S’more Pudding Parfait

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By Michele from SunshineandFlipFlops (Guest blogger for SelfieMark).
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Take my advice, you’re gonna want to grab a spoon after looking at this delicious dessert.

With Memorial Day approaching, I was thinking about one of my favorite desserts that the kids go crazy over. If you guessed S’mores? You’re absolutely right. I’m pretty sure many of you have already tried a campfire S’more before. Toasted Marshmallows , Graham Crackers and of course chocolate in a gooey handheld treat. Do I dare to say more?

For my family, it’s a must for us to start the Summer season with S’mores. This time around, I decided to surprise them with a twist of our favorite dessert and make them an S’more Pudding Parfait with fresh fruit. It’s so so good!

Parfaits are my downfall. There are tons of ways to make them and the best part is no one ever complains because they love them just the same.

My S’more Pudding Parfait are the perfect dessert to serve at your Memorial Day cookout. They’re so delicious and super simple to make on the day of your gathering.

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With only a few ingredients needed, this recipe can be made in no time. In fact, it takes less than 15 minutes to make. It’s pretty much effortless. Since I wanted to put a twist on my favorite S’more Pudding Parfaits, I decided to place some fresh fruit on top like blueberries and strawberries.  Sounds yummy already doesn’t it?

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 Package of Chocolate Pudding (Instant or Stove Top)
  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Whipped Cream or (Cool Whip)
  • Strawberries or Blueberries

One of the best ways to crumble graham crackers is to place them inside a zipped sandwich bag. When using a wooden dough roller, you’ll find how easy it is to crumble your crackers to layer your dessert. If you don’t have a roller on hand, your blender will work just as great.

Next, spoon your crumble pieces of graham crackers into your glass. You want to make sure that you have created a base for your parfait.

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If you’re using instant chocolate pudding, begin to spoon your pudding into your glass and cover the graham crackers right away. If you need to prepare your chocolate pudding, please follow the instructions on the packaging first. I did find it easier to use a small spoon to help create an equal layer of chocolate pudding on my graham crackers.

Before placing your marshmallows into the glass first cut them into four pieces. For this recipe, I used square marshmallows so they were pretty easy to cut in fours.

Once you have placed a dollop of whipped cream on top, feel free to add your favorite fruits and since this special treat would be great to serve during the Summer, add a few blueberries or strawberries. It’s the perfect dessert to end a very happy weekend.

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So tell me, what is your favorite dessert to make for Memorial Day weekend?

Would love to hear your ideas on SelfieMark.

DIY Mother’s Day Fabric-Covered Planter

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By Michele from SunshineandFlipFlops (Guest blogger for SelfieMark).
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Are you on the hunt for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Many will agree, purchasing a gift for mom is not as easy as one thinks. Between knowing what she needs, wants or already has, can get overwhelming. I’ve always enjoyed giving my mom personal and creative gifts. Sometimes we have to think out of the box and make them something special but in the back of our minds, we still ponder what.  One thing is for sure, Moms deserve it all!

Now don’t get me wrong, I still love receiving the simple gifts from my children. From homemade cards to even those re-wrapped gifts from last year, it truly is the thought that counts especially coming from our children.

These days, moms are unselfish. We put the needs of others before our own. We’re so busy multi-tasking and juggling our duties that our needs come last. It’s so true. I know for myself and even when Mother’s Day rolls around, I’ll be doing what I do every single day because our job never retires, it never ends.

As much as I would love to put my feet up, relax for the day, and be hand- fed strawberries from my husband, it’s just not logical and is not going to happen. -And, you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that.

But do you know what will make me happy on Mother’s Day? Just having my family around me on that day. I bet you’re saying, well that’s nothing special? Honestly, it is. Since my family has hectic schedules, it’s hard for all of us to be together at once. With my older children in college and having jobs, there are days that we only see each other when passing by.

Usually on Mother’s Day, my husband along with my younger children will cook me a big breakfast. When I say “big” I’m talking huge! From Belgian waffles topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream, eggs, bacon, sausages, home fries, and homemade freshly squeezed orange juice. All my favorites! Sounds delicious doesn’t it? My kitchen tablescape looks more like a buffet line. One of the things that I love to do when creating recipes or preparing dinner for my family is using fresh herbs from our garden. Nothing can compete with the freshness especially when you grow them yourself.

So today and with Mother’s Day approaching, I share with you not only a gift for mom but something she will enjoy in her home that takes little to no time to do.

My DIY Mother’s Day Fabric-Covered Planter. These beautiful fabric-covered planters are so easy to make and the best part is you can reuse your old clay or plastic pots. That’s right, just dust and rinse them off. Not only does it save you money but it’s a great way to recycle. It’s also a great way to instantly turn those boring old pots to gorgeous planters.

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First, you will need:

  • Clay Planter Pot
  • Colorful Fabric
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Pre-Started Herbs
  • Garden Soil

Next, prepare your space for cutting your fabric.

Keep in mind, depending on the size of your planter pot will determine the amount of fabric is needed for this project. I purchased a yard to give myself wiggle room for errors.

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Begin by placing your planter on top of your fabric. I found it easy to take one corner of the material and then pulling it towards the inside of the pot. What’s great about using fabric especially the type with some form flexibility, is how it works with you.

Now that you understand the concept, its time to start spraying your adhesive onto the fabric to your planter. Using adhesive spray works wonderfully for this craft idea. It fact, it’s seamless. You can also use hot glue but it’s so much easier to use the adhesive spray.  It’s honestly my new best friend!

Once you’ve started to spray the adhesive around the rim of the pot, start placing the fabric on top of it. Simple right? Keep in mind that you want a nice snug fitting or close to it.

Next, you will notice that you still have material on the bottom of the planter. Just trim and spray. If you find that you still have extra fabric like shown above, just pull it through the hole on the bottom of your planter. Having a little extra fabric poking through is fine.

With many herbs to choose from, I decided to pick a few of my all time favorites. Just like Rosemary. I just love cooking with it. Not only does it smell wonderful but the flavor coming from this herb makes any dish delicious.

You can certainly grow herbs from seeds although purchasing a pre-started herb allows this gift to be instantly consumed.

With many variations of fabrics available, you can really personalize  your fabric-covered planter to your favorite colors and designs. You can really go wild and match your outdoor furniture colors so these planters blend in with other decor and furnishings.

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So tell me, how will you spend this Mother’s Day?