How to Clean the Grill

With summer upon us, we are back to using our grill often. We love to barbecue by the pool or while camping and even on the beach. Most people find cleaning the grill to be troublesome and messy, but I’m here to show you how to clean the grill the easiest way possible. Plus, it’s chemical free, which is a huge win in my book. 

All you need to clean your grill is…

  • dirty grill
  • aluminum foil
  • grilling tongs

First, cover the top of the grill grate with aluminum foil. This will trap the fire/heat. 

*No need to wrap the grate all the way around, just the top.

Next you want to light your grill and put the aluminum foil covered grate back into place. Close the lid of the grill to really heat it up, but be sure to inspect and monitor the smoke. 

If your grill grate is super dirty, you’ll want to turn up the heat and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. If your grill grate is only semi-dirty, keep the heat at medium and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. 

Once the time is up, carefully use the grill tongs to remove the aluminum foil. When to aluminum foil is cooled, you can ball it up and use it to scrap off and scrub the ashes on the hot grate (you can also use a grill brush). Using the grilling tongs, take the grate out and smack it on the concrete to knock off the ash (sweep off the patio to get rid of the ash). 

Now you are either ready to barbecue on a clean grill, or your grill will be ready for the next time you use it. 

**Please remember to be careful and use your best judgement when cleaning and using your grill. Everything is obviously super hot. **

Check out that before and after! What a difference…and no chemicals necessary. 

How often do you clean your grill? If you found this post helpful, I’d love for you to PIN it, bookmark it, or share it with your friends. Happy summer grilling!

If you like grilling, then you’ll love this recipe for Tiki Orange Cornish Hens

Patriotic Wreaths

Happy Friday!  Allison here, back with our last week of patriotic goodness for our Must Have Craft Tips and More weekly posts. This week I’m sharing an assortment of glorious patriotic wreaths!
 It is Memorial Day weekend and with that comes a longer weekend so why not craft up one of these fabulous Patriotic Wreaths to place on your door for this holiday and for the upcoming patriotic holidays?!



So many great ideas! Which is your favorite?

Stay tuned for a whole new topic of posts next month! 


Your hostesses,


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Patriotic Outdoor Decor

Hello makers and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips and More. Kara from Mine for the Making here to bring you more fun craft tips. 

We’ve been sharing all things patriotic this month, so I thought I would share some really fun Patriotic Outdoor Decor with you! Let’s get our patios and backyards ready for the upcoming holidays. 

Star Spangled Flower Pots

Red, White, and Blue Bandana Banner

Tin Can Luminaries

Painted Lawn Stars

Rustic Ribbon and Lace USA Flag


DIY Patriotic Tiki Torches

Red, White, and Blue Bandana Pillows

Painted Flag Picnic Table (source unknown)

Patriotic Jar Luminaries 


Outdoor Patriotic Tassel Garland

Burlap Patriotic Stars

Stick American Flag (source unknown)

Wooden Fireworks

Flag Placemat Pillows

Patriotic Patio inspiration

Such fun ways to dress up your outdoor area for the upcoming patriotic holidays! Now you’re ready for BBQs and fireworks with friends and family. 

Thanks for joining us for another tips-filled-Friday. I’d love to hear how you decorate your outdoor space for Memorial Day and Independence Day!



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Patriotic Food Ideas

Hello, friends! Welcome to a new month of our fun series, Must Have Craft Tips & More!

You can catch up on past Craft Tips here!

This month we are bringing you sorts of red, white, and blue ideas to get you ready for upcoming patriotic holidays! I don’t now about you, but I love to celebrate and decorate for July 4th from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
This week I’m focusing on patriotic food ideas. I have found 15 easy, festive recipes that you can whip up for summer barbecues and 4th of July celebrations. They range from snacks and appetizers to side dishes to fun dessert ideas and even a fun beverage idea.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
American Berry Pie from Land O Lakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fourth of July Deviled Eggs from Singing Through the Rain

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popcorn from The Scrap Shoppe

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Lightened Up 7-Layer Dip from Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White,  & Blue Layered Drinks from Like Mother, Like Daughter

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Easy Flag Fruit Dessert from Family Fresh Meals

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Pretzels from The 36th Avenue

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Star Cookies from The BakerMama

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fruit Cubes from Pip & Ebby

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popsicles from Oh, the Things We’ll Make

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Cupcakes from Wilton

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Rose Cake from I Am Baker

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Pie from Smart School House

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Glittery Candy Apples from Rose Bakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Gumdrops from Hungry Happenings


Don’t these look perfect for summer?

Must Have Craft Tips & More!

Stay tuned all month long for more patriotic ideas!



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Teach Me Tuesday: Patriotic Popper Painting

I am so excited to announce and share that Mine for the Making will now have monthly content contributors! I have hand picked some of my favorite ladies who inspire me in so many ways. They will be stopping by once a month to share a piece of their talent and creativity and expertise with you. Today I’d like to introduce you to my bloggy bestie, Michelle of Delicate Construction. She is our Kids Crafts contributor and she is seriously FULL of awesome ideas for the kiddos. Today she is sharing a Patriotic Popper Painting activity for Teach Me Tuesday!

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Hi everyone!! This is Michelle from Delicate Construction and I am so excited to be a contributor at one

of my favorite blogs! Me and Kara go waaaaayyyyy back, like we have been reading each other’s blogs

for years and years so this is just so awesome that we can come together in this new way! I am going to

come on over here and share fun ideas for projects you can do with the littles and this month I thought

we would have fun with a spin on the standard patriotic craft for the fourth of July!

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Doesn’t this Patriotic Popper Painting look fun?! I live in San Diego and fireworks are illegal, granite I could just drive like an hour

and a half or so away if I really wanted to buy some, but I am not for breaking the law as a general rule

so the closest thing we get to that here are these fun little party poppers. You can get them most places

and especially party supply stores. I also grabbed a couple of our tempera paints from our classroom,

since this is fun for 4th. 

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Then I got to setting up the art area in the driveway, I laid out a good amount of butcher style paper and

then a 12×12 square of white paper on top.

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Once the area was ready, I prepped the poppers, no here is the important part- you have do to this one

at a time. I just put a little bit of paint on the end that the streamers shoot out of and then point it at the

paper and pull the string.

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You will get the feel for how it works as you do the first couple of them, I aimed at the edge of the paper

closest to me because the paint was going further across the paper that way>

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Also use CAUTION because these are poppers that should be shot AWAY from people and faces and

animals and so on. If you have older children who you would let do this on their own anyways, them

they are probably fine to do this project on their own as well. But, obviously, I would not let my four

year old do this on her own so I held the popper in position and then let her pull the string. She had a


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I think that this would be such a fun project to do any time but especially fun for 4th

just think about how fun it would be for a group of kids at a BBQ, you could even run large butcher

paper across a fence and have a different perspective. If multiple kids are doing it, I would definitely

recommend eye protection and lots of adult supervision!

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Thank you so much Kara for letting me invade your blog for the day and I hope that you all have fun with

this project! My daughter loved it and can’t wait to do it again!

Teach Me Tuesday: 10 Patriotic Kids’ Crafts

Hello and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday…a place where we share all things kid-friendly as well as teachable moments.

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With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July around the corner, I thought I would round up our top 10 Patriotic Kids’ Crafts from around the web. Just click on the links to find the full tutorials.

10 Patriotic Kids' Crafts

Which craft are you excited to show the kids how to do? I want to make those Confetti Launchers for sure! So fun!!

Thanks for stopping by today friends! 

Patriotic Chalkboard Pallet Art + a GIVEAWAY

I was compensated for materials to use to create a project, but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

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Hello there friends and Happy Sunday!

Typically I don’t post on the blog on Sundays, but I just could not resist…and you won’t be able to either! I am super excited to share the project I have been working on over the past week (while taking care of my sick kiddo). Before I can show off the Patriotic Chalkboard Pallet Art I created, I need to let you in on something SUPER fun…

Exciting news! I have teamed up with and 14 other creative DIY and craft bloggers to bring you a $200 e-card giveaway good to either Jo-Ann or Home Depot. You choose! offers a wide selection of digital coupons for both companies and brands. They are the largest provider of digital coupons on the web! Including coupons for Home Depot as well as Jo-Ann coupon codes.

As part of the giveaway, we were each given a $50 e-card to either Jo-Ann or Home Depot and asked to use it to create a DIY 4th of July project. Here is what I came up with!

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I chose a Home Depot gift card (such a hard choice!) and bought wood, screws, white spray paint, chalkboard spray paint, a paint brush, and snagged 6 red/blue paint swatches. After putting together (cutting, sanding, screwing) my pallet, I primed the wood, allowed it to dry, and added a couple of coats of white semi-gloss spray paint (Rustoleum).

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While it dried, I designed and cut the United States stencil and the “There ain’t no doubt I ♥ this land.” quote stencil on my Silhouette SD. After applying the stencils (using transfer tape), I sponge painted to quote blue and red and painted the inside of the United States stencil with the chalkboard paint.

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While everything dried, I made bunting to hang at the top of the pallet art using the paint swatches and baker’s twine. Once the chalkboard paint was dry, I rubbed chalk all over the surface to “seal” it. And finally, I drew a star over Arizona where we live.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check out the other 14 bloggers’ patriotic 4th of July projects for awesome inspiration! And thanks to for sponsoring such a great giveaway!

Tot School Tuesday: Fire Cracker Kids Craft

Hi there!

So happy you stopped by for Tot School Tuesday with See Vanessa Craft and myself! Every Tuesday we share kid-friendly ideas, activities, crafts, etc. and you can link up your kid-friendly ideas at the bottom of this post!



Today I am sharing a patriotic craft to get us ready for the 4th of July! Let’s learn how to make the Fire Cracker Kids Craft!

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recycled toilet paper rolls


paint brushes

cupcake wrappers


pipe cleaners


*Optional: stickers, glitter

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After setting up a “safe to paint” work station for your kiddo, allow them to paint the toilet paper rolls. We had 2 rolls and painted 1 blue and 1 red.

Once the toilet paper rolls are dry, help your kiddo glue a cupcake wrapper to the top of the rolls. We found patriotic cupcake wrappers at Dollar Tree.

Next, cut a pipe cleaner in half. Twist the halves on a pencil or finger. Twist 2-3 times. Pull off so it’s a spiral curled pipe cleaner, but about half way down, leave it straight.

Poke the straight end of your pipe cleaner in the top, center of the cupcake wrappers. Gently push through; stop at the spiral.

At this point you can let your kiddo decorate the Fire Crackers with glitter or stickers…or more paint! We painted stripes on 1 and ‘POW!’ on the other.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to head on over to See Vanessa Craft for more Tot School ideas and link up your kid-friendly ideas below! We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to with the kids…

Land of the Free because of the Brave {print}

I have a love/hate relationship with summertime. 
I love all of the FUN things we get to do, the people we get to spend time with, the traditions that we share, the memories we make, and the holidays we celebrate.
But I hate the sweltering 111 degree sun and the fact that the ac is out on my car.
You can see why I have this relationship with summertime.
One thing is for sure… I celebrating Independence Day.
I love this country we live in.
I love the everyday freedoms and daily blessings I receive because of our courageous soldiers
I am so grateful for their sacrifices and for the sacrifices their families make… 
So I can read what I want, eat what I want, listen to what I want, watch what I want, say what I want, write what I want, believe what I want, do what I want, love what I want, dream what I want, achieve what I want.
I am grateful for my freedom.
I am grateful for the brave.
God bless America.
Feel free to download this print I created; it’s free to MFTM readers (follow along!). 
Please use for personal use only and do not alter or claim as your own.
{Download HERE}


Fine Motor / Sensory Baggies

Now that Luci is 3 years old and I am staying home with her, I want to take advantage of this time and use my degree in early childhood development to benefit her. I interned and student taught in preschool and saved a lot of  lessons and ideas over the years. 
Luci is at an age where it’s important to build her fine motor and sensory skills. I decided to maker her some fun and simple baggies. I had all of the supplies on hand, and you probably will too!
-food coloring
-shaving cream (foam not gel)
-permanent marker (not pictured)
1. Squirt about 1/2 – 3/4 cup shaving cream to a baggie.
2. Put several drops of food coloring into the bag.
3. Seal the bag, trying to get most of the air out of the bag and flattening/smoothing out the shaving cream.
4. Once sealed, secure the top of the baggie with tape.
5. Use scissors to cut off any excess tape.
6. Squish the shaving cream around the mix up the food coloring. 
7.. Draw or write different concepts onto the baggies with a permanent marker (refer to the pictures).
I chose a few different concepts I want Luci to work on and practice. 
Baggie #1: Name and Shapes
I used yellow and green food coloring in this bag. One one side I wrote out Luci’s name.
And on the other side I drew shapes.
Baggie #2: Numbers
For this bag I put in blue and red food coloring (Luci wanted a purple baggie) and wrote numbers 1-5 on the front.
And I wrote numbers 6-10 on the back. 
Now all your preschooler has to do is trace the shapes/words/number with their pointer finger!
I also did this with my first graders…but I didn’t write anything on the bag. They used them to practice writing their spelling words on. So you can adjust the concepts and ability/developmental level of the baggies as needed. 
This is also a great indoor summer activity or a doctor’s appointment/oil change activity you can easily bring with you.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a great 4th of July! We spent time hangout out together, BBQing, baking, movies, and roof top fireworks. So fun creating memories and traditions with my family ♥. 

My sweet patriotic girl.

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