It’s beginning to look a lot like summer! In fact, this Friday is the official summer solstice.

Tomorrow I’m sharing a craft that requires a sewing machine, so if you don’t have one, just do something else fun as part of your daily Christmas magic.

Following Wordless Wednesday, I’m sharing some celebratory ideas to kick off summer. I have a sangria recipe that requires fresh or frozen blueberries along with pomegranate juice, OR you can just shortcut with a bottle of blueberry-pomegranate juice. You’ll also need a bottle of red wine, 1/4 cup cognac, and 1/4 cup triple sec if you want to make the alcoholic version. For a non-alcoholic version, you’ll need grape juice, orange juice, and sparkling water. Finally, you’ll want an orange on hand so you can properly garnish your sangria.

At the end of the week we are going to practice making a fireworks design on sugar cookies. This is super easy and looks very impressive, but you may want to practice first before our big fireworks days coming up in the US and Canada. As a bonus, the fireworks design is exactly the same as a spiderweb design, so you’ll be all set for Halloween cookies too. Pick up some plain round sugar cookies at the grocery store. You’ll also need powdered sugar and some gel food coloring for the royal icing. If you have condiment squeeze bottles (affiliate link) that are typically used with royal icing, that is great, but you can also use a plastic sandwich bag. The only ingredient that is harder to find is meringue powder (affiliate link). You can order from Amazon which I linked, or you can get it at craft stores in the cookie decorating aisle. But if you do not want to get meringue powder you can still make the cookie frosting without it. This is a very easy and forgiving design, you will see. I’ll give you all the instructions Saturday.

Last, but not least, on Saturday we’re going to sneak in a Christmas-themed TV episode featuring a dad who is missing the holiday. Don’t forget Father’s Day is next Sunday.

Have a great week!

(Image credit: Ruth Eastman)

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