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Have a Happy 4th of July Weekend!

Have a Happy 4th of July Weekend!

 

 

Ahhhh it’s July and it is HOT! I love the start of a new month though. It’s nice to have a fresh start every now and then, isn’t it?

Let’s start this month out with a bang (cue firework noise), and celebrate the 4th of July!

LAND OF THE FREE

First, let’s remember what we are celebrating.

Independence Day: This holiday celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776. This is the day the thirteen American colonies gained independence from Britain.

USA! USA! USA!

I want to thank each and every brave member of our country that has fought to keep our freedom, fought to keep us safe, and fought for our rights as citizens of the greatest country on Earth (don’t argue).

We are blessed beyond belief in America and we surely take that for granted everyday. I know there are a lot of ongoing issues and that America isn’t perfect. We have poverty, we have hungry people, we have homeless veterans and citizens, we have crime, we have sex trafficking, the list goes on.

But we have our freedom. We do have rights. We live in a country where people can be themselves, more and more everyday. We have a lot of opportunities.

America is not perfect. But it is a great country. Let’s not forget that. And let’s not forget the brave Americans that fought for our independence, the ones that are still fighting to keep us safe and free.

Let’s also say a prayer for our country, for our country’s leaders, and our country’s people.

God Bless America

god bless america

Now, let’s celebrate this beautiful holiday!

When you think of 4th of July, fireworks, picnics, the lake, BBQ’s, hot dogs, popsicles, homemade ice cream, and parties come to mind.

Well, let’s make it happen and make this year’s party one to remember!

First, you need some good food! Here are some ideas:

  1. Have a cookout- hamburgers and hot dogs

Sliders are always fun and easy to serve also!

This is a cute idea for a build your own hamburger/hotdog bar:

Build your own hot dog bar for summer bbq:

2. BBQ: This is what I am making this year. I got my recipe from –> here!

This is super easy to make and super easy to serve! Win Win! You just put a boston butt/shoulder in the crock pot with a can of root beer for 6-7 hours on low, then shred the meat, removing the fat and the root beer, then add your bbq sauce (I used Sticky Fingers Carolina Sweet and it was amazing), and keep it warm until ready to serve.

3. Chips and salsa

Always a crowd favorite!

I made a black bean salsa! Here is my recipe:

Black Bean Salsa

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cans whole kernel corn, drained

1 bunch green onion, diced fine

1/4 cup cilantro, diced fine

5 roma tomatoes, diced

1 cup zesty Italian dressing

  • Cut and mix everything together. Chill in refrigerator at least 3 hours, but this one is great made ahead. This also makes day of work a lot easier for you!

4. Fruit!

Tis the season for fresh fruit!

Think of festive colored fruit: raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon..

Pinterest is flooded with ides of fruit designs or cakes with fruit flags..

Fun Memorial Day celebration or Forth of July.. Cut shapes with cookie cutters and toss with different fruits for a treat! From Eat Something

 

Easy Flag Fruit Dessert. Perfect patriotic dish for Memorial Day or Fourth of July!:

Cute simple (and healthy!) idea for Memorial Day, 4th of July and any summer party!:

http://catchmyparty.com/photos/654130

I’m doing the watermelon on popsicle sticks – looks so sweet and easy to serve!

5. Dessert of course!!

  • Homemade ice cream is always amazing and the 4th seems like the perfect time to make some!

We made ours last night using the electric ice cream maker, here’s the recipe I used:

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

1 quart heavy whipping cream

1 quart 1/2 and 1/2

3 cups of sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla

Milk (fill to the line with milk)

Let it mix until done, and freeze until ready to serve. It will be a little mushy at first, so you want to freeze it at least overnight to get to the right consistency.

I can’t wait to try ours! I’m just going to have chocolate syrup out, and some root beer if anyone wants floats. (umm.. as in me. I want a float.)

Root beer float bar - bottles of root beer and scoops of ice cream in mason jars on ice. Great party idea!:

http://blog.chickabug.com/2013/08/root-beer-float-bar.html

  • Cookies/Brownies

These are so easy for outdoor parties. Find some red, white, and blue sprinkles and make sugar cookies. Or make some yummy brownies. Nothing crazy, but I bet they will disappear quick.

  • Smores!

We bought ourselves a lovely little propane fire pit and it is the most perfect thing to make smores. You don’t have to chop wood, it doesn’t get smoke all over everybody, and there is no mess to it at all. But if you do it the old fashioned way, will anyone really complain while eating a smore? I bet not.

Frugal and Fun 4th of July Ideas:

http://savingbydesign.com/15-frugal-fun-4th-july-ideas/

ice cream cake17

Décor!

I love to be festive and decorate for just about every holiday.

Banners: I made some little banners to hang using my Cricut and some patriotic scrapbook paper. (Should have taken a picture). If you don’t have a Cricut, you can just cut out some patriotic paper into a bunting banner, or even print out the letters and attach to string.

Here’s some cute ideas from Pinterest

Must make this darling 4th of July Marquee Love mantel by Mommy Makes Things!:

http://mommymakesthings.com/2015/06/4th-of-july-shelf-decor/.html

4th of July Rag Ribbon Garland from @Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} for @The Ribbon Retreat - sooooo cute and easy to make!:

http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/4th-july-rag-ribbon-garland.html

Table Décor:

Check out Dollar Tree first. They have gingham, red, and blue tablecloths (for $1 man!), they have flag plates and napkins, silverware, party straws, and red cups.

The invitations are sent, the burgers are ready to be flipped on the grill but how are you going to make your 4th of July party extra special?  Here are the Top 10 essentials!:

https://coconutheadsurvivalguide.com/4th-of-july-party/

4-Minute 4th of July Decorations:

http://www.hometalk.com/1758814/4-minute-4th-of-july-decorations#lb-signup

Here are some beautiful table inspirations:

Tips for the best Fourth of July party:

http://theyesgirls.com/happy-fourth-of-july-2

gingham table setting for the #4thofjulytable:

http://www.talkofthehouse.com/the-summer-home-tour-part-3-2/

Fireworks:

You have to have fireworks! I leave the big ones to the guys, but I love getting sparklers and pop-its!

I saw this cute way to display them, and have the perfect buckets (yard sale steal) for them!

This is the idea:

Have some fun on the Fourth  with this Fourth of July Fun and Games Station!  www.uncommondesignsonline.com #ultimateredwhiteandblue:

http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/fourth-of-july-fun-and-games-station/

Whatever you decide to make, decorate with, and how you celebrate, I wish you a very Happy Forth of July!!! Enjoy your time with family and or friends, remember our brave men and women still fighting for our freedom, and say a prayer for our country!

Happy 4th of July!

Amanda