Let Freedom Ring, It’s Independence Day!

I must admit, the Fourth of July is by far my all time favorite holiday!  There is something so magical about the smell in the air, the warm summer breeze, spending a day in the water with your loved ones then watching the artful explosions unfold in the night’s sky with the sting of your sun kissed skin…  I cannot wait for Friday!  I thought I would share a few of my family’s favorite traditions.

4th-july-2Ok. I love making clothes for special events.  I made all my family’s shirts for my daughter’s cheerleading competition; I make special shirts for birthdays and school functions.  Every year I try to do something different for each holiday and came across this handprint flag idea.  Super cute, right?  I like to add lots of ribbons and glitter; get creative!  Scissors are awesome!  Don’t forget Mom and Dad’s shirts, too ;)

Start the day off with patriotic pancakes.  They are fun, delicious and the kids will love them!  Simply separate your batter into three batches, add red food coloring to one, blue to the other and leave one batch plain.  Decorate with blueberries, whipped cream, raspberries or strawberries and/or red, white and blue sprinkles.

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The kiddos will need delicious treats throughout the day.  One favorite of ours is a banana, watermelon, strawberry and blueberry flag shaped tray, similar to what’s pictured.

However, this variation uses raspberries and brie cheese (which we will be trying this year).  Get creative; there are tons of fruits and veggies that are red, white and blue!

I just saw this on Pinterest and we are absolutely partaking in this delicious snack this year.  Make three sheets of cake using Super Moist White cake mix (my favorite is Betty Crocker).  Use blue and red food coloring for two of the cake batter mixes.  Using a round cookie cutter, cut out circles of each sheet and cut a hole in the center of the top two circles.  Using icing “glue” the pieces together and fill with pop rocks.  Replace the top center piece and surprise your little ones with a fun, firecracker cake experience!  If you’d like, roll them in icing and add patriotic sprinkles (we’ll be doing this for sure).

Another sweet treat the kiddies will love is an ice-cream sandwich with red white and blue sprinkles.  It is one of our all time favorites!

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You cannot celebrate America without some good ole American dishes, aka hotdogs and hamburgers.  A delicious hamburger recipe is to add honey or spicy brown mustard and mayonnaise, some chopped red onions and smoked Gouda cheese.  Pair with a potato bun and if you have taste buds like mine, you’ll be in heaven.  For the little ones, use Pillsbury crescent rolls and wrap them around your favorite hotdog (ours is Nathan’s).  Bake per crescent roll recipe, add a long kabob stick and a piece of cheese at the end and boom.  A fun delicious hotdog the kids will love.

If you are going to enjoy a hot July day you can’t do so without staying hydrated.  Sometimes it is hard to keep the kiddos continuously consuming water (and let’s admit it, it’s hard to remember for ourselves).  Fill ice cube trays with blueberries, strawberries, cherries and raspberries and freeze for your water cups.  For the adults, add the cubes to vodka for a fun adult beverage.

I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July holiday!  Be safe and enjoy!———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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Comments

  1. christina says:

    oh boy its my fav holiday too

  2. claira james says:

    LOVE these ideas!!!!!!!

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