Berries, Beans and Eagles

So my best friend and her family came down for the 4th to celebrate with us, it is sort of a tradition for the last 4 years we have been celebrating together, a few years ago we went to White Lake for the 4th, and this weekend we had a backyard BBQ. So I may not be a Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker but I am definately a mix between the two. Next year will be even better!!!!Hopefully the entire family will be together for the backyard shindig!!!

SO I wanted to give my home a patriotic feel by designing craft projects to adorn the rooms or serve as festive decorations for a Fourth of July party. Just because the party is liable to take place outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t decorate. The 4th of July is all about the red, white and blue, so be sure to display the American flag and decorate in the colors of the U.S.A.
I went all out and purchased Independence Day cups and plates, and encourage guests to wear red, white and blue to the party.That was the theme!
So if you don’t want to be creative, just visit the local party store and purchase some red, white and blue balloons.
Independence Day festivities are for people of all ages, so if you are hosting you should have something for everyone. Adults may appreciate a cold beer to accompany their hamburgers and fireworks, but be sure to have plenty of other cold beverages on hand as well. Stock up on soda, ice water and other popular non-alcoholic beverages
Gather inexpensive red, white and blue craft supplies and enlist the kids to help you create the handmade decorations. Determine how you’ll use the completed crafts and consider your time limit and budget when choosing Fourth of July decorating ideas to suit your needs. Make decorations for the buffet, dinner or gift table by creating a simple arrangement in tall glass cylinder vase.
So this 4th of July I did a little more decoration and became more creative! So the first thing I did was create a centerpiece with red, white and black beans. WOW it turned out better than I thought it would, how CUTE! As you can see I though it was so festive I did the smaller cannisters the same way, it actually gave my fireplace a really CUTE feel!
With pops, traditional favorites like cake, cookies, brownies and cereal treats break away from the plate and stand up to join the celebration.If you can stick it on a stick—it’s a pop! Your favorite sweet treats are more fun to eat when you can just grab them and enjoy. The fun factor really goes off the charts when you decorate them with colorful candy and sprinkles! Get ready for the most stick-tacular treats that ever popped up at a party! It’s time for pops — grabbable goodies on a stick you’ll love to dip, decorate and devour.  I thought what a neat idea to make the pops on a plate and decorate them in like a flag design! Red, White and Blue Pops! See from my picture they aren’t like some profession picture, this is what I snapped with my iPhone, so if I can make it you can too!!!
Next I made Bald Eagles, who knew that these treats WOULD be so easy to make and SO exciting for them to turn out! Cute, delicious, and easy to make, these bald eagle treats will be enjoyed at Fourth of July celebrations, or for any occasion where you’d like to make treats with a nature theme.
PATROTIC COOLER (below)  Among the more patriotic days on the American calendar, the 4th of July is also among the most festive. Fireworks displays occur across the country, and backyard barbecues commonly begin in the afternoon and last well into the night. I wanted to ensure my guests that  4th of July parties go off without a hitch can consider the following tips
Check out my red, white and blue cooler. I didn’t think it would work, the key is ICE!!! It won’t work unless you have ice!!!
So if you couldn’t make your drink blend properly you always have a back up.
RED AND BLUE FIZZERS (to the right)
What I did was use decroative ice trays and freeze different colors of ice and once they were finished I put them in a glass and pour clear soda on them. Taking about how the kids loved this drink! This was another one! TOTALLY happy kids, they were excited because I was giving them such cool stuff.
So my day doesn’t stop there with the drinks, my KIDS loved them! It turned out PERFECT! I tried both with edible glitter and sprinkles, either way it was fun for the kids to eat, and not to mention delicious!
So I’ll end with my main man, BraWonka!Follow Me on Pinterest

Memorial Day a day of remembrance

I have to let you all know May until July has to be my most favorite months. I love the Red, White and Blue! I love Americana memorabilia, Flags and anything Patriotic. 

Now we just had Armed Forces Day, which I really never realized or celebrated. This year as Memorial Day approaches, I have really been thinking about it and not necessarily like picnics and trips to the beach. I am considering the TRUE meaning of Memorial Day. This is the blog post I wrote for the Army Blog. As Memorial Day 2011 approaches, it is time to stop for a moment and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Studies from the Department of Veterans Affairs show that most Americans confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day? Why? Well both holidays commemorate our veterans service, but with one important difference. So what’s the difference you ask? Well Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries sustained during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military.

On this Memorial Day we should honor the many soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to their country. From soldiers who fought during the American Revolution to the soldiers of today’s Armed Forces. We also need to remember that the war lives on in soldiers, even after they depart the battlefield, and war lives on in the lives of those families who survive. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we remember our loved ones and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice. 

This Memorial Day I am going to do something a little different than years before. My husband, children and I are going to buy American flags and visit a few of the nearby cemeteries and walk through and find the soldiers who do not have a flag. I’ll leave one and say a prayer for the family of that person, who for some reason could not bring their soldier flowers or a flag. I am also going to visit my grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s grave who fought in WWI and WWII. I also ask you this Memorial Day to fly your American Flag at half staff and let it remind us of the sacrifices being paid by our men and women in uniforms. Our flag is truly a symbol of the freedoms that we are fighting to protect.

I’ll pray for the families who paid the ultimate price, whose loved ones died, or were imprisoned and never returned. I’ll pray for anyone who may still be missing in action or a prisoner of war. I will not forget I will not let my children forget, rest assure that your commitment to the United States and the US Army will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service to our country.

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