Showing posts with label 4th of July. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 4th of July. Show all posts

Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July Waffles

Start off your 4th of July right with this patriotic breakfast.  My kids loves waffles - who am I kidding?  I love waffles!  

Use your favorite waffle mix or recipe.  After you have made the batter, divide it into two separate bowls.  Dye one bowl of batter red and the other blue.

Pour one of the colors into the center of the waffle maker, then pour the other over the top of the first color.  In the pictures above I poured red first and blue second.

Once the waffles are baked spread on some butter, pour some syrup, and top with some festive sprinkles.  Isn't that a fork-full of yum?!

How do you like to celebrate the 4th of July?

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Strawberry Float

Root beer floats are a 4th of July staple in our house.  My hubby can't get enough of them!  I thought it might be fun to shake up the usual routine by making strawberry floats.

I bought some strawberry kiwi Shasta and strawberry revel ice cream.  We loaded it up just like a root beer float - ice cream on the bottom, pour the drink over the top.  Princess loved that the ice cream looked pink.

We all thought it was a tasty little drink (although Hubby, always the purist, said real root beer floats are better).

Think of all of the different flavors you could try - orange, grape, lime, etc.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Paper Swirls

4th of July is right around the corner.  That means it's time to DECORATE!  My kids always enjoy being part of the decorating process.  Last year we made paper chains for the windows.  This year I thought we'd make some paper swirls to spin in our entryway.

All you'll need is some colored cardstock, scissors, a pencil, a bowl/plate, tape, yarn/string, and stickers/glitter glue (optional).

Pick your favorite color of cardstock.  Trace around the bowl/plate to get a nice circle.  *Tip: don't use one that's too big.  I tried a plate that filled the whole 12 x 12 cardstock and my swirl didn't spin as well as the others.

Draw a swirl ending in the middle of the circle.  Cut out the circle and then cut along the line until you get to the middle.  This was wonderful scissor practice for Goofy.

Tape a piece of yarn to the middle of the circle.  After that it's time to decorate the swirl.

The stickers were fun, but my girls especially liked squirting glitter glue all over their swirls.

We love sparkly swirls!

This craft also helps children work on their fine motor skills.  Bud was very meticulous about putting his stickers exactly where he wanted them.

Here are a couple of our completed swirls.

Another look at the swirls.  Can you see all of the pretty glitter?

Bud couldn't wait to hold them up and watch them spin.

Here they are in our doorway.  The kids sat and watched them spin and spin!

What are some of your favorite 4th of July crafts?

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Red, White, & Blue Smoothie

Happy 4th of July!

I made super fun chocolate-dipped strawberries for my kids to eat for lunch.  I have been on a bit of a health kick (they come and go) and so I wanted to make something festive, and also healthy.

Enter the red, white, and blue smoothie.  Let's take a closer look.

You will need 12 oz milk, 1 T flax seed, 1 ripe banana, 1 t sweetener of your choice, a dash of cinnamon, 2 handfuls frozen blueberries, and 6-7 frozen strawberries.  Blend until it is the desired consistency and enjoy!

It was absolutely delicious!

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I had BIG plans for this 4th of July.  BIG plans!  I was going to take my kids to the parade and all of the events.  The kids were going to sing my praises about how I am the best mom.  We were going to come home simply exhausted...

Even the best laid plans can fall through.

Because we couldn't get to the parade, I decided to make things as festive as possible at home.  We started off the day with painting nails.  I knew this would be a hit because nail painting is a rarity at our house.

I'm sure it's obvious from the previous pictures, I painted Princess' nails red.  Then, using a toothpick, I made little flowers on her big toes.  Goofy got white nails with blue flowers.

My girls were so proud to show off their nails.  Bud had lots of fun watching his sisters get their nails done.  He kept pointing at their feet and saying, "Pretty!"

Here are some more 4th of July ideas for those of you who are more talented than I am at painting nails:
Patriotic Banner Nails - Nailed It
Flag Nails - No source
Fourth of July Nail Design - I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous
Flag Tips - No source
Simple Flag - No source

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There are two things in this world that I crave: strawberries and chocolate.  I have seen these cute chocolate-dipped strawberries all over Pinterest and I knew I needed to try my hand at them.  

I took 1/2 a bag of white chocolate chips.  Melted them in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until they were melted.  I dipped my washed strawberries in the chocolate.  Then, I dipped the chocolate covered strawberries into a bowl full of blue sprinkles.  They hardened quickly.

We Dastrups were in strawberry heaven!

You will need to work quickly if you use white chocolate because it hardens fast.  Chocolate candy melts might be a better way to go, but I used what I had on hand.

Here are couple of other strawberry ideas you can use for your 4th of July BBQ:
Brownie Fruit Kabobs - Mel's Kitchen Cafe
American Flag Kabobs - Source Unknown
Strawberry Pretzel Salad - Atkinson Drive
Marshmallow Strawberry Kabobs - Giggles Galore
Cream Stuffed Strawberries - Laura Stec

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