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Entries in Fourth of July (21)

Thursday
Jun302011

COOKIES FOR THE 4TH

I made these cookies for a friend who was moving (she said it was the best drive ever) and as a thank you for friends who had invited us for a visit.  My children each had one before the cookies were delivered and they said, "...Mommy, you should put these on your blog!".  So, here goes- only I changed them a little to get them ready for the 4th of July*!

This is a family-favorite recipe from a favorite, family friend!  My friend, Heather, first made these for us and we made sure to get the recipe before the left!

They are actually called MONSTER COOKIES because of their size.  This recipe makes a BIG batch of BIG cookies- perfect for a crowd!

MONSTER COOKIES

1 CUP BUTTER

3 CUPS PEANUT BUTTER

2 CUPS WHITE SUGAR

1/4 CUP LIGHT KARO SYRUP

4 teaspoons BAKING SODA

1/4 teaspoon SALT

2 teaspoons VANILLA

6 EGGS

CREAM ALL INGREDIENTS AND ADD~

8-10 CUPS OATMEAL

12 OZ. CHOCOLATE CHIPS

12 OZ. M &M s

Scoop 1/4 cup for each cookie and drop on cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

* I added white chocolate chips (half a bag of white chocolate and half a bag of semi-sweet chips) and used only red and blue M&Ms for the cookies shown.  Happy 4th!

Monday
Jun272011

ADD A SPARK TO INDEPENDENCE DAY

Adding a spark to your party for Independence Day can be fun, easy, and CUTE!

An ALL-AMERICAN COKE looks even more patriotic with bottle wrappers from Lauren McKinsey Designs~

I love all of the new items Lauren McKinsey Designs has added for this collection!

I used her cute banner to make straw decorations.  Just use a hole puncher to make a hole in the top and bottom of the paper and slide straw through holes.  This works equally well with paper straws from Hey Yo Yo or plastic striped straws found at the grocery store!

Of course, the ice cream cone wrappers liven up the cones in the simplest of ways~

Just print, cut, wrap, and secure with tape!  REALLY CUTE- REALLY EASY!

See the entire FOURTH OF JULY collection- you will find an endless supply of fun and inspiration...

My glass bottles are re-purposed Starbuck's Frappuccino bottles- easy to find!

Independence Day banners can be made in different sizes when downloaded from Lauren McKinsey Designs...

She also has her adorable Hershey Kisses stickers available!

I think these would also be cute to let children use to decorate their own ice cream cone wrapper for a fun, quick activity while the ice cream is churning.

And I love the candy jar cut-outs- they also double as cup cake or pie toppers!

Print on sticker paper and make to-go boxes or treat boxes~

The collection has such a wide variety! 

The way printables work:  you simply purchase the file you would like to have sent to your email;  you print out your party pack and use in any way to decorate your party!  You will have gorgeous designs to use and as many as you like!

The Fourth of July Party Package is available at

http://laurenmckinsey.com/2011/06/think-cute-designs-products-celebrate-independence/

ENJOY YOUR CELEBRATION!!

Saturday
Jun252011

FIRECRACKER APPETIZER

Spending time with friends is always great for inspiration!  I recently had a chance to spend some time with my friend Raina (impeccable hostess), and she whipped up one of my favorite appetizers.  She gave the "ok" for me to share the easy app with you- here it is fixed up for the FOURTH!

Cherry Peppers stuffed with Chevre cheese-

I like Raina's choice of peppers the best- Peppadew brand.  They are mild, whole, sweet piquante peppers- also known as "cherry peppers".  Remove the seeds with a paring knife and spoon in herbed goat cheese.  Top with an american flag and you have an easy little firecracker of an appetizer!

ENJOY!

Thursday
Jun232011

FOURTH OF JULY FUN

There is just something about ice cream and the Fourth of July that go hand-in-hand!  As a child, my parents used to make homemade ice cream each year- I remember always wishing that the ice cream churn would go a little faster.  Although I won't be making our own ice cream this Independence Day, I will be serving up some cute ice cream ideas...

These mini cones serve up just the right size and amount.  My friend, Emily, keeps a steady supply on hand for toddler playdates and neighborhood get-togethers- such a great idea!  She has my children hooked on these little cuties...

I set the mini cones on tiny candy cups that I found at Jo-Ann's Fabric.  The cups are the perfect size, too- especially if you want to catch your ice cream as it melts in the July heat!

One of the easiest treats that we make each year on July 4th~ dipped pretzel rods that we call "Sparklers".

A tried-and-true, super-simple, festive treat to make with the kids and take to a party.  Simply melt white chocolate squares and roll pretzel rods through the white chocolate.  Sprinkle with sprinkles! My son always wants to know why we don't dip the whole pretzel!

EASY, QUICK, YUMMY!

And with the left over white chocolate, we made these cute star-shaped candies.

Pour the melted chocolate into the star molds (from Wilton, found at Michael's).  Decorate with sprinkles.  I added half of striped straw for fun and easy pick-up.  Let set.

Back to the ice cream ideas...

FESTIVE CONE WRAPPERS!

HURRY!  IT'S MELTING!  These cone wrappers are from Lauren McKinsey Designs and are available for downloading in her shop.

http://laurenmckinsey.com/2011/06/think-cute-designs-products-celebrate-independence/

It is easy to add little details to your celebration that make a big impact.  Wooden spoons decked out for the Fourth of July are unexpected and fun.  They just make you smile!

Embellished with stars and stripes...they just add a little pop of fun to that bowl of ice cream!

The wooden spoons are from GARNISH. 

http://www.thinkgarnish.com/store/scripts/default.asp

I found the felt stars and the flowers in the scrapbooking section at Michael's.  The stars were borders that I cut out and stuck on.  The flowers were glued.

I hope you find some fun inspiration for your Independence Day celebrations!

Enjoy!

Wednesday
Jun222011

MY FAVORITE SUMMER HOSTESS GIFT

Nothing says summer like blackberries, and I love bringing a flower pot full of berries to a Fourth of July celebration.  This hostess gift is yummy, unexpected, easy, and affordable!  Blackberries are only in season for a short time and so they are a real treat.

They aren't just for the Fourth of July- change the ribbon and liner and use it for any summer party.

AND, if you are the hostess...serve them in these adorable little pots for the children big and small.  Everyone loves their tiny size~ and they look so cute on THE PASTRY PEDESTAL.

The tiny terra cotta pots already have a hole in the bottom and so they fit perfectly onto the pedestals.

The cute paper circles on the bottom of the pedestals are from LAUREN MCKINSEY DESIGNS.

All of these pots of berries are easy to assemble.  I found the terra cotta pots at Michael's.  The waxed paper liner for the pots are from Michael's in the baking section.  Regular tissue paper and regular waxed paper will work too!  Ribbon is also from Michae's~

Super easy, super fun, super affordable! 

The Pastry Pedestal is available at this site~

http://www.thepastrypedestal.com/

Paper printables available from Lauren McKinsey Designs

http://laurenmckinsey.com/2011/06/think-cute-designs-products-celebrate-independence/

More Independence Day ideas coming soon~

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