A Patriotic Fourth

Long time, no post! So, what better way to get back in the swing of things than with a 4th of July party? ūüôā

Decorations: Red, White, and Blue Banner

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Supplies:

  • Red, White, and Blue Bandannas
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Cut the bandannas into triangles or rectangles (whatever shape you desire).

2. Hot glue the tops of the shapes onto the twine and hang inside or outside.

Food: Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

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Ingredients:

Red layer:

  • 1 (3 oz) package of strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup cold water
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

White layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream, liquefied

Blue layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups blueberries
  • 6 Mason Jars
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

Strawberry layer:¬†Stir 1 cup of boiling water into the strawberry gelatin until gelatin is fully dissolved.¬†Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of cold water and the chopped strawberries.

1. Arrange the jars at an angle in a muffin tin.

2. Put flour or uncooked rice in the wells to hold the jars in place. Gently spoon equal amounts of the strawberry gelatin mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes.

White layer:¬†Once the strawberry gelatin is firm, begin making the white ice cream layer. In a medium bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water (allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes). Then, stir in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water until the gelatin is completely dissolved.¬†Mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar, then stir in 1 cup of the melted ice cream until smooth

1. With the jars still at an angle in the muffin tin, spoon equal amounts of the ice cream mixture into each of the jars.

2. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Blueberry layer: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water in a bowl. Wait 2 minutes to allow the gelatin to absorb the water. Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved and¬†then mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar. Lastly, add the 1 ¬Ĺ cup of blueberries.

1. Refrigerate the blueberry mixture in the bowl until it thickens to the consistency of a gel .

2. Take the jars out of the muffin tin and set them upright.

3. Spoon equal amounts of the blueberry mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm.

4. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.ehow.com/info_12340443_red-white-blue-patriotic-parfaits.html

Game: Test Your Patriotic Knowledge! 

Quiz your friends on their Patriotic Knowledge. Person to get the most right wins. (Answers below.) 

1. What is the capital of Colorado?

2. The Mardi Gras celebration is held in the French Quarter of where?

3. Which state became the 50th state, admitted on August 21, 1959?

4. Name the six states that make up New England.

5. Coca-Cola was founded in which capital city?

6. Which state capital name means ‚Äúprotected bay?‚ÄĚ

7. Which state is famous for earthquakes?

8. What state is known for having crocodiles?

9. Also known as Mary Hayes McCauley, what woman carried water to men in the Battle of Monmouth during the Revolutionary War in 1778?

10. Who was the leader of the Underground Railroad, which brought many slaves to freedom?

Answers: 1. Denver 2. New Orleans 3. Hawaii 4. Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island 5. Atlanta, Georgia 6. Honolulu, Hawaii 7. California 8. Florida 9. Molly Pitcher 10. Harriet Tubman 

Quiz Copyright 2015 Country Belle Chic

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A Patriotic Fourth: My Stars and Stripes Extravangaza 

It’s day two of our 4th of July celebration! Have fun with your family and friends with this easy craft and patriotic music!

Craft: Star Bowl 

July 3

Supplies: 

  • Old Book Pages
  • Mod Podge
  • Bowl
  • White¬†Tissue Paper
  • Red Paint
  • Hot Glue
  • Blue Ribbon

Directions:

1. Cut random size stars from old book pages.

2. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the outside of the bowl, lay down the stars, then add  top-coat of Mod Podge.

3. Add stars until the bowl is covered.

4. Cut the tissue paper into small squares. Apply two layers of tissue paper to the outside of the bowl.  Then add two coats of red paint to the outside of the bowl.  Allow to dry.

5. Apply more stars to the outside of the of the bowl using the same method as above.  Apply two top-coats of Mod Podge to the outside. Hot glue a piece of trim around the outer edge.

Patriotic Music

  1. “The Star Spangled Banner”
  2. “America the Beautiful”
  3. “God Bless the USA”
  4. “Born in the USA”
  5. “You’re a Grand Ole Flag”

 

 


A Patriotic Fourth: My Stars and Stripes Extravaganza

The 4th of July is right around the corner. As one of my favorite holidays, I thought I would share with y’all a little bit on how I’m celebrating, starting with decorations, food, and a game. Check back tomorrow for the final additions to the party!

Decorations: Red, White, and Blue Banner

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Supplies:

  • Red, White, and Blue Bandannas
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Cut the bandannas into triangles or rectangles (whatever shape you desire).

2. Hot glue the tops of the shapes onto the twine and hang inside or outside.

Food: Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

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Ingredients:

Red layer:

  • 1 (3 oz) package of strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup cold water
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

White layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream, liquefied

Blue layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups blueberries


  • 6 Mason Jars
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

Strawberry layer:¬†Stir 1 cup of boiling water into the strawberry gelatin until gelatin is fully dissolved.¬†Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of cold water and the chopped strawberries.

1. Arrange the jars at an angle in a muffin tin.

2. Put flour or uncooked rice in the wells to hold the jars in place. Gently spoon equal amounts of the strawberry gelatin mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes.

White layer:¬†Once the strawberry gelatin is firm, begin making the white ice cream layer. In a medium bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water (allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes). Then, stir in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water until the gelatin is completely dissolved.¬†Mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar, then stir in 1 cup of the melted ice cream until smooth

1. With the jars still at an angle in the muffin tin, spoon equal amounts of the ice cream mixture into each of the jars.

2. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Blueberry layer: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water in a bowl. Wait 2 minutes to allow the gelatin to absorb the water. Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved and¬†then mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar. Lastly, add the 1 ¬Ĺ cup of blueberries.

1. Refrigerate the blueberry mixture in the bowl until it thickens to the consistency of a gel .

2. Take the jars out of the muffin tin and set them upright.

3. Spoon equal amounts of the blueberry mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm.

4. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.ehow.com/info_12340443_red-white-blue-patriotic-parfaits.html

Game: Test Your Patriotic Knowledge! 

Quiz your friends on their Patriotic Knowledge. Person to get the most right wins. (Answers below.) 

1. What is the capital of Colorado?

2. The Mardi Gras celebration is held in the French Quarter of where?

3. Which state became the 50th state, admitted on August 21, 1959?

4. Name the six states that make up New England.

5. Coca-Cola was founded in which capital city?

6. Which state capital name means “protected bay?”

7. Which state is famous for earthquakes?

8. What state is known for having crocodiles?

9. Also known as Mary Hayes McCauley, what woman carried water to men in the Battle of Monmouth during the Revolutionary War in 1778?

10. Who was the leader of the Underground Railroad, which brought many slaves to freedom?

Answers: 1. Denver 2. New Orleans 3. Hawaii 4. Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island 5. Atlanta, Georgia 6. Honolulu, Hawaii 7. California 8. Florida 9. Molly Pitcher 10. Harriet Tubman 

Quiz Copyright 2015 Country Belle Chic

Freedom Isn’t Always Free

I know it’s been a few weeks since America celebrated Independence Day, but I stumbled upon this article and had to share it! God bless the USA!¬†

“Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the
Declaration of Independence ?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or
hardships of the Revolutionary War.They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying.¬†Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill¬†were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests
and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: freedom is never free!¬†A single moment of understanding can flood a whole life with meaning.” -Peggy Hinton¬†