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October 12

There is nothing better than this time of the year!

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Christmas in July Day 3 

It’s time for some decorations and food fun for our Christmas in July!

Candy Cane Decorations 
  

Supplies: 

Wooden dowel rods

White Styrofoam circles

Red glitter glue

Directions: 

1: Press a Styrofoam circle into the top of a wooden dowel.

2: Decorate similar to a peppermint.

Fun to place around a house, office space, and more!

Hot Chocolate Sticks 

Ingredients: 

Marshmallows

Melting chocolate

Peppermints

Wooden dowel rods

Directions: 

1: Crush the peppermints in a ziplock bag. Place one marshmallow onto the bottom end of a wooden dowel.

2: Melt the chocolate, in either the microwave or onto of the stove, and dip the marshmallows.

3: Roll the marshmallows into the peppermint and let harden. You can place in the refrigerator, if needed to quicken hardening.

Enjoy!

Easy, Breezy Beach Bag

July 6
Supplies: 
  • Bath Towel in a fun color or pattern
  • 2 yards of webbing
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • White Thread

Directions:

1. On the short sides of the towel, measure 5 inches in and 3 inches down on each side to pin the webbing. Sew in a box stitch to secure and create handles.
2. Fold towel in half lengthwise, placing right sides (what will be the outsides) together. Pin along the side seams.
3. Using a zig zag stitch start, sew and fold about 3 inches in. Then, stitch both layers in a straight line.
4. Repeat on the other side.
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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
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

White layer:

  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream, liquefied

Blue layer:

  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ 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 ½ 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 ½ cup of boiling water until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Mix in ½ 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 ½ cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved and then mix in ½ cup of sugar. Lastly, add the 1 ½ 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

Southern Household Tip: Uses for Baking Soda

july 1

There are about five or so standard household supplies that I keep on hand and use for everything…and I mean everything. Over the next few weeks, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorites, starting with my all-time favorite-baking soda.

Baking soda is a great product with multiple uses for cooking, body care, and more!

1: Combined with water, baking soda makes a great body and face exfoliate.

2: Mix with toothpaste and hydrogen peroxide for a teeth-whitening toothpaste.

3: Place a box in your refrigerator to remove those pesky odors.

4: Makes cleaning the toilet just a bit easier.

5: Sprinkle on fish before cooking and it removes the odor.

6: Baking soda is the perfect scrub for fruits and vegetables.

7: Add water and you have a new way to polish silverware.

8: For fluffy eggs, mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to every 3 eggs.

9: Pour vinegar and baking soda down a drain to get it unclogged.

10: Sprinkle onto carpet and let stand for at least 30 minutes. Vacuum up to remove odors.

My Summer Bucket List

Ah, summer-the time to break out the swimsuit, flip flops, and the traditions. Every year, there are certain things I have to do, otherwise it wouldn’t be the season. Below are the ten things on my summer bucket list:

1. Take a walk on the beach.

2. Spend a day on the lake.

3. Have a backyard camping trip.

4. Play messy twister with paint (tomorrow’s post will tell you how).

5. Go star gazing and watch fireworks on the 4th of July.

6. Make homemade ice cream and can vegetables for next year.

7. Spend a day volunteering.

8. Build a sandcastle.

9. Make s’mores in a bonfire.

10. Spend a day at an amusement park.

DIY Mother’s Day Gift Basket

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Mother’s Day is Sunday! Still looking for that perfect gift for your momma? Make her a gift basket, full of her favorite things!

This quick and easy DIY basket is filled with love and surprises. All you have to do is get a cute, fun basket (can be a bucket, jar, or bag) and fill it with her favorites. My present is filled with magazines, candies, and lotion. Lastly, attach a heart-felt card to the handle.

There is nothing better than a gift made from the heart!

Picture Source: Pinterest