4th of July Brie

4th of July Brie

We used a BIG wheel of brie for this video, which can be very expensive. You can get away with something about (or a little over) half the size. A little bit of brie goes a long way.

YIELDS: 8 SERVINGS       PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS      TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 40 MINS

INGREDIENTS

1 (35-oz.) wheel brie
6 strawberries, tops removed and sliced
1/2 c. blueberries
1/4 c. freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp. honey
Graham crackers, for dipping

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut off the top rind of brie then place brie in a skillet about its same size. Bake until brie is bubbling and totally melted throughout, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place strawberries and blueberries in separate medium bowls. Divide orange juice and honey evenly between each bowl and toss to combine. When brie is ready, arrange fruit in the pattern of the American flag. Serve immediately, with graham crackers for dipping.


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Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! Today’s the day we celebrate our nation’s independence. Checking out a parade, hanging out by the pool and protecting our dogs from fireworks are the only things on our agenda. Oh, and grilling, of course. BBQ food is an absolute must on the most patriotic day of the year. Because really, is there anything more American than hamburgers and hotdogs? We didn’t think so.

As you prepare to chow down with family and friends this afternoon, why not prepare something special for your dog? She’ll likely be waiting beneath the grill anyhow, hoping for human food to hit the floor. Unfortunately, most traditional BBQ foods are dangerous for dogs and can make them sick. Providing your pup her own tasty meal will keep her out of harm’s way and help her feel like she’s part of the celebration.

Check out a few of our favorite dog-approved Fourth of July recipes below!

Ingredients

1 cup water

8 strawberries

1/4 cup blueberries

Instructions

Rinse strawberries and blueberries.
Mix ½ cup water and strawberries in the blender. Blend until liquefied. Repeat with blueberries.
Pour strawberry mixture into star-shaped ice cube trays. Repeat with blueberry mixture.
Pop them in the freezer for 2-4 hours and serve!


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4th. of July Craft Ideas – Free Templates & Printables

4th. of July Craft Ideas – Free Templates & Printables

For many of us the 4th. of July means baseball, parades, picnics, barbecues, and other fun family activities.  I’m sure we all have our own special way to celebrate our Nation’s Independence Day.  In our house it’s definitely a backyard barbecue while the kids light up the yard with sparklers.

4th. of July CraftThis year spruce up the house with these 4th. of July Craft Ideas!  You don’t need fancy tools to make them, just red, white, and blue paper, cardstock, paint, scissors, and glue.  If you’re more adventurous wood pallets!

My grandsons and I spent a weekend crafting and come up with these!

I’m excited to share them with you! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
4th. of July Craft

Dress up the picnic table with these Patriotic Star Straws!  Fun, practical, and super easy and inexpensive to make!

Supplies:

Card stock – red, white, blue, or appropriate prints

Scissors
4th. of July CraftTemplate – click here for the free template/printable

Paste or glue

Straws

Craft knife

How to:4th. of July Craft

  1.  Download template/printable and save to your desktop.  (you can use the images as a printable or you can use them as the template to cut out stars using colored or printed cardstock)
    1. If using as a printable:  Upload it to a photo editor like photoshop or picmonkey.com a free online photo editor and resize the stars to desired size.  Mine are 3″ and 4″.    Print stars on card stock, they will be red and blue stars.
    2. If using as a template:  Resize the stars if needed by uploading to your cutting machine app and resize before cutting – if cutting by hand then upload it to a photo editor and resize if needed, print stars and cut out.
  2. Cut out an even number of stars.
  3. Glue or paste 2 stars together – backsides facing.  Let dry.
  4. 4th. of July CraftUsing a craft knife make 2 horizontal slits in the middle of the star.  Slits should be a bit wider than the straw and about 1/2″ apart.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
  5. 4th. of July CraftInsert straw in the slits.

Use the straws in your favorite iced drinks![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

4th. of July CraftSend friends these patriotic cards!

You can even frame them and use them as decor!  I used my Cricut Explore Air to print and cut the pieces and layered them on to a card base.  I used vellum embossed on my Sizzix Big Kick as a background and I added bows and twine to make them extra cute!

To use the template with a cutting machine just download, save, and upload to the cutting machine app, like Cricut Design Space!  You can resize, print, and cut it according to your machine’s instructions.

If you don’t have a cutting machine, no worries!  I’m sharing the printables! All you have to do is print them out – if you need to resize them just download and save to your desktop.  Pop it into a photo editor to resize, save, and print!

Once you have all the pieces printed and cut out you can layer them on to a card base or a poster board, or whatever media you want.  You can embellish your card or poster with bows, ribbons, twine, glitter, and more!

 

4th of july50 States Flag Printable click here!  [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

4th. of July CraftFire works Printable Click here!

I used this for the inside of my card, but you can use it on the front too![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

4th. of July CraftState of Liberty Printable click here![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

4th. of July CraftInside of card printable click here![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
4th. of July CraftFinally here’s a mini wood pallet I got from the craft store.  With a bit of paint and a stencil I turned it into this Patriotic 50 States Flag wall decor!  I’m sharing the stencil template here!

Supplies:

Wood mini pallet – available at craft store, or upcycle a regular pallet!

Acrylic Paint in red, white, and blue

Paint brush

4th. of July CraftStencil Click here!

Download and save to desktop.  If using a cutting machine upload to machine’s app and resize and cut stencil.

If cutting by hand download, save to desktop.  Resize in a photo editor, print, cut out stars and words with a craft knife.

Stencil brush

Paper Towels

Clear sealer

How To:

  1.  Download, print, cut stencil as instructed above.
  2. Mark off area on pallet to be painted blue.  Paint that section blue.
  3. Paint “stripes” on slats, each slat should be either red or white – Top strip must be red. Alternate red and white as you go.  Allow paint to dry completely.
  4. Place stencil on slats and fill in stars using a stencil brush with white paint.  Fill in state names with blue paint.
  5. Remove stencil by lifting directly off surface to avoid smearing.
  6. Allow to dry overnight.
  7. Spray with 2 coats of clear sealer.  Allow to dry between coats.

4th. of July CraftIf you’re looking for recipes for your July 4th. barbecue try my son’s burger recipe!  It’s the Best Darn Burger Ever![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

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Fourth of July Celebrations – FREE Printables

Fourth of July Celebrations – FREE Printables

Fourth of July

I love the Fourth of July!  I love the fanfare, picnics, parades, barbecues, fireworks, and all the hoopla that surround our great nation’s birthday.  And I adore the colors!  Red, White, and Blue are my all time faves!

There are so many cool DIY crafts, recipes, activities, and party ideas for this great holiday it’s hard to know where to begin, my grandkids and I are just dying to fire up the Cricut Explore Air  (affiliate link) and make some cool decorations!

Here are some fun Fourth of July ideas I found around the web to kick start your celebrations!

Fourth of July Decorate your front lawn and sidewalks with stars!

Let the kids do the decorating with this green idea from Pink and Green Mama. They show you how to do it using flour from your pantry.  It’s and easy, fun, and inexpensive way to show your Fourth of July spirit!

You can also use red, white, and blue spray paint on your grass; it won’t hurt your grass and will disappear the next time you mow the grass.  Just cut out a star shaped stencil and spray away, it’s a great way to add color to your outdoor holiday decor.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July Spray paint an old pallet into this patriotic flag, it’s a great way to spruce up your yard or patio

Learn how to make this from Debbie’s Doos![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July

Fourth of July Mason Jars!

Lately I’ve been having a love affair with jars, mason jars, pickle jars, and all other jars.  They are so versatile; you can use them as vases, lanterns, utensil holders, and more.  I love these patriotic jars.  Click on the links to learn how to make them!

Vases – Sweet Haute
Star Lanterns – Saved by Love Creations
Stars & Strips Lanterns – Addicted 2 DIY
Utensil Holders – It All Started with Paint
Flag Luminaries – Keep Calm and Decorate

Fourth of July

Tin cans, buckets, and tubs are also great.  You can use them as pot or utensil holders, drink coolers, vases, and even windsocks.  Click on the links to learn how!

Windsock – The Wilson World
Utensil Holders – Stockpiling Moms
Vase, Cooler, Pot holder – All You[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of JulyThese paper fans will keep everyone cool during a Fourth of July picnic or cook-out.

Learn how to make them from Number 2 Pencil!

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Fourth of JulyMake this patriotic Fourth of July wall plaque with the free printable from Living Locurto.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July Celebrations

Or this framed 50 state flag printable from No Biggie![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July Celebrations

 

Invite friends and family to your Fourth of July cook-out with this FREE Printable invitation from Kori Clark.

Fourth of JulyWelcome guests to your Fourth of July shindig with this free printable sign from Catch My Party![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July

 

 

Don’t forget the popcorn, it’s great for baseball spectators!

Serve them up in these free printable popcorn bags from Hostess with the Mostess![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

fourth of julyCool everyone off with my refreshing  popsicles.  Click here for recipe![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July CelebrationsCupcakes are another favorite specially topped with these patriotic pinwheel toppers from Nest of Posies![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July Celebrations

A summer picnic or cook-out wouldn’t be complete without summer’s favorite fruit, watermelon!

Make this pretty salad by Wit & Whistle![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July CelebrationsThe kids will love these cool layered drinks from In Katrina’s Kitchen!  [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July CelebrationsThis Firecracker Popcorn from The Nerd’s Wife will surprise the kids when they pop it into their mouths.

It has pop rocks![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July CelebrationsMake these patriotic water bottle labels learn how from BHG![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July CelebrationsEnd the evening with firecrackers and a S’mores Bar![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July CelebrationsEnd the day with a bang!

Make your own confetti rocket poppers with this great tutorial from Alpha Mom [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Fourth of July CelebrationsPhoto booths are always fun and make any event memorable.

Make some of these props with free printables from Fox Hollow Cottage! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Have sparklers handy by keeping them in a bucket.  Paint your bucket red, white, or blue!

How ever you decide to celebrate the Fourth of July this year have a great time!