Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July celebration,
Christy, Amy & Terry
We went to my friend Andrea’s house for a wonderful Memorial Day picnic, and I wanted to share the photos with you before the Fourth of July, because the red, white, and blue theme is perfect for every patriotic event!
I loved the burlap that she used to cover her dining room table, and the “America” banner on the front added a pop of color.
We didn’t have ALL the food on the table at this point, and some of it was in the kitchen, but we decided to keep the food inside to minimize flies. I used an idea I saw on Pinterest to put the fruit salad in a covered jar–that way if you are serving food outside, the flies still can’t get in!
The bar was open for the grownups, and the kids enjoyed a bottomless cooler of ice cold Cokes (in glass bottles) on the bunting-draped porch. Coke in glass bottles is my kids’ favorite junk food treat. Not surprisingly, this was about the time my children asked me if they could live with Andrea!
While the grown-ups played a cutthroat cornhole tournament, the kids threw water balloons (red, white, and blue, of course) at each other to cool off. As night fell, Andrea pulled out a bucket of glow necklaces and whip-its to keep them occupied for awhile longer, while we all sat around and enjoyed some adult conversation. It was a perfect day!
As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, I am so thankful for the freedom that we enjoy, and for the brave men and women (like my husband and all of the guys at this picnic!) who fight to protect it. Happy Independence Day!
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Are you ready to kick off BB-Q season? Do you have a “go to” recipe that you are planning to bring to your next pot luck cook out? Are you looking forward to some patriotic fireworks this Independence Day? For those of you who need a bit of red white and blue inspiration, this post is for you! I hope you get into the spirit of summer with this Stars and Stripes Inspiration Board and I hope you enjoy some of my “must try” cookout recipes, perfect for your next party.
July 4th always sneaks up on me so this year I wanted to ensure I planned ahead. I love a good cookout but I often find myself overindulging and overeating! I have put together healthy menu to get you through the holiday and/or your next summer cookout without blowing up like a firework:).
Grilled Lemon Thyme Chicken (Ina Garten)
Red, White and Blue Potato Salad (From Cooking Light)
Strawberry Mousse Parfait with Fresh Fruit and Almonds
(Adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie and it is Paleo friendly!!)
I found this recipe on Pinterest, but you know me, I had to make it my own. Chocolate-Covered Katie is a blog I follow as she finds ways to make all decadent desserts healthier. It is a great way to indulge without overindulging. This dessert is wonderfully light, fresh and creamy. You really feel like you are cheating with this creamy dessert when in fact you are feeding your body wonderfully healthy coconut milk. Coconut is all the rage right now as it is easy for the body to digest and is immediately used for energy. Who doesn’t need a bit more energy these days:). The presentation is perfect for your next party and the coconut cream and berries will keep you energized for your next game of horseshoes!
Happy Independence Day!
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