Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Breakfast

 Here's a fun 4th of July Breakfast idea.

(Do you have a 4th of July breakfast?  For the last few years we've have a 5th of July know, the morning after the 4th.  It just works for us...late night of fireworks =a later morning wakeup, fun breakfast...especially nice if you have guests, too.)

Patriotic Pancakes!
You won't believe how easy these are to make.
Simply whip up your favorite pancake batter and add red JELLO powder.

Add a little at a time until you get the color you're after.  That's it!
Of course I had to add the color 'blue' to our pancakes with some blueberries....
and the color 'white' with a dollop of whip cream.

The JELLO not only adds color, but a bit of sweetness, too.

Happy 4th of July!

More 4th of July Ideas:

Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas

July 4th Melba Toasts Appetizers

Quick Patriotic Petit Fours

4th of July Smoothie

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4th of July Patriotic Smoothie

Need a patriotic smoothie? Of course you do!

3 Festive Ingredients
(a handful of green spinach is optional)
A handful of strawberries

A serving of vanilla yogurt

A half handful of blueberries

 Looks pretty patriotic in the blender...if I say so myself!

Blend. Pour.  Enjoy!

Happy 4th of July!

More 4th of July Ideas:

Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas

July 4th Melba Toasts Appetizers

Quick Patriotic Petit Fours

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

4th of July Quick Patriotic Petit Fours

Here's a fun and quick treat for your 4th of July festivities.

4 ingredients is all you need.
1) Golden Oreos
2) Sliced strawberries
3) Blueberries
4) White Candy melts or white chocolate
(Melted and placed in a Ziploc ready to pipe.)

Just a few easy steps is all it takes.
1) Split each Golden Oreo apart. 
On the top half, add some of the melted white chocolate and stack the cookie underneath the bottom half.
2) Place one sliced strawberry and one blueberry on top of each cookie.
3) Pipe white chocolate 'zig zag style' across the fruit.
This holds the fruit on the cookie.
Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Happy 4th of July!

More 4th of July Ideas:

Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas

July 4th Melba Toasts Appetizers

Monday, June 30, 2014

4th of July Melba Toasts Appetizer

Ooooh!  Time to get ready for the 4th of July! 
I love this time of year. 
Bring on the sun.  Bring on the red, white & blue.  Bring on those patriotic crafts and foods and d├ęcor. 


Here's an extra easy appetizer to feed your crowd.
Patriotic Melba Toasts
in 4 easy steps.
On a cookie sheet lay out Melba Toasts crackers.
 Sprinkle toasts with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Add half slices of pepperoni to each toast.
Sprinkle with crumbled bleu cheese.
(yes, this may be a stretch for blue, but just play along...)

Broil on low until the mozzarella cheese is melted,
about 3-5 minutes.
Be sure to watch them so they don't burn.

Best served warm, but we've had them cold, too.

 Mmm!  Happy 4th!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

My Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas for the 4th of July

I'm sharing my Top 5 Patriotic Party Ideas for you.
These are the ones that I use over and over.
Quick, easy and festive!
July 4th Popcorn Bar is always a crowd pleaser!
Just give each guest their own personal popcorn box so they can refill when they want.  The best thing is no refrigeration is needed--especially appreciated on a hot summer day!  Assembly and setup can be done ahead of time. I love serving different flavors of popcorn in festive buckets with metal scoops.


These Red, White & Blue Parfaits are so good!
My family asks for them all summer long.
I love that I can quickly make them ahead of time and pull them out of the refrigerator when they're needed. 
Warning:  Walking into a room, carrying these on a tray will immediately result in oohs and ahhs!  Be sure to stick spoons in each one.

The idea of having Red, White & Blue Chips is nothing new...however, these turned out to be so incredibly tasty, that we now do this every year for the 4th.  It doesn't get any easier than this!


I can't even begin to tell you how much I love crafting and decorating with washi tape and ribbon.
These Washi Tape Cup Markers add a bit of instant party to any celebration!
No more smeared sharpie names printed on the cups.  No more cups thrown away after one drink.  Love!

Whatever you do, don't forget about a patriotic photo shoot!
July 4th Photo Booth is a family favorite.
Flag on the wall, flag in the hand...add a great hat and even an Uncle Sam beard!  Perfect shot!

How are you celebrating the 4th? 
Come back and visit the blog this week for more quick and easy 4th of July ideas.

Monday:  4th of July Melba Toasts Appetizers
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Olive Us Thank You Teacher Gift

We're still in teacher gifts mode.
3 more days of school.  We're going to make it!
(Nothing like last minute around here.)

This is a quick and easy gift, sure to please any teacher.

Works for male and female teachers...
as well as anyone else you need to thank.


Print out this tag.  Click here.
Trim tags and hole punch.  Slide coordinating ribbon through.

Tie ribbon around a box of pasta and a jar of olive oil.
Attach tag. 
Super easy.

 Make this gift as 'big' as needed.
Use a basket and add more pastas, a pack of napkins, a pizza cutter, Italian restaurant gift cards, tomato sauces, cookbook, fresh basil, a jar of olives, etc, etc...

'Olive' us over here.....can't wait for summer!


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