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Happy Birthday America!

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Although our country has seen better times, we are doing much better than some countries. People from across the world envy the life we live. Today is a day in which we celebrate Independence Day.  July 4th is the day in which celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Without this we would not have the freedom we do today. Across the nation, people pay tribute to this day with parades, fairs, parties, cookouts, and my favorite FIREWORKS!! Last night I went to a celebration in my hometown called Red, White, Boom. There was live music, food vendors, face painting, and again my favorite FIREWORKS! As I sit there it hit me that it is not often people come together regardless of age, race, religion, or political parties to celebrate such a historical accomplishment by our country. So today I say to you, be proud to be an American, be safe, Happy 4th of July, and last  but not least, don’t forget to wear your RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!!

Materials:

  • large sheet of poster paper
  • red and blue paint
  • brushes
  • dishes.

Directions:

  1. Lay the big paper down on the floor. Use a ruler to mark lines with pencil for the blue field and stripes.
  2. Have students dip or brush hands with blue paint and press onto the hands the top left corner of the paper for stars. Alternatively, you could paint a blue field, allow to dry and then make white hand prints.
  3. Dip or brush students feet with red paint and make foot prints in a line for the stripes. Remember, the top and bottom stripes of an American flag are red.
  4. Allow everything to dry and display.

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

Ingredients
  • CRUST
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • TOPPING
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
 

Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 325º F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with waxed paper.
  2. Put the graham cracker crumbs in a medium bowl. Add the butter and mix with a fork until evenly moistened. Press the mixture over the bottom and up 1 inch of the sides of the pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl when necessary. Beat in the sour cream until blended. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Pour half of the batter into the pan.
  4. Put the jam and lemon juice in a small saucepan and warm over low heat, stirring often, until melted and smooth (about 4 minutes). Drizzle one fourth of the jam mixture in stripes over the batter in the pan. Spoon the remaining batter over the jam, then drizzle with 1/8 cup of jam. Reserve the last of the jam mixture to drizzle over the cheesecake.
  5. Swirl the batter gently with a thin knife to marbleize it slightly.
  6. Bake the cheesecake until firm around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the center, 70 to 80 minutes. (Don’t worry if your cheesecake cracks while baking or cooling.) Set the cake in the pan on a wire rack, run a knife along the inside edge to loosen the sides, and let it cool completely. Wrap the cake in plastic and chill it for at least 4 hours.
  7. Take the cake out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Remove the pan sides and place the cake on a platter. Warm the remaining jam mixture until liquid, then drizzle it over the cheesecake. Serve with the fresh blueberries. Serves 12 to 16.
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Memorial Day Weekend!

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Memorial Day is a day in which we remember those who have lost their lives fighting for our country. This Monday, we observe the federal holiday.  I can’t wait to show off my new bathing suit at the pool while grilling out  and catching up with some long time friends.  Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends for drivers. Beach trips, parades, and barbecues are a few popular destinations for the holiday. While enjoying your three day weekend, be sure to keep in mind those who lost their lives serving our country and also be aware of other drivers while on the road.

Keep driving fatalities down by these easy steps (I know they are common sense but just thought I’d remind you):

-Focus on one thing and one thing only…DRIVING

-Do not text and drive

-Do not speed

-Do not drink and drive

-Watch for motorcyclists

Now that you made it to the party….what are you going to eat?!

Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place ribs in two 10×15 inch roasting pans. Pour water and red wine vinegar into a bowl, and stir. Pour diluted vinegar over ribs and cover with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Baste the ribs with their juices halfway through cooking.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix together ketchup, water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, butter, brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer barbeque sauce for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  4. Lightly oil preheated grill. Transfer ribs from the oven to the grill, discarding cooking liquid. Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, turning ribs once. Baste ribs generously with barbeque sauce, and grill 8 minutes. Turn ribs, baste again with barbeque sauce, and grill 8 minutes.

and what are you going to wash your food down with?

Easy Raspberry Lemonade

ADULTS CAN ADD VODKA

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, garnish
  • 18 Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large punch bowl, combine raspberry lemonade concentrate, water and lime juice. Stir in lemon-lime soda and crushed ice. Garnish each glass with a fresh raspberry and a mint leaf.

and for dessert?

Wave Your Flag Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 quart strawberries, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pkg. (8 serving size) JELL-O Brand Gelatin, any red flavor
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 (12 ounce) package pound cake, cut into 10 slices
  • 1 1/3 cups blueberries, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

Directions

  1. Slice 1 cup of the strawberries; set aside. Halve remaining strawberries; set aside.
  2. Stir boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is melted. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Meanwhile, line bottom of 13×9-inch dish with cake slices. Add sliced strawberries and 1 cup of the blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake slices.
  3. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Spread whipped topping over gelatin. Arrange strawberry halves on whipped topping for ‘stripes’ of ‘flag.’ Arrange remaining 1/3 cup blueberries on whipped topping for ‘stars.’ Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

Don’t forget to keep the kids entertained..

-Set up a sprinkler in the yard or get a slip and slide

-Create a Memorial Day obstacle course

-Have a Memorial Day treasure hunt

-Hide and Seek

-Anything fun outdoors to get them out of your hair!

Finish the night with some beautiful fireworks…