Here are Seven Quick Takes from our 4th of July Celebration!
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.: American Flag Cupcakes :.
We have been reading about Our Flag this week, from the sweet Little Golden Book, and the girls were very excited to help create this year's Flag Cupcakes. Since we were using all the berries on the cake and brownies the girls decorated the cupcakes with white frosting with white and red sprinkles and blue frosting with white stars! I thought it turned out great, even if we were short on stars... Just think of it as the Flag of 1822! ;)
.: Red, White & Blue Berry Brownie Torte :.
This was inspired by Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Brownie 'n Berries Dessert Pizza. I baked a batch of Fudge Brownies in my Pampered Chef Torte Pans. After they had cooled I combined 1-8 oz package of cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/2 tsp vanilla to divide and spread over the top of both tortes, topping it with blueberries and chopped strawberries. Yummmmm!!!
.: Flag Fruit & Marshmallow Kabobs :.
We have made a variation of these Red, White and Blueberry Skewers back in 2009 but this year we made the Flag themed Berry Kabobs from Family Circle.
Directions: Thread 4 blueberries, 2 mini-marshmallows and 2 raspberries on each of five 10-inch wooden sticks. On the remaining seven sticks, thread 4 raspberries and 3 marshmallows to create this all-American treat.
.: Star Spangled Berry Cake :.
.: All Ready to Go :.
.: At the Party :.
Don't you just love those red boots?! I was able to combine an extra coupon with a great sale at Gymboree and get boots for a couple of the girls for less than $10 a pair! Unfortunately they were already sold out in Chiquita's size, but I was able to find her a festive 4th of July skirt instead.
I think Bud was having fun reenacting the Flag Raising at Iwo Jima which we had read about earlier! ;)
And Snuggles t-shirt? I had been looking for a Texas Flag Tee for Bud (which had already sold out) when I ran across this "Awesome Sauce" t-shirt. The day before we had been at my brother's house and my SIL asked this picky eater of ours if he wanted a hot dog. He said "Only if it is a good one!" (The little stinker!) She went on to ask him what a "good" hot dog is and he said "one with ketchup!" The t-shirt was perfect for him and he is wearing it again today... I'm going to have to sneak it out of his room tonight to wash!
.: Fireworks :.
The fireworks were beautiful! Bud especially loved them this year and was so cute as he tried to blow them out!
Happy Independence Day!