Firecracker Popcorn

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We are expecting some excitement this Independence Day as our newest lil’ firecracker is getting ready to make his debut, so we don’t need much more excitement this year. However, you may be looking for a few fun ways to add some “spark” to your 4th of July celebrations. Last year I shared this recipe on […]

Father’s Day Matching Ties

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I know there are mixed feelings about giving Dad a new tie for Father’s Day. You know that I am in favor of it, at least every once in a while. Remember my Tie-riffic Father’s Day? If you are going to do the tie-thing, then do the tie-thing! One way to make it really cool, […]

Patriotic Picnic with Fresh & Easy

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Have you finalized your 4th of July plans, yet? How about taking a picnic to the park to watch your community fireworks display? I’m not quite sure why my community decided to have our 4th of July celebration a couple of weeks early, but they did, and this is what we did to enjoy the […]

Happy 4th of July

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I hope you are having a wonderful day celebrating our nation’s independence! (Unless you live somewhere else, in which case, you can disregard this post). I had visions of lots of patriotic insanity this year, but this holiday also coincided with the beginning of our family reunion/vacation insanity, so this pedicure I gave my daughter […]

Veterans Day Lifesaver Thank you’s

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  Happy Veteran’s Day! Today I’m sharing some ideas about how to say thank you to those who sacrifice the most for us.   A couple of summers ago, I was asked to come up with a service project for the young women in our church to participate in at their summer girls camp. Our […]

Captain America Cake

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Saturday is US Constitution Day! Didn’t you know that? It must be a big holiday, because my children are allowed to trade in their school uniforms for patriotic red, white, and blue garb tomorrow! So I’m going a little patriotic today, too.  We hosted a combined birthday party at my house a while back for […]

4th of July Fails

I hate to call things “fails” because I am an optimist and I think something good comes from every project attempted, but if I am being honest, these projects didn’t turn out nearly as well as I had hoped they would (and fail alliterates with Fourth of July better than a word like…”experiment.”) Why am […]

More T-shirt Patriotism

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I have one more 4th of July project that I really wanted to get finished and blog for you, but I’m afraid, it is time for me to walk away from the computer and get packing for my family reunion!  (That project will have to wait until next year, sadly.)  But before I do, my […]

Patriotic Reunion T-shirts

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I know.  I’ve been sewing again!  What is the world coming to?  We have a family reunion over the 4th of July weekend.  Each branch of the family is assigned a specific color and our family is blue.  We deliberated about whether to go family or patriotic, and decided to do both.  The H is […]

Patriotic Bandana Tablecloth

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This was supposed to be a post showing you a fabulously finished patriotic tablecloth.  Instead, I am posting about exactly 1 half of a fabulous patriotic tablecloth.  My sewing machine and I have some issues–mainly I’m mechanically challenged and little things like changing thread and bobbins slow me down.  I’m sure (once my husband gets […]