Fourth of July Round-Up

June 9, 2015

Yesterday, my siblings flew in town and I got to meet my beautiful baby niece, Nora!!

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Girl cousins!!

20150608_132058The cousins can’t get enough of lil Nora especially Emmy. #cousinbesties

20150608_130553Look at that sweet lil face!!! Ya’ll, auntie smothering in full effect. Since my family is in town, I’ll probably take a few more breaks between blog posts. I gotta maximize my snuggle time with my little Nora whom I affectionately call Nene. I also have some big news coming up this Thursday on the blog that I’m really excited about! Stay tuned.

Fourth of July is right around the corner so I thought I would share some recipes and ideas for this special holiday. 

IMG_2454I had this patriotic wreath up for Memorial Day. I made it last summer and it’s basically just a simple branch wreath with burlap and cut fabric wrapped around it. I made a blue burlap blow and stuck some flags in there. I’ll have this up in July as well. Simple and festive for Independence Day.

IMG_2366Remember that vintage coke crate I got for $5? It’s perfect to hold utensils, straws, napkins, and all other kinds of things. You don’t have to have a coke crate to do this. Just use a medium sized basket or crate and place some mason jars to hold utensils like I did above. You can line it with some patriotic fabric to add a little festive touch.

IMG_2453How about desserts? I made this chocolate quinoa cake recently and added some red, white, and blue. 

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We used to make this cake every year for Fourth of July. It’s just a boxed cake baked in a rectangular dish. Add raspberries or strawberries for the stripes and blueberries for the stars. Cute and easy! 

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I’ve also made these mini bundt cakes. You could also use a muffin tray. I cut them in half and filled them with homemade whipped cream and strawberries. 

10426157_10152123543337085_4318874805057447797_nLast year, Jules and I made these treats. We made rice krispie treats and used our star cookie cutter. Just slide marshmallows, strawberries, and blueberries on a wooden skewer. We may do this again this year. 

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

<><yuni

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. John 3:16

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