Happy 4th Of July

3669546092_53e7b3d783_zWishing you all the best for the Fourth Of July – surrounded by family and friends. I also wish to thank all of the service embers who gave us their all and to those service members who are fighting for our liberties and freedoms as we speak. As we still to this day vow to defeat our country’s flag, our liberties and freedoms we must face all those who oppose as a united front. So while you are enjoying your cookouts and parties – take a moment to just think why you are here today with the right to have such festivities.

One Nation Under God we live
Think about all some had to give

We the people share freedom’s life
In a world of ever present strife

Be grateful to those who keep this true
Warriors of our red, white, and blue

They’re trained by those of great skill
Honed to perform, so strong their will

They show what love is all about
They’ll fight for us, there is no doubt

Defending bravely what we are
No holding back each heartfelt star

Highly praise these men and women
Giving thanks time and again

Those in uniform will always be
The golden pride of this country

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Jello Red, White and Blue Treats

946507_658314530865305_647629302_nUse disposable clear cups and make blue jello – pour to almost one-third level and chill. Repeat with a cool whip layer and then a red layer of jello. Chill. You can add fresh (wash and dry before using) in the blue layer before it has thickened completely. Before serving add a whipped topping and one blueberry to the top.

Red, White and Blue Parfait

480910_482141241859021_634181953_nMake these in small clear orange juice containers and chill ahead of time before your party starts. Use unflavored Greek yogurt and red jello and layer unit you are about two-thirds to the top. You can add blueberries to the top (make sure they are washed and dried before adding). Before you serve add a whipped topping. You could even add a few red, white and blue sprinkles to the top.

Red, White and Blue Wreath

972155_482585565147922_1440769029_nDo you love this wreath? Create it yourself with little time or money. This is made from a small/medium grape vine wreath purchased at your local craft store. You will need a small American flag and a variety of red, white and blue flowers in various sizes. Insert stem of your first flower into the grape vine and pull and tuck the stem in the back. Continue doing this with colors as you move around the wreath. You can permanently affix the flowers with florist wire in the back. Finally stick your flag in and hang.

Festive Red, White and Blue Table Setting

972172_482585448481267_554677665_nGo overboard with red, white and blue for your table settings – and do so on a budget. Use canning jars or mix and match vases and jars from thrift stores and make a simple arrangement like these that have real red, white and blue blossoms in them with darkly tinted water to really pull your eyes into the arrangement. Don’t forget to mix up red, white and blue plates, bowls, napkins and table cloths. As pictured use edible red white and blue as well – this looks great and everyone will want a taste at the same time.