Friday, July 1, 2016

Old Fashioned Fourth of July

~Happy Fourth of July~

The Fourth of July has snuck up on me this year.  It seems Mother Nature has decided in the Midwest to extend our Winter, skip Spring and slide right into Summer.  Fourth of July party #19 is in the works and simple fare always works for me when it comes to outdoor entertaining.  After all, we have waited out long months of Winter to enjoy the outdoors so why get stuck inside with preparations?  Simple and easy!

 Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, potato salad, corn on the cob, blue corn chips and red Doritos.  

Desserts include white cupcakes decorated with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and/or red, white & blue sprinkles.

Root beer floats are a favorite at our house.  My husband has made them for guests ever since we bought the house and it's a tradition that takes me back to when my Dad made them for my brothers, sister, Mom and myself growing up.  
Let's not forget ice cream sundaes or banana splits.  Provide the red, white and blue sprinkles , hot fudge, caramel, or chocolate sauces and customize. And the whipped cream!

Favorite games we play are crouquet, bocce ball, volleyball (play it with a beach ball if you don't have a volleyball) and frisbee.

Last but not least, we line up to take our turn at the pinata where everyone scrambles for the prizes inside.  

At dusk, the neighbors gather on our pier at the lakefront to await the fireworks display from town.  Anyone who knows me, knows fireworks viewing is always done with a bag of snacks..Twizzlers, Chuckles, Jujyfruits, popcorn. 

After fireworks, fire up the fire pit in the yard and bring out the makings for S'mores!  We like to find sticks to use for our marshmallows in the yard. The hunt for sticks is part of the fun. 

A new addition will be Campfire Pies over the fire pit with our Campfire Pie makers.  You need a can of blueberry, cherry or apple pie filling, white bread and butter. 
Place a piece of buttered bread face down in the pie maker. Add 3 tablespoons of pie filling on the bread, top with the other piece of bread, making sure the butter side is against the pie maker.  Close the pie maker and place over the fire.  Cook for 5 minutes or until the bread is browned.  Cool a few minutes and enjoy!

What's your family tradition on the 4th? Have a safe and happy holiday!

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