Monday, June 28, 2010

4th of July Fun

Hi all! I hope you are enjoying this Monday! Thunder is rolling in the background as I type and the sky is incredibly grey. Oh how I love storms! I really, really do! When I'm done typing this post, I'm going to hop offline and enjoy it. It's times like this that I wish I had a covered porch. One day maybe!

Part of today's post is a repost of a craft my Mom did last year for the 4th of July. It's as cute as can be and really simple. I'm also including a recipe for July 4th Salad that I just can't get enough of. Enjoy!

I came home to find that my mom had mad me these cute firecrackers. Aren't they adorable? I'm inlove!

Here is a quick rundown of how to make them.

Dowel rod - I think this is a 3/4 inch rod
Jute string
Hot glue
Paint: cream, navy, red

Begin by cutting your dowl rod into equal sections. I think these are about 4 or 5 inches long. Drill a hole in one end. Paint the ends of the dowel rod navy blue. Don't forget the bottom! Paint the body of the firecracker white with red stripes. Add stain to age the firecrackers. Add a dab of hot glue to the hole. Poke your jute string inside. Set out to enjoy!


July 4th Salad

1 small head of cauliflower, chopped
1 small bunch of broccoli, chopped
Half an onion, minced
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup bacon, chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup salad dressing (like Miracle Whip)
1 tablespoon vinegar

Combine veggies, cheese and bacon in a large bowl. Toss well. Combine sugar, salad dressing and vinegar in a small bowl. Whisk together well. Pour over veggies in the large bowl and stir to combine. Put in fridge until serving! Yum!

Best served with BBQ chicken. :)

To see some other great 4th of July inspiration, head on over to


Kelly Bergsing said...

That salad sounds wonderful!! How well does it keep in the heat? I am definitely going to have to make that this 4th!! Thanks! And the firecrackers are a great idea!! I am inspired to play with paint now! ;0)

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Here's an idea to keep the salad cool in the heat: Fill a large bowl with ice. Nestle your salad bowl inside of the bowl of ice. Instant cooler! It's always best to keep an eye on any food in the heat but especially ones that have mayonnaise or something like that in it. We dont' want anyone to get sick!

Real Life Reslers said...

Yummy! It seems like the summer is flying by!

Val said...

I love a good salad and this sounds wonderful.


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