Monday, July 1, 2013

4th of July Summer Fun, DIY & Entertaining

Inspired by turn-of-the-century celebrations, these seven joyful tributes to red, white, and blue harken to a time when impromptu hats were folded from leftover newspapers, and marching bands, firecrackers, and lawn games marked the day
Step 1: From blue crepe paper, cut a strip 8 inches wide and 20 inches long.

Step 2: From a clean newspaper, cut a narrower strip of paper. Lay it down in the center of the blue strip, gluing in place. Repeat, cutting an even narrower strip of red crepe paper, then gluing in place.

Step 3: Fan-fold across the narrow width of the strip. Fold in half lengthwise.

Step 4: Open out on either side of the center fold you just made to create a circle; glue. Print "Happy Fourth"; cut out around the letters in a circle with pinking shears. Glue onto rosettes.

Step 5: Cut 8-inch pipe cleaners in half. Use one to form a loop; slip through another to form another loop, and so on. When chain is complete, glue a pipe cleaner loop to the back of each rosette, first passing it through a chain loop, then gluing in place.
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Taylor Linens
God Bless America Pillow - As seen in Country Home Magazine
Hand-embroidered on an ecru ground. 100% Cotton. 

Machine Washable. 
Filled with a white goose feather pillow. 20" x 20" 

Taylor Linens
Denim Flag Porch Pillow 20" x 20"
100% Cotton. Machine washable. Hand-embroidered.


  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple, cut into star shapes
  • 2 bottles dry white wine
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Cup berry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours.
This is obviously a beverage intended for you and your adult guests, but you could whip up a kids version by replacing the wine and hard liquor with white grape juice or Sprite (or both!).
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Red, white, and blue bands of sand dress up votive candles to make flickering lights that are cheerful and fun. Designing a candle is as simple as pouring layers into a glass. Make several, and create a patriotic centerpiece to coordinate with china or linens for outdoor dining.
• Sand
• Votive candle
• Drinking glass
• Clear glass vase or jar
• Funnel

Fill a clear drinking glass with enough sand so that a votive candle placed on top falls just below the rim.
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From: White Lily Flour and The J.M. Smucker Co.

Makes: 12 servings


Nonstick cooking spray
3-1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 tsps. baking powder
1-1/2 tsps. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1-1/4 cups all-vegetable shortening OR 1ø sticks all-vegetable shortening sticks
5 large egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tbl. red food coloring
1 tbl. blue food coloring


Fresh blueberries and strawberries, optional

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting:

2 cups butter, softened
2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1 (13-oz.) jar marshmallow cream


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat three 8-inch round pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper, cut to fit. Coat paper with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in large bowl. Add buttermilk and shortening. Beat with electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg whites, vanilla and almond extracts. Beat an additional 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed.

3. Pour ont-third (about 2 cups) of batter into prepared pan. Divide remaining batter into 2 medium bowls. Stir in food coloring to make one red and one blue batter. Pour batter into remaining pans. Tap pans on counter several times to remove air bubbles.

4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes before removing from pan. Remove cake and cool completely on wire rack.

5. For frosting, beat butter in a large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually beat in sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until fluffy. Beat in almond extract. Stir in marshmallow cream until well blended.

6. Place blue cake layer on cake plate and generously frost top. Stack white layer and generously frost top. Add red layer, frosting top and sides of entire cake. Garnish with fresh blueberries and strawberries, if desired.
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Celebrity Chef! The Game ($30)

If you and your friends are Food Network junkies, check out Celebrity Chef! The game is designed for culinary professionals or home cooks, whose goal is to collect cookbook offers, television shows, restaurants, and endorsements by answering "Name That Dish!" and other questions. The player with the most points does not win a television show―only bragging rights. For more information,
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Ahoy, matey! These anchor-print cotton/linen napkins pep up any table. 53% Cotton/47% Linen. 
Machine wash cold. 22"x22". Set of 4.

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