Fireworks and Good Food: Fourth of July’s Winning Combination

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Fireworks and Good Food: Fourth of July’s Winning Combination

As springtime slips into summer, people begin to look forward to the Fourth of July. They remember the fireworks and good food, Fourth of July’s winning combination that so many enjoy. They can’t wait for the sights, sounds, and tastes of summer that only come around this Day of Independence.

bbq grillingEarly in the day you’re likely to find, instead of the smoke from fireworks, the telltale signs of barbecues in home after home around town. The smell of charcoal lighter fluid and barbecue sauce are common on this day. But what are some of the normal foods you’ll find on the Fourth of July?

Barbecues will be lit, making the way for summer’s bounty. Hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, bratwurst, and steaks are all common food enjoyed on this day. Don’t just rely on the old standbys, though – try grilling some fish, fruits, or vegetables. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy a change of pace for the entrée.

Corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, and deviled eggs compliment almost any meat dish. You may also want to serve dishes that may not be your typical Fourth of July, such as ethnic foods. To top off the meal, why not make homemade ice cream, a cake decorated with fresh strawberries or blueberries, fresh baked apple pie, or ice cold watermelon.strawberry cake

Be sure to keep perishable foods cold until its time to eat to make sure food doesn’t begin to spoil. Serve foods as soon as possible after they come off the grill for the same reason. If the weather’s hot outside, foods can begin to develop harmful bacteria in as little as thirty minutes.

As the evening draws to a close and darkness descends, it’s time for the big show to begin. Most larger cities around the country have fireworks so that their citizens can be safe. While fireworks are not legal within most city limits, this doesn’t stop some people from buying and firing them.

Children and teens may purchase fireworks with the intent to use them on the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, children and teens aren’t always careful with fireworks and injuries happen. If they are legal in your area, make sure there is a responsible adult to light the fireworks.

4th of july fireworks displayChildren of all ages love fireworks and good food. Fourth of July’s winning combination is something to look forward to even while it’s still springtime. Why not begin making plans now for your family’s celebration. You’ll need to plan early if you’d like to rent an area in a local park. It’s never too early to plan; the Fourth of July will be here before you know it.

Fun Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

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Fun Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

1.) One of the easiest crafts kids can make is a coupon book. The coupons can be made from sheets of paper cut in thirds. Help them think of things to put on the coupons – “One hour uninterrupted bubble bath,” “Clean up my room by myself” or “A flower garden bouquet.” Let your child think of fun things to use for the coupons.

2.) Help your little kids make flowers from paper hearts that may be left over from Valentine’s Day. If you don’t have leftover hearts, you can help them cut out paper hearts from Mom’s favorite color. Arrange three to five hearts with the points at the center. Thread floral wire through the points and then twist the wires together to create the stem. Glue a large button or beads onto the hearts as the center of the flower. Your toddler can also create leaves by cutting them out of paper and gluing them to the stem. Place the flowers in a vase and set it on Mom’s tray for breakfast in bed.

3.) Purchase a pastel t-shirt for Mom. Then, using paint specialized for fabric, let your children place their hands into the paint and press them into the fabric. Be sure to write down the child’s name and age on their hand-print. You can also write the date on the t-shirt so Mom can see how the children have grown over the years. Read more