Spicing Up a Simple Family Fourth of July Picnic

4th of July picnic ideasSometimes the best way to spend a Fourth of July, is with your own family. No guests, no parties, just you and your loved ones. The following are a few tips to make your Fourth of July family picnic the best one ever.

It is always good to have a picnic “emergency kit.” A good kit will contain extra paper plates, utensils, wipes, and a plastic table cloth. Additionally, it should have sunscreen and bug repellent, band aids, matches, and trash bags. Pack a Frisbee or ball for entertainment emergencies.

To spice up the menu try cooking chicken burgers using the following recipe.

Fourth of July Chicken Burgers

1 lb ground chicken
2 cups of bread crumbs
½ cup of milk
2 tbs minced onion
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. You can add more if your family likes it spicy.

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

2. Form patties and grill until done.

3. Whole wheat buns, provolone cheese and sliced tomatoes make this burger extra special. Read more

Firework Safety Tips

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The 4th of July is a time of celebration. Undoubtedly you may have fireworks at your 4th of July party. Adults should be in charge of any type of fireworks display. In order for you to enjoy the days’ festivities, the National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends the following:

* Always read and follow label directions
* Always have an adult present
* Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers
* Only ignite fireworks outdoors
* Be sure to have water handy
* Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
* Light only one at a time
* Never reignite malfunctioning fireworks
* Never give fireworks to small children
* Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
* Dispose of fireworks properly
* Never throw fireworks at another person
* Never carry fireworks in your pocket
* Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers Read more

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. Read more

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