Wednesday, June 29, 2011

3 Super Easy Patriotic Ideas

 Today's post is a peek a boo of our preparations for the 4th.  I'm sharing 3 super easy ideas that take less than 5 minutes to prepare. 

Watermelon Stars on a Stick

Thank you to the most insanely creative Bakers Royale website for this inspiration.  She added apples and blueberries to her stars and I was madly in love with her creation!  Mine are simply slices of watermelon cut from cookie cutters and twirled onto a playful straw. 

 Mmm Mmm good...

Healthy Firecracker Energy Mix

I filled clear tubes with 
   and sealed them with a star sticker.

The bottom layer is dried cherries
the middle layer is yogurt covered raisins
and the top layer is dried blueberries.  

Firecracker tubes for easy snacking...

Abstract American Flag 
Ice Cream

I found this idea on and knew I had to make these because they were simply beautiful.  I especially liked creating abstract art from the classic flag. 

Soften your ice cream and spread raspberry sorbet on the bottom of a bread pan.  Layer with softened vanilla ice cream and freeze until firm.  Cut into slices and add fresh berries.    

the blueberry *stars*

That's a wrap on 3 easy snacks to add to your holiday weekend. 

My boys are ready to celebrate our great country in their red and blue shirts.  They spent an afternoon making those {VERY} popular bleach pen T shirts, drawing their own stars and writing their names.  

 I'm a fan of this great big country and celebrating the 4th of July is a privilege.  I'll repeat what I've shared before because it's so true:

I'm proud to be an American....

I adore our:
ambition to chase dreams
charity and compassion
ability to make things happen
intense love brightly Americans color this world!

We took a recent vacation to Park City, Utah,
and along the way we saw 
this incredible white barn with its giant flag.
 For your 4th, I hope you get some hot sunshine to sleep lazily in, a dark night to run in, loud color to watch in the sky, ice cold ice cream from a cone,  and lots of water to play in.

eat some Apple Pie 
and celebrate the USA. 

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portatoredichrist said...

Awesome post Lisa! All three of those look scrumptious. I am leaning towards the Abstract American Flags as my favorite because I have such a soft spot for ice cream.

On a different note, can you believe how old our boys are looking? :-(

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...I love it all. I have to find a star cookie cutter now! I'm off!!


Cassie said...

Very cute ideas!

Leanne said...

What yummy ideas! I love the boys shirts too. I've been trying to think of an idea for my boys and have come up with "nothing" so I might be copying yours. Happy 4th!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

My grandkiddos would just love all these ideas! The watermelon on the straw is just too cute and easy not to try out. Happy holiday!

L Johnson said...

Great post Lisa! Thanks for sharing the yummy treat ideas;)

Jenny said...

I love these great treat ideas! I'm going to see if I can find our Grandlittles some t-shirts to make these tomorrow. I haven't seen this idea and it's so cool!

Hope your Fourth is filled with sparkles!

Jenny said...

Lisa, do you have a little tutorial on those t-shirts?

Coley said...

Wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing :) Found you through the link party!

btanders said...

I LOVE all of these. Watermelon on a stick? Genius!!!

Jane said...

Super cute ideas, Lisa! Love the watermelon on a creative! Wish I was going to be here to do that for the kids' party. (Not really...heading to the mountains for my birthday!!! First non-business trip we've taken in a long time!!! I'll leave these ideas with my DIL...SHE can do the honors this year...
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!

Brittany said...

LOVING the firecracker idea!! In fact, I'm featuring it on my blog today. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Sandi said...

The minute I saw the white barn with the flag on it, I knew it was the one my husband and I saw on our trip to Park City. I backed up and read your comment and lo and behold it is the same one. Thanks for bringing back some really great memories. Park City is an incredible place. Being from south Louisiana it was a different world. Loved it.

Impatient Cajun

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Brilliant ideas, each and every one! Love the barn with the flag (which I pinned) and your boys are adorable! Happy 4th!

Kelsey said...

Love every idea! :) They all look so yummy!

Ruth said...

Great ideas!! I live the pennant banner!!


TidyMom said...

lots of cute ideas Lisa

Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up today

Have a great holiday!

June Scott said...

Great ideas, Lisa! Love the flag pic... I take pictures of our flag every chance I get! Seeing her fly never ceases to tug at my heart! Happy 4th!

Jill said...

Stopping by from Tidy Mom and love your watermelon pops!

Jill @

Kelly said...

Love these -- and the bleach pen shirts. We'll be doing that before our town's July 4th festival!

Kaitlin Saenz said...

I love your post and all of your holiday spirit! I'm visiting from Be Different Act Normal! I’m hosting my first ever blog party and its all 4th of July-all Red, White, and Blue! I’d love for you to link up and share with me!

Hope to see you over at my place soon!
Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Adorable! I'm having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party today and I'd love for you to come join in on the fun!

Courtney O'Dell said...

Awesome ideas!

I am hosting a summer party series link party all summer long! I'd love for you to come and share! It starts on fridays but runs all week long!

Tammie said...

LOVE the watermelon idea! So perfect for our cookout tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing!

Stacey said...

Lisa, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment today. I love all of your July 4th recipes. My kids would love those firecracker treats and the bleach pen T-s are a great kid friendly activity.


Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful post! So yummy! Thanks for sharing this lovely idea.
Hope to see you on my blog:)
Happy forth of July!

Kristy said...

Your ice cream flag cake is beautiful! Where did you get your clear tubes for energy mix? If that's your barn - let's just say, I'm jealous!

shopannies said...

great ideas so much fun love your firecracker snack idea come see me and what I shared at

{better than candy} said...

i love that barn you came across .. the crisp white one with huge flag. love it!

The Tablescaper said...

So fun!!! Easy and delicious.

- The Tablescaper

Nana said...

Where did you find the plastic tubes? I am throwing a baby shower and have been looking for those for favors? Thanks!

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Deborah Richards said...

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