Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!!
Happy Birthday, USA! Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Fourth of July. There is something about everyone in the neighborhood flying the flag, sparklers, hometown parades and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" that gets me deep down inside. I have some great memories of the Fourth. Growing up, my neighborhood used to have a parade and picnic every year. I remember someone made a huge display out of sheets or paper or something duplicating the Declaration of Independence. It was set up along the parade route. One year, my brother, sister and I entered a float in the parade. We had a wagon that was decorated with red, white and blue streamers. My brother and sister were dressed in colonial clothing and pulled the wagon. I was sitting on the wagon as Betsy Ross, also dressed in colonial clothes with a flag on my lap and a needle and thread in my hand. What a great memory that is!
Now that I have my own home, I break out the red, white and blue décor for the summer months. Outside, patriotic bunting flies from the spandrels on my front porch and flags flutter in the planting beds and along the driveway. Inside, I have eagles and primitive Americana pieces displayed all over the house. I am always on the look out for interesting pieces to expand my collection. This year, I found these two platters on eBay - Washington Crossing the Delaware and The Signing of the Declaration of Independence. The pattern is called Liberty Blue by Staffordshire and was released in celebration of the Bicentennial. Aren't they beautiful? I have recently discovered decorating with dishware. There are some gorgeous plates and dishes. It is such a shame to keep them locked away in the china closet, don't you think?
Last year, one of the ways that I celebrated the Fourth was by making some patriotic sugar cookies. I found an awesome cookie cutter shaped like the Liberty Bell (including a dent for the crack) and I couldn't pass it up. So I came up with a red, white and blue design for the Liberty Bell cookie as well as star shaped cookies. I just love these cookies. They were so much fun to make. They tasted really good too.
Do you do anything special for the Fourth of July? Is there a special dessert that you make for the family cookout or neighborhood picnic? I would love to hear about it!
So, enjoy celebrating America's birthday this weekend. God bless our great country, the land of the free and the home of the brave!