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Happy 4th of July!

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July 4, 2018 · 8:36 am

It’s a Party in the USA!

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“Got my hands up, they’re playing my song
They know I’m gonna be okay
Yeah, it’s a party in the USA!”
Miley Cyrus, “Party in the USA”

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15 Easy, Breezy Summer Cocktails

Whether you’re planning for the 4th of July or just a family BBQ, nothing gets the party started like a cold, refreshing cocktail.

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But when you have friends coming over, you don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen mixing drinks…thankfully there are tons of tasty beverages you can whip up in no time…and most of these can even be made virgin for young kids or those who don’t want the booze.

From frozen adult slushies to tasty, fruity gin drinks, these easy, breezy summer cocktails are sure to get your party off to a great start!

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15 Easy, Breezy Summer Cocktails

  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria
  2. Grape Frose Rose
  3. Guava Watermelon Martini
  4. Bourbon Blackberry Smash
  5. Pineapple Slushie
  6. Basil Pineapple Moscato Sangria
  7. Prosecco Party Cocktails
  8. Red, White, and Blue Sangria
  9. Raspberry Gin Fizz
  10. Lemonade Slushies
  11. Watermelon Mojito
  12. Frozen Cantaloupe Margaritas
  13. The Best White Sangria
  14. Cherry Agua Fresca
  15. Summer Lemonade Cocktail

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10 Awesome DIY Projects for 4th of July

The 4th of July is right around the corner…which means it’s time for hotdogs, yard games, fireworks, and all the red, white, and blue attire you can handle.

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If you’re hosting a 4th of July celebration this year, there’s no need to stress about patriotic decor. with these 10 fun 4th of July ideas, you can create a patriotic play zone that is worthy of a firework celebration!

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10 Awesome DIY Projects for 4th of July

Tie Dye Tee

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American Flag Photo Backdrop

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American Flag Light Jars

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Bandana Tablecloth

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Burlap Banner

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Backyard Bean Bag Toss

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Tic-Tac-Toe Game

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Backyard Bowling

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Patriotic Balloons

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Boozin’ Tank

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July 4, 2017 · 7:33 am

9 Clever Ways to Keep Your Food Cold in the Summer

HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

If you’re a citizen of ‘MURICA, chances are you’re donning your red, white, and blue attire and heading to your local firework display or BBQ cookout, picnic basket in hand. And if you’re traveling with fruit, deli salads, meats, cheeses, desserts, or the like, you’re probably wondering how to keep your food cold, despite boiling July temperatures. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re just trying to keep your edibles cold in transit or you need them cold for outdoor entertaining, these picnic and entertaining hacks will help you keep your cool and refreshing treats, well, cool and refreshing.

Summertime Hacks!
How to Keep Your Food Cold

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Place bottles of water in the freezer and use them to keep food cold when traveling. If frozen at least a week in advance, the bottles could stay frozen for up to a day, much more economical than that gas station ice that lasts about 2 seconds.

Keep drinks cold by placing them in a mixture of water and ice. Using just ice won’t distribute the cold as evenly as water will, so placing your drinks in an ice bath will keep them colder longer.

Full coolers tend to stay cold longer, so if your cooler has empty space, fill it with ice.

If traveling by car, keep your food/cooler in the passenger area. The temperature is usually cooler inside the car than it is in the trunk.

Create an ice bowl by putting a medium-sized bowl inside a larger bowl, then fill the larger bowl with water and freeze. Serve your salad or fruit in the insulated bowls.

If possible, freeze part of your dish. If you’re serving a fruit salad, mix in frozen blueberries before you head out the door. They should defrost in about 30 minutes.

Fill small water balloons with water and pop them in the freezer. Use them around your food to keep your table cold and decorative!
Side note, add some food coloring to the water before you freeze it. Peel the balloon off the frozen water for an amazing winter (or summer) decoration.

If you’re traveling a long distance, consider waiting to assemble your dish until you arrive at your destination. Mayonnaise, for example, can be kept at room temperature until the container is opened. It might also allow for easier travel if you don’t have to worry about your bowl tipping over. Just cut and package everything and assemble when ready.

Like your fridge, a cooler will stay colder if the lid stays closed. Avoid opening and closing the lid of your food cooler by keeping drinks and food in separate coolers, if possible.

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Patriotic Sangria

A refreshing, fizzy, light, and delicious drink is the perfect way to cool down and relax this Memorial Day (or 4th of July!). Made with dry white wine, champagne, and fresh fruit, this sparkling Patriotic Sangria is just as delicious as it is beautiful!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle chardonnay
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • Ice

 

Directions:

  1. Stir together chardonnay, blueberries, raspberries, apple juice, and strawberries together in a pitcher. Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. When you’re ready to serve, slice Granny Smith apples and cut out stars using a small star cutter. Add champagne, apple stars, and ice to pitcher. Serve immediately.

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