July 4th…What’s on the agenda?

Hey everyone! It’s that time of year when things go bang in the night, animals get nervous, kids are excited. It’s the unofficial kick off to summer in my family! Usually involves lots of food, fun, swimming and this year, fireworks!

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Hubby and I will be spending our 4th at the ball park. We both work for the Grand Junction Rockies; a pioneer league for the Colorado Rockies. These are the kids fresh out of high school or college and they play their hearts out. I plan on partaking in a hot dog or two, maybe even some cotton candy. But that doesn’t mean you all have to miss out on the fun: so I have collected some great ideas for your 4th of July celebration!

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Almost everyone in our clan is on some kind of diet or another. Some don’t eat carbs, some have to cut down on salt, some don’t drink (wait… that’s not a diet!) and some are watching their sugar intake, so finding a happy medium for everyone, it’s gonna be tough….Actually, we all really work together to respect and encourage everyone’s likes, dislikes and food preferences. That’s why I’m going to the ball game!! LOL! Need my carbs, processed foods and sugar! Let’s see what we can find.

Little kids seem to get anxious and want something to do while they “patiently” waiting for fireworks, here are a few crafting or game ideas for them.

Glitter Bottles: What is better than confetti and glitter? It’s contained in a bottle, that’s better than just confetti and glitter!
Easy Firework Crafts: Get out the paint and use those empty toilet paper rolls! Let’s get Painted!!
And just for some really cool fun!
Painted Lawn Stars!

Here is a great veggie tray to start off the day right, everyone has something they can eat on this one.

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Something for the kiddos, extra sugar in these!
Star Spangled Snack Mix
Finally, deviled eggs are a staple in all our festivities. Check these out!

Meal time, I would suggest hamburgers, hot dogs and brats!
What’s more American than that!?! But let’s see what we can do to fancy them up and not blow the budget
Hamburgers
Hot Dogs: Chili Slaw Dogs
And Beer Brats with Slaw

Let’s not forget about the best thing ever!! DESSERT!!
Of course!!! S’mores!!
Berry Dessert Pizza
Ice Cream Sandwiches

I don’t think I stayed totally within the dietary restraints of my clan, hopefully you will be able to enjoy each of these recipes with yours!

Please remember: NO drinking and driving. Be aware of your local firework laws. Remember some people and animals get anxious or suffer from PTSD, please be conscious of your neighbors and family.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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