Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!
White Fireworks displayed on red background

Do you know the Declaration of Independence?

The following is commonly known as the Preamble:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
 

Happy Fourth of July!

Red, White and Blue Cupcake with white frosting and red and blue sprinkles, topped with mini Flag

Independence Day Cupcakes

[This recipe and many more can be also be found at Frankly, My Dear...]
"Let them eat cake!" is another phrase that inspired a battle for independence. Thankfully, these tasty treats only bring happiness.

Prepare a white cake mix according to package directions.
Divide uncooked batter into three equal parts.
Set aside the white batter.
Mix blue food coloring into the second batter.
Mix red food coloring into the third batter.
Line a cupcake pan with red, white, and blue cupcake liners.
Drop one large spoonful of blue batter into each liner.
Using a clean spoon, drop one large spoonful of white batter onto the blue.
With another clean spoon, drop one large spoonful of red batter onto the white.
Bake according to package directions.
Allow to cool completely. Top with white frosting, then add red and blue sprinkles.
Decorate with a small flag.
Red, White and Blue nail polish from NYC New York Color

Show Your Patriotic Spirit

Go out in style with some of these frugal fashion statements:

Paint your fingers and toes with red, white, and blue nail polish.

Buy a red, white, or blue T-Shirt and decorate with fabric paint or iron-on decals.

Use a long red ribbon as a belt with denim capris and a white top.

Tie up your tennies with Patriotic laces.

Bring the bling with red, white and blue bangle bracelets.

The Real Mojo

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Be sure to follow Molly's blog where you'll find The Penny Parable and other great posts about Faith, Family, Food, and Fun.

Follow her misadventures in the High Desert, and check in the first week of each month to see what her new Monthly Meal Plan will be.

Fireworks in a Jar


This craft will bring a fun sparkle to your Fourth of July!

Here in the desert, backyard sparklers are illegal.
So Dot and I created this new spin on a favorite Pinterest-inspired craft.

And, unlike regular fireworks, you can do this indoors as well as outside.

Carefully cut the tip off a red, white, or blue glowstick.
You don't have to crack them to light up first.
Shake the glowstick into a mason jar.
Don't shake too hard, or it will get messy!
Add a little silver glitter.
Put the lid on the jar and shake thoroughly.
The Patriotic colors will glow and sparkle for hours!

If Little People will be making this craft,
use clear plastic bottles instead of glass jars.
Red, White and Blue Fruit Skewers with Whipped Topping for Dipping

Patriotic Food Play

Uncle Sam says it's okay to play with your food!

Longer drink umbrellas, drink stir-sticks, or these cute pinwheels work great with this refreshing treat for the kid in all of us.

Carefully place foods onto the skewer.
I used a flavorful blend of red raspberries, white mini marshmallows, and blueberries.
Leave enough of a tip for the skewer to be "stuck" into a base before serving.

Serve with a small cup of whipped topping for dipping.

After you've enjoyed the food, you can add more or just play with the pinwheel!

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