Happy 4th of July to you and Happy Birthday to America! This is the 243rd birthday for this country of ours. The United States of America is the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Each year on this day we celebrate by throwing a big birthday party!
What are you giving America this year? Peace, harmony, and respect might be on her list. She deserves all three and much more.
Usually the party ends up being a picnic or pool party. Family and friends gather from near and sometimes far to celebrate living in the extraordinary country. We celebrate freedom, our freedom. Summer is in full swing. The weather is hot with the nights warm. Fireworks light up the skies to celebrate.
When my family gathers to celebrate we usually have a pitch-in. Does yours? We have some favorite dishes and try to make at least one patriotic dessert. What are some that you make? Here are a few from our recipe box:
Recipe for above:
Take any flavor of cookie dough and spread in the Pampered Chef round white stone. Bake according to directions for a big cookie. Let cool. Frost with white icing and decorate with red, white, and blue M&M’s.
The following is a luscious, light dessert that pleases everyone. It looks gorgeous, too.
Flag Red Velvet Cakes:
These Red Velvet Flag cakes are really a hit at the party. They are easy to make and eat! Kids and adults love them. They work for more than Flag Day.
Today is about much more than red, white and blue desserts, fireworks, and picnics. Far more. It is about freedom, liberty, and justice. Blood was shed so that we might live free. Never take that for granted. Our forefathers planned and organized to make certain this would be the best land for them and their descendants. Their blood was given for it.
While you are celebrating the birthday of this land that I love today, please lift this country, her leaders, and her protectors up in prayer. They need our prayers daily now just like our founding fathers prayed for them. Our country and each one of us needs God. Let’s start with prayer. That would be a precious birthday gift for America.