Summer of Fun 2013: Have a Fun 4th of July Celebration

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I love the 4th of July.

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I love what it represents.

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I love the colors.

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I love the food.

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I love the special family time.

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We had a very low-key, but fun, 4th of July.

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We started the day with our Donut Party.

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Then, we went to Mt. Bonnell.

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We had a fun snack that consisted of three salsas and a semi-red, white, and blue slush.

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For dinner, we had grilled chicken, baked beans, potatoes, mushrooms, berries, and angel food cake.

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We ended the day with fireworks and a little night time trampoline jumping.

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It was a beautiful Independence Day, and it made me so thankful that we live in a country where we are blessed to enjoy family, food, fun, and freedom.

Happiness Is… Recipe: Our Favorite Caramel Corn

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Happiness is a 2 week Christmas break with my family.

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Happiness is spending the weekend at my parent’s house.  They do everything for us while we are there.  It is like our very own bed and breakfast, and I love it.

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Happiness is Advent.  We give the littles very small presents every morning, and I love watching their excitement as they sit together, patiently waiting to open it.

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Happiness is memories of where it all began.

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Happiness is a nephew who makes me smile…and dreaming of holding another baby niece or nephew one day.

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Happiness is Christmas decorations.

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Happiness is yummy snacks during the holidays.  When I recently did some baking for the faculty and staff at our school, I decided to make some Caramel Corn, too.  I knew exactly which one I wanted to make because I had made it for Ethan’s birthday party, and it was a hit.

Our Favorite Caramel Corn

Our Favorite Caramel Corn

Ingredients

12 C popped popcorn

1 C brown sugar

1/4 C white Karo syrup

1/2 t salt

1 stick unsalted butter

1/2 t baking soda

1 t vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200.
  2. Pop popcorn and set aside.
  3. Place brown sugar, Karo syrup, salt, and butter in a microwave safe dish, and cook in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove from microwave, and stir it all to combine.
  5. Return to microwave and cook for another 2 minutes. Take it out and stir, and then cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Remove from the microwave, and add the baking soda and vanilla.
  7. Place the popcorn in a large bowl, and pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn, stirring to combine.
  8. Line a large baking sheet with foil, and spread the popcorn out on it.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/12/20/happiness-is-recipe-our-favorite-caramel-corn/

Recipe by Our Best Bites.

Have a happy, blessed weekend!