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


Happiness is a 2 week Christmas break with my family.


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.




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.





Happiness is memories of where it all began.


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


Happiness is Christmas decorations.


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


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


  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.

Recipe by Our Best Bites.

Have a happy, blessed weekend!