Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July was always one of my favorite times as a child growing up in northern Michigan. As kids, my friends and I would spend the entire day swimming in the lake, and we'd all look like bright red lobsters by the end of the day. Fitting for the 4th of July I suppose. What better than to sport red skin and a blue swimsuit for the holiday? {Oy vey! Sunburned skin is so taboo in this day and age.} I can still picture all of our picnic foods and hot dogs cooking on the grill. One of my mom's friends would always make a big batch of fruit salad, but she would use the watermelon as a 'basket' to hold the fruit. However, in the midst of all the holiday activities, the one thing that I always loved about the 4th of July was the fireworks! 

I'm still a sucker for a good fireworks show.

Even though today is the 4th of July, I already wore some red, white, and blue over the weekend. I could hardly contain myself.

red bracelet: forever21
blue&white bracelet: handmade by my cousin

Over the weekend we also enjoyed a minor league baseball game.
I mean, it doesn't really get any more American than baseball. Plus we enjoyed hot dogs and a couple of cold beers. Watching a baseball game was the perfect 4th of July activity, and we stayed for the fireworks after the game too!

Even though we watched
a baseball game and fireworks over the weekend,
I've been most excited about the food we've been eating lately!

Alisha, over at Alisha & Brandon, shared this really great recipe for strawberry shortcake, so of course I had to give it a try!

We may, or may not, have eaten this for breakfast yesterday. Oops.
{don't judge us} The strawberry shortcake turned out amazing, and that recipe is going in my binder of favorite foods! Thanks for sharing, Alisha. (:

Even though we ate strawberry shortcake for breakfast yesterday, we did enjoy a really healthy breakfast of fruit, granola, and yogurt a few days ago.
It was appropriately red, white, and blue for the holiday!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Please remember the people who serve our country,
and keep them in your thoughts today {and every day}!

May you also spit lots of watermelon seeds, eat too much food, watch a firework display, and maybe even play with some sparklers. (:


  1. Girl, your strawberry shortcake looks absolutely delicious!! Great job! And thanks for the shout out :)

    Love the American flag jerseys the boys wore. How cool is that?! Too bad we can't have fireworks this year (damn the drought), that's always my favorite part too!

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday today!

  2. Um I loved this post! So cute! And yesterday I went to a party with a watermelon as a bowl for fruit :) So cool! And I too love Baseball! My husband played collegiate baseball so it is a loooove! And strawberry shortcake is heaven.....thanks for entering my giveaway by Pink Pistachio!

  3. My aunt used a watermelon as a fruit bowl at one of my bridal showers! So adorable!!

    I love all of your red, white, and blue!! Especially the jerseys that the baseball players wore! So cute!

  4. Love all of your red, white, and blue! And, so excited to try to the strawberry shortcake recipe!

  5. I love your red bangle, and your handmade blue bracelet is so cute! I always love handmade jewelry!

    And that strawberry shortcake looks so delicious as well as the parfait, so patriotic!

    xx Katy