Ms. Elaine Kneeous

Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

Culinary yes-yes #82

This year, I’m disappointed that we’re not hosting an Independence Day soiree.  It’s just one of those things that didn’t quite work out to gather family & friends together to celebrate our nation’s birthday.  That doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about all the great things that can be done to honor the red, white and blue this year.  (And just a not-so-gentle reminder, you are celebrating INDEPENDENCE DAY and NOT, I repeat NOT the 4th of July.)  So my first décor link for you is this awesome free-for-personal-use printable which is, in my opinion, perfect.  There are so many ways to add flair to your holiday gathering.  It takes almost nothing… printer, card stock, and a few extra minutes.  Seriously, that’s it.

If you’re like most folks, a traditional grilled menu is as Classic American as it gets.  Stick with your burgers, hot dogs, chicken, corn on the cob and potato salad.  While I advocate trying new things every chance you get there’s no shame in staying classic on this holiday.

WHAT???!!!  Stay simple & classic???!!!  IMPOSSIBLE, you say.  I MUST do something to stand out and add a personal touch to my cookout.  Well, there are a few ways you can incorporate fun, easy-to-do ideas.

First you need to wash down all that BBQ fare, right?  Again there’s nothing wrong with “the usual” such as a cooler full of Miller bottles.  But your guests will feel particularly pampered with a pitcher of patriotic punch: 



You, too, can whip up this lovely concoction.

Now, you could serve a pan of brownies and a platter of s’mores and most likely no one in your group would complain.  But you probably won’t win the “creative hostess of the year” award either.  With minimal effort for most of these (obvious exception being the flag cake) you can really end your dinner with a bang.  (Get it?  “BANG?”  I know, I know…  Don’t worry, if I had a day job, I wouldn’t quit it.)  Back to the desserts.

It’s almost overwhelming, the amount of ideas that are out there for celebrating the best patriotic holiday ever.  Fortunately there’s still time to plan & create a bit of your own *sparkle* for this 4th.  And that, my friends, is the ultimate Culinary Yes Yes!  Happy Independence Day, dear Ms. Elaine Kneeous readers!




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