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Independence Day – Thank you!!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Every country has its traditions, and for the good old USA, it’s all about the 4th of July! Picnics with family and friends, sparklers and fireworks at night, it’s all about celebrating! Celebrating our freedom! And nothing says freedom to us like our flag!  Our beautiful red, white and blue flag!


Doesn’t she make you feel patriotic (and darn lucky)???  Does me!!

Being a quilter I decided to make my own version of the American Flag – 12 little mini-flags sewed up into one wall hanging!!  Very easy to do – each individual flag is paper-pieced on a sky-blue background using a variety of reds, whites, and blues and sewn into a 12-patch.  The flags are bordered with blue star fabric and has two matching fabric hangers.  The wall hanging has a place of honor all year long and reminds me every day to appreciate our lives and always be thankful for everything being a US Citizen guarantees us!


Thank you so much to all the men and women, current and past (including my own brothers, husband, son and daughter-in-law) who have served our country in the Armed Services!  Our freedom came at a heavy price paid by so many.  I pray for the safety of those currently serving!


Happy 4th – stay safe!



Red, White & Blue Cake Pops – I made them!!!

A week or so ago I wrote about 4th of July cake pops that I wanted to make, using my new cake-pop maker!  The Independence Day treat was inspired by a Pinterest post from Party City.  The pops were so festive looking and I was hoping to recreate the tasty-liciousness of it all!

Preparing to Bake!

I pulled my supplies together and got started mixing the cake batter while the cake-pop machine warmed up.  It works much like a waffler maker!

Unfortunately my cake pops didn’t turn out quite as pretty, and not nearly as round.  More like little space ships 🙂

Well, with my husband’s help, we got started placing the cake-pop sticks in the cake pops (using some of my melted almond bark).  That went pretty well, but since the pops were such odd shapes they really didn’t stand too well.  We placed them in the freezer so that they would be easier to dip.

   Unfortunately the frosting process wasn’t much easier.  We melted the almond bark, and added a few drops of vegetable oil to thin it out some, which was supposed to make it easier to dip.  It was still pretty thick on the pops, and dried so quickly that they didn’t dry round.

So, not as pretty as the original recipe (as you can see here) – and unfortuntely not enough pops to make a whole flag!

But, all that aside, everyone loved them!!!  And really, that’s all I cared about.  It would have been nice to make the beautiful cake pops that I saw from Party City, and maybe with more practice I’ll be able too, but for now I’ll settle for “These taste really good, Mom!”, and “Can I have another one Nana?”.  Music to my ears!

Red, White & Blue Cake Pops

I’ve never been one to make special event-inspired desserts, but I saw this great 4th of July ‘cake’ that I’m going to try this year.  Party City  has a list of “10 Sweet 4th of July Party Ideas”, and THIS one caught my attention.

Party City Cake Pops

It might be because this delectible, yummy creation is red, white and blue, or it might be because it’s a perfect treat for kids,  but more likely it’s because I received a Cake Pop and Donut Hole Maker for Mothers Day  and now I can use it to make something really fun!  Something the family will really like – something the grandkids will think is ‘cool’

Bella Cucina Machine

I’ll keep you posted how the cake pops turn out!!