Sibling Fun on Independence Day

FLAGHere are some fun ways to mark Independence Day with your family:

Make a patriotic wreath. Just cut out the center of paper plate and decorate the edges with white cotton balls, blue colored tape (painter’s tape) and red tissue paper!

During the day, let the kids decorate T-shirts or hats with paint and glow-in-the-dark decals. Their creations will be ready by the time the sun goes down.

Create your own noisemakers by using bicycle horns, whistles, bells, cymbals or pots and pans.

Glo-sticks, glo-ropes and glo-jewelry can safely light the night for kids.

Want to eat like our first president? Here’s a dish he likely ate:

Cranberry Pudding

– 2 eggs, beaten
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– Pinch of salt
– 1/2 cup molasses
– 2 teaspoons baking soda
– 1/3 cup boiling water
– 1 1/2 cups sifted flour
– 1 1/2 cups cranberries, cut in half

Combine eggs, sugar, salt and molasses. In a separate container, put 2 teaspoons of soda in 1/3 cup boiling water. Add to egg mixture. Stir in flour and cranberries. Steam in a buttered rice steamer for 1 1/2 hours. Serve warm with the following sauce:

– 2 sticks butter
– 2 cups sugar
– 1 cup half and half

Melt butter. Add sugar and half and half and stir until sugar is dissolved. Full recipe serves 6 to 8. (Source: The Mount Vernon Cookbook)

Stay safe

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 6,400 Americans last year spent part of their Fourth of July holiday in the emergency room.

Prevent Blindness America, an eye health and safety organization, offers a few fun, fireworks-free and family-friendly ideas to celebrate Independence Day.

(Source GateHouse News Service)

Happy 4th!

– Heather

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