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July 2nd, 2012

Read the Declaration of Independence with family and friends this 4th of July

On July 4, Americans gather to celebrate our nation’s Independence at family gatherings, backyard barbecues, and firework displays. Often we do this without thinking of the meaning of this uniquely American holiday.

John Adams, one of the founders of our new nation, said, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore.”

Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. In 1941, Congress declared July 4 a legal public holiday.

On July 4, Americans gather to celebrate our nation’s Independence at family gatherings, backyard barbecues, and firework displays. Often we do this without thinking of the meaning of this uniquely American holiday. For too long – from our classrooms to the halls of Congress – our Founders, the Declaration, and our Constitution have been forgotten or even willfully ignored.

This 4th of July, Hillsdale College wants you to join with your friends, family, and neighbors – and actually read the Declaration of Independence. This can be the largest-ever public reading of the Declaration in American history! They want hundreds of thousands, even millions, of Americans setting aside a few minutes to remember the legacy of liberty our Founders entrusted to us.

Click here to read the Declaration of Independence.
Read the Declaration of Independence with family and friends this 4th of July

June 15th, 2012

Patriotic Robot 4th of July Centerpiece Craft

Fun 4th of July craftsA Patri-botic Centerpiece

Courtesy of Family Fun Magazine

This is a super cute craft that your kids will love to do for the annual 4th of July gathering. Kids love robots and this one is sure to please!

You Will Need

2 cardboard tubes (toilet paper tubes, or wrapping paper tubes trimmed to about 5-1/2 inches)
1 roll each of red, white, and blue duct tape
Clear 1-gallon, food-safe plastic pail
2 (15-ounce) unopened cans of food, with labels removed (for weight)
Clean, empty metal can or plastic bucket (ours is a 12-ounce peanut can)
Parchment paper (optional)
2 metal bottle caps

Instructions

  1. Wrap the cardboard tubes with red and white duct tape. Affix an arm to each side of the pail with a loop of tape.
  2. Wrap the bottom of the canned goods with red tape. (Tip: Write the contents on the top of each can so that you’ll know what’s in them.) Place loops of tape on their lids, then press the pail into place on top.
  3. To make the robot’s head, wrap the empty can or bucket with blue duct tape. Cut eyes from white duct tape and a mouth from red. (Tip: The eyes and mouth are easier to make if you first attach the duct tape to a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Cut out the shapes, then peel them off the parchment backing.) Attach the bottle caps to the white circles with loops of tape. Stack the head on top of the pail.

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June 13th, 2012

Uncle Sam’s 4th of July Crispy Treat Recipe

Uncle Sam’s 4th of July Crispy Treat Recipe

Uncle Sam’s 4th of July Crispy Treat Recipe

This very versatile and fun to make holiday cake recipe can also do double duty at Thanksgiving. You can make a Thanksgiving Pilgrim's hat by using chocolate icing w/ black paste color added and a yellow icing buckle.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 12 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2-1/2 cups shortening
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 jars (7 ounces each) marshmallow creme
  • Red and blue paste food coloring

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven, combine marshmallows and cubed butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; stir in cereal. Press 4 cups into a greased 9-in. round pan. Form remaining mixture into a 5-in. diameter x 6-1/2-in. tall cylinder; place on waxed paper to cool.
  2. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat softened butter until fluffy; beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme until light and fluffy.
  3. Unmold cereal mixture from 9-in. pan and place on a cake plate. Place 3 cups frosting in a small bowl; beat in red food coloring until smooth. Frost top and sides of 9-in. cake with 1 cup red frosting.
  4. • Place 1 cup white frosting in a small bowl; beat in blue food coloring until smooth. Frost bottom 2-1/4 in. of the cylinder with blue frosting. Place cylinder on cake. Frost the rest of the cylinder with red frosting.
  5. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert #48 basketweave tip. Using white frosting, pipe stripes on sides of hat. With a #7 round tip, pipe trim.
  6. Using a 1-1/2 in. star cookie cutter, press a row of stars onto hatband. Fill in stars with white frosting using the #7 tip. Yield: 24 servings.
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June 5th, 2012

4th of July Sidewalk Chalk Stars

Courtesy of alphamom.com

Patriotic 4th of July Sidewalk Chalk CraftThe fourth of July is always a nice time to be outdoors with friends and family. This is a simple summer project with many possibilities for kids of all ages. We made our chalk with a star-shaped candy mold, but you could make chalk in any shape or color. I think that these would make nice little party favors. My six-year-old pointed out that it might be easier to buy sidewalk chalk at the store — but with a large container of Plaster of Paris for $5, a mold for $1.99 and paint we had on hand, I think this is a pretty economical project. You could start a chalk factory!

Ingredients

  • Plaster of Paris or hobby and crafts safe substitute (available at art supply or craft stores)*
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Plastic or silicone mold
  • Containers for mixing
  • Mixing utensil (disposable fork or chopstick)
  • Water

* I would advise parents to mix the ingredients for this project when the kids aren’t around. Please be sure to read and follow the safety precautions for this or any product recommended here.

Instructions

  1. Mix two parts plaster mix to one part liquid. Since I used regular paint (rather than a powdered mixture), I mixed two heaping tablespoons of plaster mix with one level tablespoon of paint then added a dash of water as needed.
  2. Stir until all the lumps are gone and your mixture is the consistency of toothpaste.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the molds and wipe the edges clean. Tap the mold and poke out any air bubbles that you can see from the bottom.
  4. Allow the mixture to dry for several hours, possibly 24-48 hours if using larger molds. Be sure to clean your containers at an outside faucet as you don’t want chalk in your pipes!
  5. Turn your mold over and gently tap it to release the chalk. Scrape off any messy edges.
  6. Go draw on the sidewalk!

 

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