Happy Birthday America!

Hey everyone!  We are having some seriously HOT weather here -- like 120 degrees, so I've decided it's a good time to take a bit of a bloggy break.  I think maybe my brain is melting, making it difficult to come up with some creative posts.  It always seems good for me to just step back for a bit, take a breath and recharge.    I've never re-posted a post before, but thought I'd give it a try and share last year's celebration with all of y'all.   I hope y'all have a wonderful, safe, happy and fun 4th of July!

This post is from July 4, 2012:

I hope everyone is having a wonderful, safe and very Happy 4th of July.  We had our daughter and family over for the first 4th of July celebration in our new home.  Our son and family are in San Diego, enjoying the beach and cooler weather, while he launches another True Food Kitchen restaurant.  They were missed but we know they are having fun, too.  I don't have a lot of decorations for this holiday, but put together a few things.

Let's start outside, shall we?

Not our typical blue sky, triple-digit day.  We had rain off and on & temps in the 90's!

A couple of things that can take our summer heat -- potato plants & portulaca.

 Okay, it's starting to rain again, so let's go inside.

This is one of my favorite places to decorate seasonally.  The shelf is on the wall just to the right of the entrance into my kitchen.  Sometimes I hang seasonal quilted wallhangings just under the shelf, but I don't have a summer wallhanging (yet...lol), so I found something I could print off the internet.

I thought this was so adorable!  Ya'll know I've gotten hooked on Roos, so this immediately caught my eye, plus I adore the colors.

I also thought it would be fun to add some mini-pennants.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm all about the
"Red, White & Blue," but decided to put my own spin on those colors.

I got this FREE subway art, along with some printables for decorating cupcakes (you will see these later in this post) here at Made in a Day.  This subway art was my inspiration for choosing the colors I wanted to use, & I'm so happy with it!

 Maybe you remember these cute dishtowels that I got for my birthday back in February.  Ya'll know how much I love my Roos and Hens, but these dishtowels were huge -- lots of the white flour sack fabric.  It made it kind of difficult to fold so that the star performers took center-stage, so I revamped them a little bit.......

I had been wanting to do something with red & white ticking & this was a perfect way to 
add this great fabric to my decor.

I simply trimmed away some of the flour sack & added side strips and the ruffle.  I just love 
how these little cuties turned out.  They add to my whole "Americana" theme!

My tablescape, at least until the food is ready!  I got the idea for my bouquet of scrapbook paper flowers at Live Laugh Rowe.  Then I decided to make some coordinating pinwheels
 for just a bit more fun!

I made this wreath awhile ago, but don't think I ever shared -- shame on me....lol!  I spray-painted an old grapevine wreath, & then added some little baskets that I've had, like forever.

I just added some odds & ends of faux flowers that I had in my stash.  Also added some pieces of ivy to fill in gaps.

This is how the top of my small white buffet looks right now.

I am serving Barbecue Pulled Pork which I seasoned & put in my crockpot about 5:30 this morning.  It was all ready to be shredded & the sauce added by 1:30.  It was delish!

I made chocolate cupcakes yesterday & had them all ready for my sweet granddaughters to decorate.

I gave them a quick lesson in using a decorating bag & turned them loose!

They did a great job!  Yes, they have pink in their hair -- it's a wash-out dye that is apparently the rage among tweens these days.  Oh, Riley is on the left & Taylor on the right.

The star of our meal, & everyone loved it!

Potato salad, hotdogs, corn-on-the-cob (oops, forgot to remove the foil before taking the pic), potato chips, & plenty of fresh tomatoes, peppers & carrots, & we certainly didn't forget the cupcakes!  Oh, that would be my glass of wine over on the left....lol!

Well, that's a wrap to a wonderful Independence Day.  Nothing is better than celebrating a special day with family.  It was a great day!  I hope it was the same for all of you!  Thanks so much for stopping and please come again soon.

I will be partying here:

Thanks so much for letting me share an older post.  I have some new things that I've been working on and will be sharing those after my brain and body have a bit of a rest.  Once again, "Happy 4th" everyone!


  1. Wow! Wish I was invited to your party Cas :) The food and the entire atmosphere in your home is so happy and inviting. Enjoy the 4th of July!

  2. Haapy 4th friend...everything looks so festive and fun...hope you enjoyed your day...the girls are lovely!!
    xo, Mariaelena

  3. All that food looks delicious, wish I was there. Your bunting is just darling. I don't do any 4th decorating, so love seeing everyone else decorate.

  4. I enjoyed the tour! You have some wonderful vignettes, and I especially loved seeing the clever wreath of miniature baskets! Looks like y'all celebrated the Fourth in style!

  5. We had rain yesterday too but it was late in the afternoon & we really needed it. I LOVE pulled pork. YUM!!

  6. Hi Cas,
    Glad you had a nice 4th with your daughter and family. I find sometimes it is nice to have the families over by themselves once in awhile anyway, cause you can really have a good conversation. Sometimes that is hard when it is everyone,
    even tho that is really fun too!

    Blessings hon,

  7. Looks like a fun day! I looked at the weather yesterday and realized it was much hotter here in KS than in AZ. That doesn't happen very often in the summer. Hope you enjoyed the nice break from the heat!

  8. Wow, that's a great summer day....only in the 90s in Scottsdale! ;P

    I love your Americana...your home looks so festive, and the food looks delicious! I know y'all had a wonderful 4th of July!

  9. You mentioned living in the desert, and I live in desert southwest and just wondered where you are located?
    I am a new follower here.

  10. I love the little pennant banner and the picture of roosters! Too cute!!

  11. Cas,
    So nice to meet you! Thanks for visiting and signing up to follow. I will do the same!
    Looking forward to getting to know you!


  12. HI Cas, so glad you had a good 4th! Your grandaughters are beautiful. I like the PINK:) The food sounds wonderful and I love your house. XO, Pinky

  13. Everything looked so good for your gathering! I'm sure you were happy that the temps cooled down a bit too. That food looked perfect for the 4th and who doesn't love cupcakes?! That was a nice idea to let your grand kids decorate them.

  14. Your home is so beautiful! Looks like it was a wonderful 4th of July celebration. I love your collection of hens and roos, especially the way the wall art coordinated with the patriotic bunting!


  15. Hi Cas everything looks so great, I'm totally in love with your rooster dishtowel. Glad you all had a good holiday.

  16. Looks like you had a fabulous 4th.
    The food sounds amazing and the girls are so cute!
    Your new home is gorgeous.

  17. I live in the metro area as well. The Phoenix high was 91, the coolest 4th of July in 100 years.

  18. Stay indoors Carol and just enjoy the AC and some cool lemonade dear, I can't help but 'brag' though, it was 66 F yesterday and 75 F today here in Southern Illinois! Not bad for summer eh?? Take care dear and happy 4th!

    1. Thanks, Vel! It's only supposed to be 111* today.....lol! We will be finding some cool weather elsewhere pretty soon which will be so nice. It always helps to get a bit of a break!

      Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

  19. I've been seeing stuff on the news about the crazy temps & I always think of you. Stay cool!

  20. Your entry is so pretty. I adore your dishtowel. I concur about your feelings about having a melted brain.

    Have a very happy fourth of July!


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