04 July 2013

Fourth of July Recipes, Crafts and a little History

 ***** Happy Fourth of July Everyone  *****

Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake Bars BY ~ Driscoll's
Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake Bars RecipePrep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour
Servings:16
Use simple berry puree to create festive cheesecake squares. Lemon gives this tangy sour cream cheesecake an added tartness that highlights the flavor of the berries. Perfect for any summer celebration.


Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 9 graham crackers)

Filling and Decoration

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake

  • 1/2 cup Driscoll's Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Driscoll's Raspberries
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) low-fat sour cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square baking pan with 1 strip parchment paper cut 8-inches wide leaving an overhang on both sides. Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl. Press graham cracker mixture into 8-inch square non-stick baking pan. Bake 12 minutes or until firm. Let cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

Cheesecake

  1. Puree blueberries in a blender or food processor and strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard skins. You should have about 2 tablespoons puree. Puree raspberries in a clean blender or food processor and strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard seeds. You should have about 2 tablespoons puree. Set aside until ready to use.
    Mix cream cheese, sour cream and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer on low speed until blended. Add lemon juice, zest and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and mix until evenly blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Spoon half batter (about 2 cups) into cooled crust. For the left side of cheesecake filling, drop half blueberry puree into mixture, 1/8 teaspoon at a time. Swirl into filling using a toothpick or wooden skewer. For the right side of cheesecake filling drop half raspberry puree into mixture, 1/8 teaspoon at a time. Swirl into filling using a toothpick or wooden skewer. Top with remaining batter and repeat with remaining blueberry puree on left side and remaining raspberry puree on right side. Alternately, swirl berry purees together or use just blueberries or just raspberries, doubling the amount of puree.

    Bake on bottom rack of oven 40 to 45 minutes or until edges are just set and center jiggles slightly. Cool completely in pan. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut into 16 squares.
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Mickey & Friends Fourth of July Flag

How to make it

  1. Print the flag on regular paper or cardstock and cut out both pieces. Cut along the four solid gray lines adjacent to each tab.
  2. Use glue or double-sided tape to secure the two sides back-to-back, making sure that they line up at the tip.
  3. Roll the tab on side 2 around the end of a small wooden dowel, then glue it into place. Decorate your flag with ribbons and streamers to make it more festive!
 http://spoonful.com/printables/mickey-friends-fourth-of-july-flag



Did You Know?

John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826--the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

 Mickey's Fourth of July Hat

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“The Star Spangled Banner”



The Defense of Fort McHenry
by Francis Scott Key
20 September 1814
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!



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