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Fourth of July Crafts

July 2nd, 2013 by Grey Swan Inn

Looking for some quick, DIY crafts to spruce up your home for the holiday?  Here are a few (some even kid-friendly!) ideas to get you on track!  
Flag Shirts
All you need is a white t-shirt, red rickrack, blue ribbon, fusible tape, and an iron to make these quick shirts for you or your kids.  Visit the above link for how-to and pictures.
Easy Patriotic Clothespin Wreath
This easy wreath can be made with about 100 clothespins, red, white, and blue spray paint, white star stickers, and a metal floral wreath.  This wreath would make a great addition to any front door!  
Tin Can Windsocks

Just by using some empty tin cans, red & white ribbon, blue spray paint, star stickers, and some twine, you can manage to create a cute addition to your front porch or living room.  The kids can even help with this one!  Click on the link above to read the full instructions and photo how-to.  
Fourth of July Bunting
(from Alpha Mom)
A star fruit cut in half and some red and blue acrylic paint makes this DIY project a breeze.  When you and the kids finish with this simple craft, it can actually be hung up to blow in the breeze! Check out the website link above to find more instructions.  
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Independence Day Recipes

June 30th, 2013 by Grey Swan Inn

With Independence Day right around the corner, you may be looking for some easy patriotic treats to serve for your barbeque, picnic, or gathering.  Here are just a few simple snacks, desserts, and appetizers to get you started.

Fourth of July Strawberries
(adapted from The Sisters Cafe)

Dip fresh strawberries in melted white chocolate, and then follow with a quick dip in blue sugar or sprinkles. For full recipe and instructions, visit the link above.

Patriotic Fruit Salad
(adapted from Chica & Jo)

Slice a watermelon in ½ inch to ¾ inch rounds, then use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes from the watermelon.Gently toss with fresh blueberries and strawberries for a colorful addition to any meal. Visit the above link for complete instructions.



Layered Patriotic Punch
(adapted from Our Best Bites)

Fill a glass to the top with ice.If you have star shaped ice cube trays, this would be a great time to use them! Next, fill a third of the glass with red Hawaiian Punch. Slowly pour another third of blue Gatorade down the side of the glass to avoid mixing colors. Top with Sierra Mist for a tri-colored Fourth of July refreshment!

Red, White, & Blueberry Muffins
(recipe from SophistiMom)

These beautiful muffins are not only patriotic but healthy, too! A combination of fresh blueberries and raspberries give these muffins their tasty flavor and gorgeous color. Visit the link above for ingredient list, instructions, and additional photos.

Patriotic Pancakes
(recipe from Tasty Kitchen)

Alternately layer plain and red velvet pancakes and top with blueberries for a delicious start to your Fourth of July. Full recipe located at link above.

Looking for a fun activity on the Fourth?  Come celebrate our nation’s independence in Downtown Blackstone with a parade!  Visit for more information!

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