For my followers from other countries, I will explain one of our most revered holidays in America…Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the USA, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, and were no longer part of the British Empire. This special day is associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, speeches, ceremonies and American flags, lots of flags!! So I am focusing on creative flags for this 4th of July post!!
This one is hanging on our outside shower wall at our Cape Cod cottage…
Gina, my daughter, made it for us…it is made from a wood pallet, she painted a blue square in the right-hand corner and painted Aaden’s and Parker’s hands white and had them put their handprints on it for stars!! Parker’s are on the top and Aaden’s on the bottom, then she painted the red and white stripes…Easy and I will cherish this for as long as it lasts!! Don’t forget to polyurethane it!!
And this small flag was made by one of my special needs students, about 12 years ago!!! It’s just a flag sticker put on a piece of wood that has been stained and polyurethaned!! Just a simple wire strung through eye screws makes it a lovely rustic decoration…perfect for my cottage kitchen door…Every 4th of July season, I take it out and hang it with.. thoughts of Chris, a very sweet boy, who loved woodworking and gave me a wonderful gift that I have used for past 12 years and will use for many years to come❤️
What would 4th of July be without a red, white and blue outfit??? In the center is a white linen and knit tiered ruffle top from Anthropologie a few years back, but you can get one like it at Macy’s(click here), a white lace camisole to wear under the ruffle top, cut off capri jeans, Tom’s red canvas ballet flats and a red hat to top it off!!!
Ok, so maybe I look a little like a bride, holding blue hydrangeas from my garden…but I do love this top, it’s perfect for parties and concerts, especially with the jeans🇺🇸
Flag Pie!!! Why not, a great dessert to bring to a cookout!!!
4th of July Berry Flag Pie
- 1 package pre-made pie crust (with 2 crusts)
- 16oz. fresh strawberries
- 8oz. fresh raspberries
- 8oz. fresh blackberries
- 4tbsp. raw sugar
- 1tbsp. & 1tsp. cornstarch
- Splash of lemon juice
- 1 egg
You’ll also need a 9-inch pie plate and small star-shaped cookie cutter.
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
- Wash your fruit, and hull and quarter the strawberries.
- Mix strawberries and raspberries together with 2tbsp. raw sugar, 1tbsp. cornstarch and a splash of lemon juice.
- Mix blackberries separately with 1tbsp. raw sugar, 1tsp. cornstarch and a splash of lemon juice.
- Unroll one of your pie crusts into an ungreased 9-inch pie plate.
- Use a folded piece of foil to section a quarter of your pie. This will be for the stars section of your flag.
- Pour blackberries into the small separated section of your pie.
- Pour the strawberry and raspberry mixture into the remaining area of the pie. Remove the foil separator.
- Unroll your other pie crust over a cutting board or piece of parchment paper.
- Using a knife or pastry cutter, cut the top corner of the flag and set aside.
- Cut the remaining pie crust into strips about 1″ wide, and place alternating strips on the top of the strawberry and raspberry section.
- Press edges of your crust together around the pie.
- Bring back the remaining top corner of the pie crust, and use a small star cookie cutter to cut as many stars as will fit. Place the stars on top of the raspberry section.
- Do a light egg wash on the crust, and sprinkle with the remaining tsp. of sugar or more if needed.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Let cool for 2 hours before serving.
Top left, cut berries washed in the sink. Top right, bottom crust in pie plate ready for berries. Bottom, cut strips for stripes, ready for to cut stars…
Top left, berries ready to be covered. Top right, stars and stripes ready for egg wash. Bottom right, Victor’s invention to keep the edges of pie from burning…cut a round piece of aluminum foil bigger than pie plate then cut the middle out, place on pie last 15 minutes of cooking! Bottom left, finished pie!!!
Ready to serve with ice cream or whipped cream!! Lighthouse plate with an American flag, bought at Christmas Tree Shop!!We chose vanilla ice cream!! It is so yummy!!
And now to end this post, a few quotes from famous leaders, which I think should capture our awareness of the 4th of July…
“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” Pastor Peter Marshall
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela