My dear readers, I love to set up little vignettes around my home and with the 4th of July coming up so quickly…I took about 10 minutes out of my morning to set up this Independence Day vignette.
I didn’t have to go far for any of the pieces….my dish pantry held the striped platters, salt and pepper “stars” and star-shaped bowls.
I had bought a red lacquered tray several months ago at Home Goods….don’t ya just love that store?
AND….I used my entry table as a staging table.
I went to my linen closet and pulled out the red and blue bandannas…which I love to use as napkins…. and you can usually find them for $1.00 at Michael’s or JoAnn’s or any craft store. They have them in all colors, but I like the red and blue and white.
I used the blue bandanna as a scarf under the red tray and added a white utensil holder for napkins and red flatware.
I tossed some red, white and blue gumballs into small mason jars,
…….and wrote with chalk on a little easel chalkboard.
AND to top it off, I used the straw hat the Captain used when we had our old fashioned picnic in the park with friends from our “Birds” group.
I just love getting into the spirit of the Holidays and I love to sprinkle the Season around my home.
And it doesn’t take much time to put a vignette together!
This vignette on my sidebar….is waiting for lemonade and home made ice cream, while the vignette on my entry table is saying chocolate cake, apple pie please!
Oh, and by the way, the simple No Churn Ice Cream recipe is below. This has only 3 ingredients (if you don’t count the lemon extract which is optional) and you can add fruit, nuts or any other flavorings and I guarantee it will always turn our for you.
AND….it isn’t Summer without ice cream, is it?
Of course, I will always prefer the hand cranked home made ice cream…but believe me when I tell you that the No Churn Ice Cream really hits the spot on a warm Summer evening.
Are you decorating for the 4th of July?
Have a great and blessed day!
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- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
- 2-3 tablespoons pure vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of Lemon extract (optional)
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and whisk on high speed until soft peaks form. Then add the vanilla and lemon extracts. Pour the mixture into a glass loaf pan and cover it with plastic wrap and and pop into the freezer for at least six hours, but overnight is best.
- Serve by itself or over chocolate cake or apple pie.
- I have made this into a peach ice cream by using finely diced fresh peaches and omitting the lemon extract....the same with using strawberries. The sky is the limit. 🙂