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Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July everyone! We hope you have plans to spend some quality time with your family and friends over the long holiday weekend. That’s definitely on tap for both of us.We feel so blessed to live in such a wonderful country where so many have sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice) for our freedom. God Bless the USA!

We wish you a safe and festive holiday and can’t wait to see you back on Monday morning… we have LOTS to discuss!!!!!

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Sparkling Sangria

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If you’re having a 4th of July BBQ,  I’ve got a delicious beverage that you should definitely add to your menu.
It’s a fruity, sparkling sangria that is bound to be the hit of your bash. This cocktail will keep your guests refreshed, and I’m sure they’ll come back for more!
Sangria Recipe 4th of July Cocktail
Sparkling SangriaIngredients:

1 cup sugar
2 cups Cointreau
2 cups Absolut Mandarin
1 large bottle of Rhine Wine (I use the gallon jug of Carlo Rossi. It brings me back to my college days…)
2 quarts club soda
4 peaches
2 lemons
2 limes
2 oranges
Directions:
Pour all of the alcohol together and add sugar. Stir. Cut the fruit into slices and add to the alcohol mixture. Let this mixture sit all night or longer in the refrigerator. Just before serving, add the club soda. Make sure it is all chilled.
Sparkling Sangria Recipe
If you are having a big group, make two batches because this drink will go fast!

Now we didn’t do it here in the pictures, but I suggest serving the sangria in a large clear drink dispenser with a spigot. That way the liquid pours out and the fruit stays in the dispenser.

The fruit will also add some eye-catching color to your 4th of July table display.

Sangria Recipe and patriotic straws

Now would also be a great time to break out the patriotic straws that we showed you last week.

Sangria Recipe Patriotic Straws

So cheers to a festive 4th of July tomorrow! Be safe & have fun fellow rookies!

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Red, White, & Blue Cookies

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Can you believe that the 4th of July is one week from today? The summer is really flying!

To prep for the holiday I recently tried out a new recipe, putting my own patriotic twist on this delicious treat.

Let me pause while I cross “Bake a new treat” off of our summer bucket list. 🙂

Okay, back to the deliciousness that is about to ensue..

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are the bomb. So dense, so chewy, so decadent. I’m all about chocolate chip cookies, but it is nice to try a different recipe every now and then.
My mom is the one that turned me onto this recipe, and I can’t thank her enough for bringing this yummy goodness into my kitchen.
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Ingredients:
-1 cup butter, softened
-1 cup packed light brown sugar
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 egg
-1 T. vanilla
-2 cups flour
-1 t. baking soda
-1/2 t. baking powder
-1/2 t. salt
-2 cups sweetened dried cranberries
-1.5 cups pecan pieces
-1.5 cups uncooked quick cooking oats
-3 (4 oz) white chocolate baking bars, chopped
-1 T. shortening
Cookie Directions:
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, gradually add sugars, beating well. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients, gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in cranberries, pecans, and oats. Drop dough by heaping T. 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. 
The cookies are good even without the chocolate and sprinkles. Feel free to eat them as is (I felt a tad healthier munching on a few this way. Key word: “tad”) But if you want to jazz them up (& give them a holiday feel), proceed to the next set of directions.
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Once they’re cool (I let mine cool overnight) they’re ready for the finishing touches (a.k.a. the best part).
White Chocolate Dipping Directions:
Microwave white chocolate and shortening in medium, microwave-safe bowl on high for 1 minute, or until chocolate melts. Stirring once. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate, letting excess drip back into bowl. Dash sprinkles of your choice onto the chocolate. Place dipped cookies on wax paper to cool. 
I put mine directly in the freezer for about an hour. I highly recommend not skipping the freezer. This makes sure they don’t turn into a gooey white chocolate mess. Trust me…
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
These cookies really do have a patriotic flair.
RED cranberries…check!
WHITE chocolate…check!
BLUE sprinkles…check!
I originally tried blueberries (along with the cranberries) for the “BLUE” portion of this recipe. They were still delicious, but didn’t give off enough of a “blue vibe”. That’s when I decided sprinkles would have to do.
I wish I could have found some better sprinkles. Perhaps some navy ones would have fit the red, white, & blue theme a bit better? Or maybe I could have even done both red & blue sprinkles? You decide what works best for your own patriotic twist on these bad boys.
White chocolate dipped oatmeal cranberry cookie recipe
These moist, chewy, and chocolatey cookies will be the hit of any 4th of July bash.
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
So now it is your turn…tell us your favorite treat to bake for 4th of July! We want to know what patriotic recipes you have in your playbook.
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