Flag Day

“Hand” Made Flag T-Shirts

aIMG_2878Last year me and my little guy made flag      t-shirts for him and his big brother.

These Patriotic shirts turned out perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day, & Independence Day.

My teen still wears his regularly however my tot has grown a few sizes since last summer and with a Marine Boot Camp Graduation in our near future as well as Flag Day and Independence Day we made him a new one this week that fits.

To create this Flag T-shirt you will need five items …
*White T-Shirt  *Blue Fabric Paint  *Red Fabric Paint  *Paint Brush  *Small Hand

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Instructions:  Prewash t-shirt; Place a piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt so that the paint does not bleed through to the back of the shirt; Start with the blue hand print before adding the red stripes with a paint brush; Allow time to dry before wearing and washing.  Wear with Pride.

aIMG_2849And one more suggested instruction:  if your little one is anything like mine I recommend you pull out an old t-shirt from the Goodwill box in the Garage and some washable paints to paint while you work on the red stripes.  My tot loved every minute of painting a t-shirt “just like Momma” and was extremely proud of his finished product.

Cute, right?
– T

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Red, White & Blue Cookie Bar

aIMG_2117Happy Memorial Day!  Today we remember all of those who served in the US Military and gave the ultimate sacrifice while in service.  God bless them and their families.  Thank you.  And thank you to former & retired service members and those who are currently serving to protect our great nation.

In celebration of our freedom and the service men and women who protect our freedom I made Red, White & Blue Cookie Bars.  They make a perfect treat to add to an afternoon picnic or BBQ.

a-wl-IMG_0159Cookie Bar Ingredients:
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Powder Sugar
1 Cup Butter (room temperature)
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Almond Milk
1 tsp Vanilla

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add parchment paper to a 9×9 baking pan leaving a little overhang for easy removal.  In a medium mixing bowl stir Four, Powder Sugar, Butter, Egg, Milk & a-wl-IMG_2100Vanilla with a wooden spoon until combined then knead with hands creating a dough ball.  Place dough into baking pan and press down to even out the dough.  Bake 30-35 minutes, or until edges are golden and the middle of the cookie bar passes the toothpick test.

Filling Ingredients:
1 Block (8oz) Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1/4 Cup Splenda Sugar Blend
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Lemon Juice

a-wl-IMG_2104Fruit Toppings:
1 Cups Sliced Strawberries
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/2 Cup Raspberries

Directions:  Add Cream Cheese, Sugar, Vanilla & Lemon Juice to a small mixing bowl, mix until well blended.  After Cookie Bar has cooled, remove from pan then spread filling mixture to cover cookie bar then top with fruit.  Cut into bars, keep refrigerated.
Enjoy!  – T

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