Posts Tagged With: Fourth of July

Fourth of July BBQ Recipes and Ideas

For this year’s Independence Day BBQ, I tried out a lot of great new recipes. It seems to be a common misconception here in Germany that American cooking and baking consists merely of unhealthy and greasy fast food. I love proving people wrong in this respect, for which an America-themed Fourth of July celebration is quite handy. 🙂

Confetti Rice Salad

I found this awesome confetti rice salad recipe on the website USA Kulinarisch. Since that recipe is a main course and I wanted it as a side salad, I adapted it a little bit.

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My Creative Month – June/July 2016

June and July were again quite busy months, especially since most of my free time went into course preparations and a couple of other things I had to take care of.

Fourth of July BBQ

My more or less only creative activity for June was planning and preparing my Fourth of July BBQ.

I tried out a lot of new recipes and got some things for decoration. It was a lot of fun. I was quite good with the preparation this time as well. It all got done in due time.

However, it’s the end of July already and I still haven’t gotten around to post about it. Not exactly in line with my resolution to post seasonal posts more timely. Oh, well, I’m working on it…

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My Creative Month – July 2015

Fourth of July

I made some sweet treats for July 4th: A Stars & Stripes pie as well as red, white, and blue cake pops. Yummy! 😉

 

DIY Planner

I continued working with my planner and wrote a step-by-step guide on how you can make your own DIY Planner.

I’m so glad I kept the “binding” flexible! I had to add a couple of pages that I hadn’t thought of before and replaced some that didn’t quite work the way I thought they would.

And one very big change had to be made: I was hoping to do my weekly planning in there, but it is just no use. Since it is not replacing my pocket calendar, I just grew tired of copying all my appointments in there, and I didn’t really see the point.

For a while I thought I could just use week planning sheets that didn’t have the weekdays on them and have my pocket calendar there when planning.

But the second thing that didn’t work out was that I thought I could take a few minutes every morning or evening to look into the planner. That, too, is just not happening. I have way more time to look at all that when I’m commuting. So again, no use to have this in there.

I’ve been experimenting with to do list apps for a while, and they nicely complement my weekly planning on paper (because they are good for errands and shopping lists, etc. … i.e. things that are done quickly). But for me they just don’t work as weekly planning devices. I need paper.

So I knew the days of my tiny pocket calendar were up and I had to replace it, which I did:

DIY Calendar

As much as I love to have a tiny pocket calendar with a nice overview, I just had to admit to myself that I needed a new pocket calendar that would give me some room for doing my week planning while commuting.

Long searches on the internet made me realize that exactly what I wanted didn’t exist. I found something called a “weekly notebook” (or “Wochennotizkalender” for my German readers 😉 ), which was close. It has a double page per week with the left page being a normal calendar page with one week and a lined right page for week notes.

But I thought that this was still too little space for sensible planning. I wanted one double page for the week days followed by one double page for notes, with my own headlines, preferably.

The most important thing for me, though, was that it had to be A6 for the well-known reasons that my handbag is just too small for A5 and that I don’t want to carry so much heavy stuff around with me. My bag is heavy enough as it is.

I’ll describe how I made it in its own post, but here is a picture of it:

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Fourth of July 2015

Hope all of you who celebrate had a fun and save 4th of July!

I rarely get to celebrate properly around here as—of course—in Germany this is not a public holiday and usually I have to work. But since this year was a Saturday and we were having a BBQ anyway, I thought that was a good opportunity to make something 4th of Julyish. 🙂

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Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Pie

A great dessert for your next 4th of July celebration: The Stars and Stripes Blueberry and Strawberry Pie.

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Fourth of July Cake Pops

A perfect snack for a Fourth of July BBQ, party, family get-together … whatever you want.

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