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July 5, 2014

This Week's Ramblings (#3)

This has been a quick week! 
Having the 4th fall on a Friday is great for a long weekend and I'm sure everyone is appreciating that.  I just found myself feeling scattered so I could get as much done before the 4th so I could relax (ha ha)

I took random pictures with  my iPhone (sorry about the quality).  It takes a bit longer but I like to bake the bacon.  I used a cookie rack set on top of a large baking dish to lay the bacon on.  I bake them at 350.  I started out for 15 minutes, then turned them over and decided to put try convection bake to speed it up.  Another 10 minutes and they were ready.  You have to watch them closely near the end.
My daughter added blue food coloring to the pancakes and some candied red and white sprinkles.   They look a little odd but they tasted great.  The potatoes were left over wedges I had made a few days before and I browned them up in the pan with some butter.  I added cheese to the scrambled eggs.  (Nothing low calorie here!)  

Breakfast and Dinner
Hubby and daughter feasting at breakfast and dinner.  It was amazingly pleasant outside and the mosquitoes didn't bother us. 
I had to remove the red tablecloth that I used in my Tablescape from Thursday that you can see "here" so I could put the umbrella back in place.  You can see the "Star Spangled" clay pottery pieces I put together and posted about "here"
I also put my Uncle Sam and the adirondack chair over on a side table.  They were both part of my tablescape.

Foodie Items
 I started the day out early making apple pie, then potato salad, a pasta salad with gluten free noodles for our daughter, baked beans and some chocolate covered pretzels that Chelsea helped me create.  She dipped and I sprinkled!  We had hot dogs from our local meat market and burgers that were grilled.

Earlier in the week I also posted about the "Lit'l Blue Trike" that already got transformed to the "Lit'l Yellow Trike".  You can see that post "here"

We have a lot of leftovers so I won't have to prepare much for the next few meals.  

Patriotic Displays
I staged flags around here and there.  The Old Time Swag was from Grandinroad.  We have hooks on the side of the deck railing that we've used for Christmas lights and we just hooked the swag on them. 

Wow, I just realized that this is my 400th Post!
My first post was August 22, 2010

So that's my week's ramblings!
I hope your 4th of July celebrating was great!


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  1. Hi Liz, what a fabulous feast for breakfast. Now I'm hungry!! I have to use gluten free foods too. The noodle dish you made for your daughter looks good. Love the bunting on your deck.
    Congrats on your 400th post. Happy blogging.
    Have a great rest of the long weekend.

  2. Liz,
    What a fun filled celebration for the Fourth of July, dear friend!!!
    Ours was fairly quiet, until the fireworks, of course!
    Two times a year our son and daughter~in~law go to the other parents. . .
    and this being one of those two, "Mr. Ed" and I enjoyed our day
    with Choir Members for breakfast and drinks on the patio with neighbors!!!
    Have an amazing week ahead!!!

  3. Everything looks beautiful, Liz. You got it all done, and perfectly. Always love your pies. Bacon looks mighty delicious too. Xo

  4. Wow, Liz, now that is breakfast! It looks like you had a great time with the family. How nice to be able to enjoy all of your festive decor!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  5. Oh goodness what a great 4th July breakfast - so yummy!
    I'm licking my lips as I've arrived home from work quite hungry!!!

  6. Liz, your holiday weekend with family looks like a great time. Love the patriotic touches on your deck and porch.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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