What a perfect way to show your patriotism…with patriotic pies.
These are perfect for a patriotic holiday in the USA such as the 4th of July, 2020! They will, no doubt, be the hit of the party!
Here are four favorites that will make your creative juices flow. Who knows, maybe you will tweak the recipes and create your own masterpiece!
Old Glory Cherry & Blueberry Pie
Mini Patriotic Pies Flag-designed Masterpiece
Red Berry Pie Paired with Blueberry Pie – A Patriotic Slice of America
Make Father’s Day special this year by encouraging your kids or grand kids to make him something themselves! These Fathers Day crafts for kids are fun and easy-to-make.
Father’s Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the 20th century. As a civic celebration in the US, it was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting.
It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make to their children’s lives.
Its origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.
Father’s Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June.
1) This is such a cute, easy-to-make Father’s Day card from a small child or baby.
2) Not sure what to give dad? You might like printable Father’s Day coupons. You can fill them in with a free car wash, lawn mowing, breakfast of his choice, two “you decide” blank coupons, and even one that says, “King for a Day.”
Here is another source for printable Father's Day coupons - Father's Day Coupons
3) Have your kids make this thumbprint grapes Father’s Day card for their dads! All you need is paint and a marker. At the top of the card it says “Love You Bunches, Dad” or “Love You a Bunch, Dad!”
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Memorial Day is a patriotic holiday and a federal holiday observed every year on the last Monday in May. It honors those who died serving the United States military. It is also seen as the start of the summer season.
Only one holiday honors fallen American veterans, is celebrated at family barbecues and marks the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day 2020 does just that!
All non-essential government offices are closed including schools, people usually have the day off work, and some local businesses may not be open as well.
Memorial Day Quotes:
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
John F. Kennedy
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, it’s honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.”
“On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!”
Memorial Day 2020 Poem:
© Victor C. Kleinschmit
Someone’s child, left long ago,
A strange land,
Someone’s foe. An unmarked grave, fields of green,
Just eighteen. Winds of freedom, wash us now,
This I vow.
It’s Camping Season: Summer Camping in Colorado
Enjoy a safe and patriotic Memorial Day 2020!
Mothers Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed throughout the world. The American origin of Mothers Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.
While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May. It traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
Anna Jarvis also began the custom of wearing a carnation on Mother’s Day. A colored carnation if your mother is living and white if she’s not. It was intended to be a simple, inexpensive symbol of love and respect for the person who loved you before you even knew how to spell the word.
Unfortunately, the story of Anna Jarvis has a bittersweet ending. At first, people observed Mother’s Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and spending time together.
As the years passed though, more people began buying cards, presents, and flowers. Anna felt that Mother’s Day became much too commercialized. She was outraged when the price of carnations rose significantly and attacked florists as “profiteers.”
Jarvis filed a lawsuit to stop a 1923 Mother’s Day festival. She was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a war mothers’ convention where women were selling carnations to raise money. Said Anna: “This is not what I intended. I wanted a day of sentiment, not profit.”
Thank You, Mother
Once upon a memory
Someone wiped away a tear
Held me close and loved me,
Thank you, Mother dear.
Happy Mothers Day from Colorado Springs Over 50!
Who doesn’t love Mothers Day Cookies?
So many of us associate cookies with our mothers baking cookies for special occasions and after-school treats. We have a few ideas for you that makes a plain sugar cookie into a “master piece.”
But first a little history about Mother’s Day…
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed throughout the world. The American origin of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
To make these Mothers Day cookies, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Then, decorate them as you see in the photos. This is a great time for your creativity to shine!
Mothers Day Cookies #1
Mothers Day Cookies #2
Mothers Day Cookies #3
A tip for decorating sugar cookies: Make icing with confectioners’ sugar and milk. Make it fairly thin and ‘paint’ the icing on the cookies with a pastry brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off. For Cookies 2 & 3 above, you might want the frosting a little thicker.
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Don’t you just love this tiered Easter egg centerpiece?
It’s easy to assemble and will, no doubt, be the topic of conversation at your Easter dinner.
Supplies you will need:
1) Two-tiered serving plate
2) Craft bird nests
3) Shredded crinkle or fine cut craft paper
4) Dyed Easter eggs
5) Spring flowers and twigs
Single-color name cards and napkins with an Easter motif complement the centerpiece, and now you have a stunning Easter table!
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How are Easter dates decided?
This year (2020) Easter is on April 12. Hopefully, it is a nice, warm day!
This holiday is a movable feast but it always falls somewhere between March 22 and April 25 every year.
It’s calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring. The full moon is known as the Paschal (Passover) Full moon.
Easter Door Umbrella Decoration
Easter Egg Centerpiece – Just perfect for your Easter dining table!
It’s time to decorate your front door for spring and the upcoming Easter celebrations with this easy, creative umbrella door decoration.
By using spring colors and items associated with springtime, you will have a great addition to your front door.
* A bouquet of pink tulips, along with greenery and dyed eggshells filled with daffodils. They are tucked neatly into an umbrella for a unique Easter door decoration.
* To make, tie a pretty pink ribbon halfway up a closed umbrella to create a makeshift vase for your arrangement.
* Create pockets between front ribs and tuck in tissue paper to support a crafts-store bird’s nest. Use blown-out dyed Easter eggs, fresh flowers, and greenery such as ferns and moss.
* When you’re finished, wire the arrangement to a hook to hang on your front door.
* You now have a door umbrella decoration that is just right for spring and Easter!
To keep flowers fresh, put the stems in water vials or heavy plastic bags filled with floral foam powder which is available at floral supply stores.
Are you looking for last minute St. Patrick’s Day food ideas? Well, we have just what you need.
These are easy to make and will be enjoyed by young and old alike!
Olives, blueberries, green grapes, pineapple, orange slices, strawberries, small marshmallows and gold foil wrapped candy.
Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Green Frosting and Gold Foil Wrapped Coins
This is an easy way to make any cupcakes into St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. Chocolate and white cake mixes or recipes work well with the green frosting.
Shamrock Smoothie w/ Gold Coins
Cut up bananas for the “gold coins” or use gold foil wrapped coins for accents!
St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas – Make it a Fun and Memorable Irish Day!
Happy Valentines Day 2020!
This is a special day to send love to those special people in your life.
Enjoy this Valentines Day poem to celebrate this special day.
A Valentine is Nothing Like
A Valentine is nothing like
A chocolate or a rose.
For in a week these shall be gone,
But Valentines remain.
If love were always sweet to tongue
Or fragrant to the nose,
Each day would be like Valentine’s,
And we would go insane.
A Valentine just hangs around
Waiting to be kissed
Long after special days have passed
And every days are here.
So one is wise to choose one well
And chocolates to resist.
For in the midst of mania
It’s nice to have one near.
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Enjoy ~ Happy Valentines Day 2020
Just in time for Valentines Day…clever snack ideas for Valentines Day are easy to make. Add a festive touch to this special day with these snack ideas for Valentines Day that even the kids and grand kids can help make.
1) Easy Marshmallow Valentine Treats
Use strawberry marshmallows, dip them in melted chocolate and sprinkle them with little nonpareils. Decorate them with heart picks. So easy and fun!
Source: Marshmallow Valentine Treats
2) Cupid’s Arrows: candy hearts + pretzel sticks
Source: Cupid’s Arrows
3) Heart Kabobs – Made with strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon and black olives.
Source: Via Pinterest
4) Valentine Cinnamon Cookie Crunch Popcorn Mix
This is a printable and can also be used on a tin can treat…for complete instructions:
Snack Ideas for Valentines Day at Your Fingertips!
Colorado Springs Over 50
We would love to hear from you on ideas you would like us to investigate and write about.