Let's begin with the porches and faces of our homes. What better way to let freedom ring than by displaying our independence for our neighbors and friends to see! Here in the South, we love to fly our flags proudly and the more banners, the merrier. I love seeing some of the older, antebellum - style homes all decked out in their finest shows of patriotism. I agree that even a little decor can go a long way, but when it's done tastefully, with love of country in mind, nothing is too grand a theme.
Love of country means love of food, too, and no Fourth of July holiday is complete without a little bar-be-cue or something being thrown on the grill! Whether it's burgers, hot dogs, steaks, or chicken, just the aroma from an outside cookout screams summer. Our Fourth of July staple is baked beans and you can find my recipe from a few years ago here. They are the best and never disappoint. Our favorite way to enjoy the holiday is to entertain with friends at our outdoor kitchen while the kids swim nearby. And we normally end the evening with home made ice cream! Yum!
It's no joke how hot it is in July here in the South. And of course, Southern Divas don't sweat, we "glisten." Whether I'm entertaining or enjoying a cookout on the lake with friends, I'll be sure to wear something cool and comfortable. The picture on the right is probably more like something that you would see me wearing for the holiday. I also like the fun floral blouse as a twist to wearing red, white, and blue. The Daisy Duke shorts, not so much.
Happy Fourth of July, Friends! I hope that however you and your friends and family chose to celebrate this year that you will remember how fortunate we are as Americans to live in a country where we are so blessed to be able to enjoy the freedoms we have. Enjoy your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness!