July 4, 2012

Happy 4th!

This is our little tradition for the 4th every year. We make flag toast (or just bread, since we don't have a toaster right now, and I just don't want to turn on the oven). It's pretty obvious how to make it, but here are instructions anyway.
Acquire some fresh blueberries and strawberries or raspberries. Cut the strawberries or raspberries lengthwise into quarters. Spread, no slather (of course), some cream cheese on a piece of bread or toast. If you want, you can sweeten the cream cheese first, to make it a little more desserty. Then arrange the berries as pictured. As you can see, the kids arranged their own berries on these 4th of July toasts we made last year. Have fun with it. :)
Making these with your kids gives you a chance to talk to them about the importance of our country's flag, or about the Pledge of Allegiance. My kids are eating this year's flag bread as I type this, and they were quick to point out that I did not put enough stripes on it. :) I'm glad they've at least learned how many stripes the flag has and why. Hopefully, each year, they'll learn a little more and gain a greater appreciation for our country and our freedom!

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