9 patriotic recipes to make on july 4th

9 patriotic recipes to make on july 4th

You'll be proud to be an American after making these red, white, and blue treats.

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The fourth of July is one of the best holidays of the year. Celebrating America and all of the incredible people who live here and fight for our country truly does make you proud to be an American. Getting together with family and friends for barbecues makes the day so much better.

This holiday wasn't only created to celebrate our country. It is also the day of the year where we can stuff our faces with food and drink our butts off. What better way to celebrate this holiday than with an abundance of treats that'll get you into the USA spirit?

1. Buzzed Strawberry Bites

These strawberry bites put a spin on your typical chocolate-covered strawberry. The use of white chocolate makes these berries sweeter, and soaking them in rum sure does give them a kick!

2. Patriotic White Chocolate Puppy Chow

This puppy chow will be sure to satisfy all of your cravings. Puppy chow is so delish, and mixing in those blue and red M&M's add a patriotic touch to this one-of-a-kind recipe!

3. Taco Salad Flag Dip

Combining tacos and dip is one of this world's best creations, and this taco dip is no exception. Adding in the design of the American flag just makes it that much more yummy!

4. 4th of July Jello Shots

Everyone loves a good shot! These Jello shots can be mixed with alcohol, or you can make them alcohol free for the kids. Either way, they are sure to be a hit!

5. Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Strawberries

These mini cheesecake bites are inexpensive and their taste is so satisfying! Just piping the strawberry halves and adding some blueberries will make it quick and easy to prepare this treat, and your guests will be begging for more.

6. Boozy Sparkling Lemonade

What's the fourth of July without an awesome drink? This boozy lemonade is perfect for celebrating the USA and it's packed with a punch.

7. American Flag Cake

Okay, this American flag cake may take a lot more work than the other treats on this list. But how awesome would it be to cut open a cake and see an American flag?! Your guests will be sure to go crazy and compliment you on your fabulous baking skills.

8. Firecracker Rice Krispie Treats

These rice krispie treats are perfect for a last minute dessert. They are simple to make and their patriotic colors make them even more scrumptious.

9. Fourth of July Firecracker Hot Dogs

These hot dogs are perfect to make for your annual fourth of July barbecue, and they can double as a cute decoration for your snack table. Eating them on a stick makes it easier for guests to grab and eat as many as they want!

Hoping that your fourth of July is filled with lots of patriotism and delicious treats! Enjoy!

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12 Gifts To Give Your Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

All of these gift ideas will for sure win over your girlfriend's heart this year!
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To all the last-minute gift givers of Valentine's Day:

Don't panic. While I know how stressful it can be to get the perfect gift for your significant other, there are so many gift ideas that people always forget as an option. The best part about Valentine's day is not the gifts you get, but rather the romantic time you get to spend with your loved one. So don't worry about how expensive the gift is, just worry about how much thought you put into it. If you are still stuck on a gift to buy for your girlfriend, here are 12 ideas to get the ball rolling for you:

1. Chocolate



Chocolate is every woman's best friend. It also can be your wallet's best friend for this Valentine's Day season. A box of chocolate can warm your girlfriend's heart for a low price.

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2. Flowers



Flowers. Another common, but romantic gift for your girlfriend. Get creative with it. Throw rose pedals all over the bed, or hand her a giant bouquet all at once. Either way I am sure she will love it.

Buy them on Amazon.


3. Giant Teddy Bear



This is a gift that I always found so adorable. While it can be obnoxious to purchase and carry around, the look on your girlfriend's face when she sees it will make it all worth it. She can cuddle the bear when you're not around. ;)

Buy one on Amazon.


4. Wine



Again, another luxury that is a woman's best friend. You cannot go wrong with buying your girlfriend a bottle, or bottles, of wine. The only question you have to ask yourself when buying it is, red or white?

Buy a set of glasses to match on Amazon.


5. A Couple's Massage

Um, hello. Who wouldn't love this gift? Not only is it a gift for her, but it is one for you as well. This gift can also be surprisingly cheap. Many places offer amazing deals during the Valentine's Day season!


6. Dinner

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just taking your girlfriend to a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. Dinner can be expensive enough as it is, the important thing to remember is to make memories that will last a lifetime during the meal.


7. A Movie



Again, nothing wrong with just going to a movie for the night. Sometimes a movie can set the level of romance you need for Valentine's Day.

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8. A Necklace



I know what you're thinking, too expensive! Don't throw away the necklace idea just yet. There are so many stores that sell such elegant necklaces, and they are decently priced as well. Check out stores like Alex and Ani, or Pandora for great deals, or just order from Amazon!


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9. A Ring



While this gift may only apply to a select few, imagine how memorable this day would be for your girlfriend. Do not think it is too cliche to propose to your girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Who cares how many other people do it, think about the joy it will bring her.

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10. Clothes



Plan and buy your girlfriend's outfit for the night! It saves her time figuring out what to wear, and you just bought her clothes that she will absolutely adore!

Buy a sweater she will love on Amazon.


11. A One Night Stay at a Hotel



I don't think I have to say anything about this gift. You all know how romantic this is.

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12. Personalized Picture Frame



A gift that is beyond thoughtful. Taking all of your pictures of memories from before and putting them together for your girlfriend is a gift that will for sure have her in tears.

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Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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14 Ways To Show You Love Someone This Valentine's Day

You don't need to use the word love to prove it.

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Love means different things to everybody, and on top of that there's a ton of different types of love. You love your favorite food, you love certain hobbies, you love your family, you love your friends, and you love your significant other. Telling your significant other that you love them for the first time can be nerve racking, even if you fully mean it. But when you take a step back and think about it, you've probably told them that you love them already, just without saying those exact words.

You don't need to use the word love to say/prove it, so if you aren't ready to say it yet, if you think it's too soon to say it or the timing just isn't right but you want to make your Valentine feel loved, say and do these 14 things this Valentines day instead.

1. Tell them that they look incredible today.

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2. Ask about how their day was.

3. Ask how their family and friends are.

4. Help them with things they need to get done.

5. Surprise them by making their favorite food, or dessert together.

6. Take them out to eat at their favorite restaurant, or any place that they choose.

7. Open doors for them, and pull out their seat.

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8. Hold their hand, snuggles, forehead kisses, hand kisses, cheek kisses...okay so just kisses in general.

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9. Reassure them with kind words if they are having a tough day or week.

10. Write a love letter about how they make you feel.

11. Bringing them their coffee in the morning, or another one.

12. Tell them that you're proud of them.

13. Telling them to "Drive safely", and "Get home safely."

14. Calling them before bed and letting them know that you had a great day with them.

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