Fancy This Fridays #134 and Features

Hey there lovelies! Hope everyone had a fun, safe 4th of July!! We spent yesterday at a team roping being grateful to be able to do exactly what we enjoy because others have sacrificed for our freedom! We hope you were able to do the same… not necessarily team roping of course. 😉

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Last night and today I am paying for the long ride there and home… My ankles, feet and lower legs are the most swollen they have been my entire pregnancy… Figures, right!? haha. And as of yesterday only TWO more weeks to go until baby’s due date! Here’s to hoping she comes sooner rather than later!

The upside to this photo? I still have patriotic toes… 😉 Why share a photo of my enormous ankles, you say? Well, I think it’s funny… haha. And because other preggo mommies go through it too. It’s just life. No big deal. 😉 Luckily that photo was taken last night and this morning they are much smaller…

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In case you missed it this last week I shared the DIY Baby Closet Dividers I made for little miss, the maternity photos that Kayli took for me and a round up of yummy looking patriotic cakes in case you’re looking for something to serve this weekend!

Now, onto the features from Fancy This 133!

So I realize the 4th was actually yesterday, but I do assume many of you/us will continue celebrating all through this weekend… So here are a few 4th of July decorations and activities that you can still whip up last minute! And besides, I leave my 4th of July decor up throughout the month… Don’t you?? Patriotic never goes out of style! 😉

First up, love how Laurie of Laurie’s Little Bits of Creativity transformed some Christmas solar lights into Patriotic solar lights! Waste not, want not!

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Next, here are several fun patriotic activities to occupy the toddlers this weekend from Phyllis of Grandparents +!

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And finally whip up an easy Flag banner for your get together this weekend! It only requires a few things and Alyssa of Welcome to My Oh Sew Crafty Life shares exactly what to do to make your own.

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4th of July Cakes – A Round Up!

Well, tomorrow Independence Day is finally here!! For whatever reason I LOVE a festive cake during the fourth! A couple of years ago Kayli and I attempted a flag cake (the kind where you cut into it and see the flag on the inside, so fun!!) Last year I created a firework cake and this year I shared a festive cake on Instagram (@Kassarie)… Whether you’re celebrating just on the fourth or all weekend long, here are several 4th of July CAKES to whip up for a yummy and impressive looking dessert! Even though they are all SUPER easy to recreate!!!

First up, my fourth of July cake from last year… A red, white and blue Patriotic Firework cake! A cake mix, sprinkles and icing. SUPER easy!

Firework cake

Next, Jen of The Arizona Russums just shared a yummy recipe for a 4th of July Flag Cake! The bottom layer of this is more than just a cake… It’s a yummy shortbread/sugar cookie recipe!

Flag cake

Here’s a simple red, white and blue layered cake from Shannon of Rumbly in my Jumbly. So festive!!!

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Just the other day Laura of The Pink Cake Plate, a fellow Arizona blogger, shared all kinds of fun 4th of July ideas on Sonoran Living, a local Arizona TV show. Included were her Red, White and Blue Cupcake cups! SO fun!!!

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And another take on the patriotic cupcake cup idea comes from Katie of Dip it in Chocolate with her Patriotic Firework Cake Push Pops! The kiddos would love these I’m sure!!!

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Then there’s my 4th of July cake for this year! It’s so easy it doesn’t even need a full post…. A cherry chip cake mix, blueberries in the middle, white whipped cream frosting, and red and blue sprinkles! So festive and so yummy!!! Just be sure to store it in the fridge!

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So tell me friends… what is your go to 4th of July dessert? Do you have a patriotic cake or cupcake recipe? I’d love to see links if you do!!!

Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July!!!!

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Patriotic Firework Cake

Hey dolls! Sorry so late with the post today… We had two yesterday since we announced the Sittin’ in the Sun Summer Package exchange, (have you joined yet?), so I’m a little behind today!

Do you realize Independence Day is next week! Yes! Already!

 Here’s a delicious and patriotic 4th of July Firework cake to help you celebrate!

Firework cake

To make this fun firework cake you only need a few ingredients. 
White cake mix and all the fixings called for on the box (eggs, water, oil {or apple sauce})
Red and blue sprinkles
Two round cake pans
White icing

making a 4th of July cake

 Mix up the cake mix like normal, then pour half the mix into each of your round cake pans. Add red sprinkles to one of the cake mix filled pans and blue sprinkles to the other.
Stir the sprinkles around so they spread throughout the mix. The color will probably bleed, that’s ok!

making a red white and blue cake

Bake according to the cake mix instructions. Allow your two cakes to cool just for a minute, admire the firework quality they already have… 😉 then turn them out onto a plate to cool the rest of the way.
Turning them out before they’ve cooled completely works the best, FYI… don’t wait too long!

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 Once they’ve cooled, completely, stack and then ice in the white icing. Sprinkle some red and blue sprinkles on top. More in the center and less on the edges makes a nice firework affect… just sayin’… 😉

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Cut yourself and a friend a slice of delicious patriotic firework cake!
Again, admire the fun firework affect in the middle and eat up!

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Thanks for baking with me today lovelies! 🙂

Do you have any special Independence Day traditions?
Any patriotic treats on your menu this coming week?

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