Independence Day Decorating and Recipe

Margaret Riley decorating inspiration

by Margaret Riley

July 4th Decorations


Hooray for the red, white, and blue! Our country’s celebration is rapidly approaching. Do you have your decorations out? Why not spray paint your yard like our flag? It will grow and can be mowed to disappear after the 4th….unless you have a rock or sand yard. You might not want to do this if you live in an apartment or condo without the owner’s permission. 😊

Independence Day is:

  • time to be with family
  • a remembrance of our veterans—past and present—who served our nation
  • a picnic
  • and knowing what it means to be an American.
  • Oh, and let’s not forget fireworks, the grand finale of this special day.


How can you decorate for this glorious holiday? See the photos with this article to give you some thought.

  • Check out the dollar type stores for cheap decorations and paint projects that will fit into your décor
  • Find a pallet and paint the boards red and white alternately. Add a blue square in the left corner. And for stars, just do white dots or one large white star.
  • There is a product called RocLon that will accept acrylic paints for you to paint a flag or a banner.
  • Decorate a tree branch with various ornaments relating to a patriotic theme. (see photo) Shop around for star lights to be placed on this branch/tree.
  • Paint a patriotic favor for each of your guests.

As you can see in the photos, decorations can be simple, such as painted stars. And most importantly, hang a flag! It represents our love of our nation. Stand proud and salute it when it passes by in a parade (gentlemen, remove your hats!).

Enjoy your 4th of July. Decorate as much as you can! Plan a picnic (try the Potato Salad included in this newsletter; but remember if it is hot out to take precaution for chilling this dish). There is nothing like being present at a parade and watching fireworks decorate the sky like metallic paint being spattered on a canvas.

Happy Independence Day!!!!





Margaret Riley


I'm going to share my favorite potato salad with a spin on it compared to the traditional potato salad most people make. You can start with potatoes and mash them OR you can use leftover mashed potatoes. People are always amazed at the great flavor when using mashed potatoes!

8 medium-large sized potatoes (any kind of white potato will work)
3/4 cup mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip)
1/4 cup sour cream
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup yellow prepared mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon mustard seeds (optional)
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 cup white sugar
Paprika (to sprinkle on top)
3-4 slices of crisp bacon, crumbled

1. Peel potatoes, cut into cubes, and boil until tender in water.
2. Mash potatoes adding enough milk to make them creamy but yet still thick (you will be adding ingredients that will thin the consistency).
3. Add 1/2 cup mayonnaise at this time.
4. Stir in sour cream, eggs, relish, onion, celery, mustard, and seasonings.
5. Add vinegar and white sugar. At this point add remaining mayonnaise only if consistency needs to be thinner. (If you need to add more ingredients to have a thick but creamy consistency, do so at this time.)
6. If you already have the potato salad in a serving bowl, sprinkle paprika on top.
7. Sprinkle bacon over top and, if desired, add a sprig of parsley to the top. Or slice a hard boiled egg and lay slices on top.

Hint: If your potato salad is too thin, add some instant potatoes. If the potato salad is too thick, add more mayonnaise or sour cream.

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