We had a great 4th of July! My Mom and I had attended this Old Fashioned celebration several times before, but this was a first for the little ladies!
Rock Ledge Ranch opens their homestead for this event. They have a garden, animals, stilts, croquet, homemade icecream, tours of the homes, demonstrations and more. Our stamina was limited by nap times, but we did get to do some fun things. In the upstairs of the barn, they have lots of fun games for little ones (not quite as little as ours) to play!
Emily and Rachel both enjoyed the duck pond and the prizes:
They also had balloon darts, clothespin drop, toss the beanbag into the milk can, etc...
We saw sheep, pigs, horses and chickens! Then, we found a place to sit and eat our "traditional" 4th of July picnic.
While we were eating, a local orchestra played patriotic music. Rachel has just learned to clap and wanted to join in the fun:
That was followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Everyone was in period costumes - it was great! Hmmm, wouldn't it be fun to plan something like this at my house for my friends next year?
Our traditional picnic always includes:
Homemade Chicken Salad served on Oatmeal Muffins
Chips (this time including chip dip!)
Dessert (this time - Brownies, made by my friend Susan!)
4 boneless chicken breast halves cooked and cut or shredded
4 stalks celery cut in small pieces
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 c. green grapes halved
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. mayonnaise
Mix and chill to blend flavors. Take to picnic in a canning jar! We like sliced almonds served on top of ours for a little extra crunch!
1 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
3 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. oats
1 c. milk
3 T. oil
Stir just to moisten. Spoon into prepared muffin tin and bake at 425 for about 15 minutes. Makes: 12 muffins