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Virtual Girls Night Out - Fireworks, Yes? or No?

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! Any special plans for the holiday? We're in town so I'm sure we'll hang out with the neighbors and watch the kids play with sparklers (I'll be the one with a fire extinguisher, a bucket of water and prayers for safety!) How about I get my mind off of kids playing with fire and focus on our Virtual GNO!

*The VGNO blog-hop is for those who want to party "virtually" with other bloggers. Add your blog link to the link-up below, get on your fuzzy slippers, make yourself a cocktail, visit those that have left their blog link and have fun! Happy VGNO!*



Time For Some Tunes!


Michael Franti & Spearhead "The Sound of Sunshine"




Time For A Cocktail!

Stars and Stripes Martini
Ingredients:
Blueberries - slightly crushed
1.5 oz. SKYY Citrus Vodka
¼ oz. blue curacao
¼ oz. Chambord raspberry liqueur
½ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lemonade
Splash lemon-lime soda
2 juiced lemons
Directions:
Muddle blueberries with the blue curacao in a martini glass. Place a lemon wheel slice over mixture. Pour vodka, simple syrup, a splash of lemon-lime soda, and lemon juice in a martini shaker. Shake and strain over the lemon in a martini glass. The mixture will layer. Drizzle Chambord down the side of the glass. It will layer in between the vodka and blueberry mixture creating a striped appearance; garnish will float to top.


Time For A Question!
I know that 4th of July has a lot to do with fireworks.  I love watching them.  When I was a kid I held my share of sparklers and participated in lighting fountains, twirlers and the sulfur-sodden snakes (love those!).  But now that I have children I dread the fireworks of the 4th.  I try to relax because we are being as safe as we can be, but I'm always on edge, thinking the worst.  What about you?  Do you let your children take part in lighting fireworks?  Or do you attend a big fireworks spectacle and bypass the whole situation?


Time For Some Support!



So I've entered this cookie contest you see, and I would love it if, and only if you really want to, I would love it if you would vote for my Oregon Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Cookie at the Better Homes and Gardens State Cookie Contest on Facebook. 

This is a different kind of experience for me, but I pushed through my nerves and I believe I've made a pretty darn delicious cookie!  (Give the recipe a try!)  If you feel comfortable with this, click here to vote for the Oregon Chocolate Chuck Hazelnut Cookie.  I thank you oh-so-much!


Have fun at our Virtual Girls Night Out! If you like, leave your blog link and we'll visit your blog and say, "Happy VGNO!"

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