Saturday, July 02, 2011

God Bless America

Scripture: 2 Samuel 10:12

New International Version (NIV)

12 Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.”

Craft: firecracker paintings


Tempera paint

Black construction paper

Paint brushes

Be your own Jackson Pollack!

Drop paint from paint brush onto black paper.

Game: pass the firecracker

Played just like hot potato, but its pass the “firecracker” instead


4th of July Brownies from Betty Crocker

1 box (1 lb 6.5 oz) Betty Crocker® Original Supreme brownie mix (with chocolate syrup pouch)

Water, vegetable oil (or bean puree, for a video of how to do this click HERE) and eggs (or powdered eggs)called for on brownie mix box

1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting

1 tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker® red decorating gel

1 tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker® blue decorating gel

1 tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker® white decorator icing

Betty Crocker® Decorating Decors stars

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray. Make and bake brownies as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan, using water, oil (or bean puree, for a video of how to do this click HERE) and eggs (or powdered eggs). Cool completely, about 1 hour.

2. Remove brownies from pan by lifting foil; peel foil from sides of brownies. Continue as desired with options below.

Flag Brownies: Frost brownies. Using red decorating gel, pipe stripes onto frosted brownie. Add decors in upper left corner of brownie. 24 brownies

Firecracker Brownies: Using 1-inch round cookie cutter, cut out brownie rounds. Stack 2 brownie rounds together, spreading frosting between rounds and on top. Garnish with decors. 48 brownies

Star Brownies: Using 2 1/2-inch star-shaped cookie cutter, cut brownies. Place frosting in resealable food-storage bag; cut off one bottom corner of bag. Pipe frosting on star-shaped brownies. Sprinkle with decors. 13 brownies

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