Features & Fun Friday #15 ~ Top 5 Flag Desserts + Fourth of July Recipes

Happy Friday, everyone! Each end-of-the-month, I highlight five fun features as well as share a sneak peek of life at Five Heart Home. So to start, how ’bout a little red, white, & blue?

{Top 5 Round-Up ~ Flag Desserts for the 4th of July}

Best Flag Desserts (Cakes and Cupcakes) to Celebrate the Fourth of July | FiveHeartHome.com

1. Flag Cake (from Scratch) >>> photo & recipe by The Brown Eyed Baker
2. Wave the Flag Cupcakes >>> photo & recipe by U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
3. 4th of July Flag Cake >>> photo & recipe by Glorious Treats
4. Cupcake Flag with Berries & Coconut >>> photo & recipe by Good Housekeeping
5. Red, White, & Blueberry Ice Cream Flag Cake >>> photo & recipe by The Cake Blog for Hostess with the Mostess

Are those desserts not gorgeous?! I think any of them would be just perfect for celebrating Independence Day, Memorial Day, or any ol’ patriotic occasion.

(Feel free to pin the round-up collage above, but to grab or pin the recipes, please be sure to click through to the original sources…thanks!)

In case you’re still on the hunt for more Fourth of July-friendly fare, I pulled a few recipes from the Five Heart Home archives that would be perfect for any picnic or BBQ… πŸ˜‰

Bacon-Wrapped Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs
Bacon-Wrapped Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs ~ perfect for summer grilling or July 4th | FiveHeartHome.com

Red, White, & Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette
Red, White and Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette ~ a fruity summertime salad to celebrate the Fourth of July | FiveHeartHome.com

Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad with Avocado
Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad with Avocado, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and Fresh Dill | FiveHeartHome.com

The Easiest, Tastiest, BEST Way to Cook Fresh Corn
The Easiest, Tastiest, BEST Way to Cook Fresh Corn on the Cob: Oven Roasting! Simply wash & cook...once done, husks and silk peel away with no mess! | FiveHeartHome.com

German Potato Salad
German Potato Salad ~ a perfect side dish for a summertime dinner from the grill, picnic, or holiday potluck | FiveHeartHome.com

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Corn
Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

White Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip
White Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip ~ quick to make and quicker to disappear, this will become your new favorite fruit dip! | FiveHeartHome.com

Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet
Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet ~ four simple ingredients combine in this sweet and creamy frozen treat | FiveHeartHome.com

Β Homemade Blackberry Cobbler
Homemade Blackberry Cobbler ~ delicious served warm out of the oven with vanilla ice cream! | FiveHeartHome.com

Minty Peach Lemonade
Minty Peach Lemonade ~ homemade lemonade meets mint simple syrup and peach puree in this refreshing summertime drink | FiveHeartHome.com

Razz, White, & Blueberry Smoothies
Razz, White, & Blueberry Smoothie ~ perfect for the Fourth of July! | {Five Heart Home}

And if you happen to need some quick decor to spruce up your buffet table, here’s a free printable to help you out…

America the Beautiful ~ Subway Art Free Printable
America the Beautiful Subway Art ~ Free Printable! | {Five Heart Home}

{Behind the Scenes at 5HH}

Since joining Instagram several months back (who else loves Instagram as much as I do?!), I’ve discovered that it’s easiest to give y’all a little recap of the past month around here using a handful of my IG pics…so here goes!

My very favorite part of the last day of school? The night before, when I pack my last (albeit highly unoriginal) lunchbox for the foreseeable future. Can I hear a hallelujah?

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(Until, of course, this past week, when I had to send a daily lunch with my boys to day camp. Let’s just say that having a month off from lunch-packing duties has not dulled how much I loathe this chore. πŸ˜› )

And here were my big boys on their last days of school! I was feeling a bit nostalgic about how time has flown with my eldest, so I did a side-by-side of his first day of preschool (as a 2 1/2-year-old) and his last day of first grade…you know, to torture myself more (*sniff, sniff*).

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And here is the darling middle child on his first and last day of preschool this school year. Spiffy new glasses aside, I just can’t get over how he lost the last bit of baby-ness to his features since last September (*sniff again*).

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Some days of summer vacation have brought exciting excursions, like trips to the zoo, complete with tiger ogling and train rides.

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And other days, there’s a whole lot of this going on.

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My hubby and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this past month with a nice dinner out. Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a family pic while actually dressed in something other than yoga pants…even though the kids were already in various stages of bedtime readiness and PJs.

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What the above pic doesn’t show is the crazy weather that encompassed our house a mere two hours later. Just as we ordered dessert at our fancy dinner downtown, my mom (AKA babysitter) called my cell phone to let us know that there was a tornado warning and what should she do? I had to have her wake up the sleeping children and shelter in the downstairs bathroom while we waited for the storm to pass to make our way home. Crazy wind and thunder, freaking-out kids, electricity going off and on…fun times! Needless to say, my mom was a trouper and the anniversary couple didn’t exactly get to enjoy our chocolate souffle that evening. But on the bright side, once the storm passed and the tornado warning lifted, my 6-year-old was elated to get to watch the end of the Spurs game. What tornado?

This busy little bee officially turned 1 3/4 this month! She is such a light in our lives.

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She is also a zucchini pilferer

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…and a beggar of chocolate. But I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Oh, and one last thing before you go…I’ve joined up with a group of fabulous bloggers to help Melanie from Carmel Moments celebrate her first blogiversary! So if you haven’t yet, HOP OVER AND ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE $200 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!!!

$200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway to celebrate the first blogiversary of Carmel Moments!Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today, friends! I’m always happy to have you stop by, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. πŸ™‚

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  1. What a great line up Samantha.
    These recipes look awesome. Love the German potato salad. Looks yummy!
    What a beautiful family you have!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Melanie…thank you! Hope your week is off to a great start… πŸ™‚

  2. Such amazing recipes…can’t wait to pin them all!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Kristen…I really appreciate that! Hope you have a wonderful 4th with your family! πŸ™‚

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