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Okay, I am lame, but I am doing it anyways. Here is a picture of my unfinished “project” in attempts to wish you all the best Independence Day!!! Please don’t take this as me being un-patriotic or something. I love my country and feel so blessed that I have the privilege of living here. I just didn’t crack the whip enough on myself to get this done by tomorrow.
I have way to many marshmallows roasting on the fire if you know what I mean. Ever since my late teens, I have always had many projects going on at once. Generally, I have most always (what a contradiction) finished them. I really do have a projects list and am trying to do to many at once. All of them are so close to being done, but then I always come up with something else. Some of those are business oriented and I am letting those slip as well. I have decided to make a new list…duh…and prioritize which all my lists lack. Enough about my weaknesses…

We got invited to a 4th of July party by some of our friends in our new ward. We are bringing a side and of course I can’t go anywhere without brining a dessert as well. So I am going to overload you with some recipes. The first are my favorite side/appetizer. I first had these in 1997. I only remember because it was my cousin Taylor’s missionary farewell. My aunt Ellen had made a million of them. I have been making them ever since and they are alway a hit. If you are still scrambling for an idea for your own 4th of July party, you will not be disappointed with these little gems. PROMISE!
**Another recipe in the family cook book for all my family members who have it! Thanks Ellen!

Ranch Sausage Stars
1 lb. cooked and crumbled sausage
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups monterey jack cheese
1 cup ranch dressing
1 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 pkg. wonton wrappers
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350. Brown sausage and blot dry with paper towel. In a bowl, combine with cheese, olives, ranch, and peppers. Mix well. Lightly grease a muffing tin. Press one wrapper into each cup so it form into a cup. Then spray them lightly. *This will help in the browning process. Bake 5 minutes until light golden brown. Remove from tins and place on cookie sheet. Repeat making about 4 dozen cups. Fill with mixture and cook for another 5 minutes or until mixture is bubbly.

**You can make this ahead and just save the last step until you are ready to serve.

I am also making this recipe which Ian requested. The last time I made it totally botched it somehow so I am crossing my fingers this time.

**Side note. I forgot to tell you that I took Liam to his first movie at the theater…well first movie since he was first born. That’s when he would actually sleep in his baby carrier. My friend had a whole gaggle of people going, including her adorable girls who just love Liam. We saw Kung Foo Panda and Liam sat through 3/4 of it. So cute!

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    July 3, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    yummy! i love salsa, so i’ll be right over…after i go to tabb’s and eat her salsa!!!

    we took the little dude tuesday to see wall-e! he did really good too, which i wasn’t expecting…


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    Grandma Holly
    July 4, 2008 at 2:58 am

    I love the 4th of July art and the recipes. Glad Liam had a good time at the movies.

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    July 4, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I can’t read the recipes and I want to desperately. They font color doesn’t show up very well on the background. Maybe it’s just my eyes and everyone else can see them just fine!!!

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    Phillip & Deneigh
    July 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Okay so what you call your Ranch Star thingies are one of the things we served at our reception! The only difference is that we call them Sausage Wontons, and we use a tube of spicy sausage. We’ve been known to make just those for dinner! Yum! I just made them for our ward cookbook party! See, we were meant to be friends!!!

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    July 4, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    super cute! will you post the photos of it finished? i can’t wait to see it. i finished my first french-knot project (thanks to your inspiration) and i will post photos soon.

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    July 4, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Deneigh…it really is meant to be!!!
    And Kristie…most of them are gone already, but I take a picture of what’s left!

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    July 7, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Amy!!! We saw Kung-fu Panda and the entire time I laughed because the Panda’s personality reminded me of Ian! I hope all is well with you and your little famiy. We miss you so much.

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