Flag Day is an important celebration of our country's history. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This is the same date on which the United States Army celebrates the U.S. Army birthday. For many Americans, Flag Day goes beyond the celebration of the stars and stripes.
We won't go into the history of flag day here. History.com has a lot of great information, along with some interesting facts.
Our hearts are full when we see a man or woman in military uniform, and we smile and swell with gratitude and thank them for my freedom. We stand united, even in these troubling times, because we know who we are, where our blessings come from, and have a true knowledge that God blesses this country.
For the Potterton Hill team, the time between June 14th through July 10th is when we set up and display our patriotic theme, inside and out. What a better time to kick off the celebration other than Flag Day!
We had fun creating this tablescape as summer has unofficially come to Montana, which means more flowers and greens for the table. The fresh arrangement was created with red and white tulips, white peonies, and greens gathered from our walks in the woods.
This tablescape was created with fun finds from a variety of sources—some old, some new.
"When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation— freedom, equality, justice, and hope." ~Ronald Reagan
The napkins, both red and striped, are Park Designs. The dishes are Miracle Home Collections, and we found those at Home Goods. We have three different plate sizes, and almost always use the small and medium sizes for portion control.
The tablecloth is Ralph Lauren, and we found it on eBay.
"A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth." ~Henry Ward Beecher
This darling Boyd's Bears figurine has been passed down a couple of generations, and made for a nice addition to the table.
This skillet pot pie is great for any time of the year. It's moist, rich in flavor, and boasts a flaky crust. Our recipe below is for a double-crust pie. However, if you prefer one crust (top only), you can prepare everything in one skillet. Because we use a double crust, we use a separate skillet to make the filling.
We've made this with a thick crust and thin crust. We've also made it with chicken and turkey. We like both.
We finished off the meal with a choice of desserts. We used the filling from the apple pie recipe from Natasha's Kitchen. However, we used our crust (same as for the skillet pie), and we added 1/2 a tsp of allspice to the filling. We like the extra punch of flavor this added.
We love to experiment in the kitchen, but we also like the classics. These are two of our favorite tried-and-true, crowd-pleasing desserts, and they're easy to make.
We make the crust a little thicker for the apple pie than we do for the skillet pot pie. We also use a lattice-style top crust, but a full crust with cutouts is a nice alternative if making the pie for a specific holiday.
There is so much flavor in every bite. A small slice is appetizing, and the pie freezes well.
The cupcakes are a festive treat of chocolatey goodness with lots of flavor.
The chocolate cupcakes are a recipe from Hershey's. We've tried a lot of chocolate cake recipes, including a few of our own, and while we like many of them, the Hershey's recipe is still one of our favorite, and easy to whip up.
For the topping, we dusted first with powdered sugar using a small strainer. We then added red sprinkles. The coconut was made using royal blue icing gel. After coloring the coconut, we baked the coconut flakes at 350°F for 10 minutes.
We hope you will try some of these recipes and let us know how you like them. Enjoy!