Memorial Day~ Star-Spangle Dip


Two 15-ounce cans refried beans

2 cups guacamole 

One 16-ounce container sour cream 

4 scallions, thinly sliced, light green and white parts only 

2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese 

1/4 cup chopped black olives 

1 cup crumbled Cotija cheese 

1 1/2 cups salsa 

Corn chips, for serving (I like Fritos scoops) 


  1. Evenly spread the refried beans on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Spread the guacamole over the beans and then spread the sour cream over the guacamole. Sprinkle with scallions and then the shredded cheese.
  2. To make the shape of a flag, arrange the black olives in the top left corner of the dish. Sprinkle with a dusting of cotija cheese. Spoon salsa in stripe formation on the rest of the dish. Sprinkle the remaining cotija cheese between the salsa to create white stripes. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with corn chips for dipping.

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Memorial Day Craft, DIY

little boy holding a boquet of flowers made from watercolors and coffee filters
red white and blue paper flowers on table


supplies for coffee filter flowers


  • Watercolor paint makes these super easy, but you could substitute food coloring if thatโ€™s what you have on hand.
  • You can use any color pipe cleaners you have on hand. We suggest patriotic colors like red, white, blue, silver, or gold.
  • have younger kids wear smocks or an oversized t-shirt, just in case!
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  1. Place one of the coffee filters onto the paper plate and flatten out.
  2. Paint the coffee filter with water color paint. Paint some solid red, some solid blue and others a combination of blue and red, leaving some areas unpainted.
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  1. Move the coffee filter to the towel and lay flat to dry. Repeat with the second coffee filter.
three painted coffee filters on paper towels
  1. Leaving the center of the filter in tact, cut the coffee filter in strips, working you way around the circle.
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  1. Cut a 1.5โ€ณ piece off of one end of a pipe cleaner and set aside.
  2. Take the longer piece of the pipe cleaner and poke it through the center of the coffee filter. There should be about 2โ€ณ of pipe cleaner poked through.
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  1. Turn the entire thing upside down and grasp the filter with your fingers.
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  1. Gather it around the pipe cleaner and secure it by wrapping the extra piece of stem that you cut off in an earlier step. Twist it around the part you are holding and turn the flower back upright.
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  1. Manipulate with your finger until strips are spread out and it looks the way you want it to.

This fun 4th of July craft is great for kids of all age levels. Make some today!

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Things that make you go…


Today is Memorial Day. It is a time when people all over the USA share their sentiments, respects, reverence for those that have been in our armed forces, stood on battle fields, and have given their own lives to insure our constitutional rights and so forth.

I for one, have had family members that have served in the armed forces so I am a respecter of those select individuals. I believe it takes a strong person to lay down his own life for someone they have never even met. I also believe that not every one is cut out to be one of those people.ย  My Uncle served for our country and he was even stationed over in Germany for a while. Our family never truly knew what it was that he did until his death. He designed bombs and was held to a secrecy of utmost importance. He was always someone I admired but not because of that, for I knew none of that when I was growing up, but rather for his personable self. I always laughed at his jokes and his big smile was captivating.ย  He was special to me then and since finding out about his sacrifices he personally made to protect our country, well, that makes him even more special.

You see it all the time on our televisions, references to the people who defend our liberties and rights. You hear sometimes of their tragedies as well as their bravery.ย  The news sometimes tells of the heroic actions of some while paying respects to those whose lives were ended in battle orย  certain tragedies. We hear of things from World War 1, and World War 2, and the bravery that followed all those bravery is something that we definitely can relate to the individuals that have served, are serving, and will be. There can be no doubt that those individuals are special.

In honor of todays holiday, I hope that you as well as I, remember the sacrifices these types of individuals give. It is also not only them but their families and all that love them. It is hard to pick up at the spur of any given time and just move, not to mention having the tremendous burden of worry for your loved one that serves our country. Those types of feelings and sacrifices are what helps to make our nation great. They deserve respect and honor.

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