Host a Patriotic Block Party for Independence Day

 
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    A good way to get to know your neighbors this Fourth of July is to host a patriotic block party, and Hickory Farms has a few entertaining tips to get you started! If your neighborhood has a community gathering spot – like a clubhouse, pool, or ball field – make that your central location. If not, each family can pitch in offerings from their grills and turn it into a long, meandering block of camaraderie. Decorations Red, white and blue decorations are a necessity, of course! And fly those flags high for our country’s 238th birthday. The beauty of a festive block party is its individuality, so make sure to do your own creative thing. Activities A neighborhood parade can be the day’s highlight and involve everyone from tots and teens to proud veterans. Organize a small parade with decorated bikes, wagons, 4-wheelers and golf carts interspersed with walking groups and maybe even a few horn players and drummers! You probably don’t need a city permit, but a larger parade involving vehicles might, so be sure to check first. Kids enjoy sack races and a good game of horseshoes. You can even get adults involved with a pick-up softball game before the fireworks …
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Pack the Perfect Basket for a Fun Outdoor Meal

 
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      What could be better than sitting on some fresh-cut grass with a warm breeze and a delicious gourmet basket? For the finest in al fresco dining, spend a little time reconnecting with nature by gathering your friends and family for a lovely picnic. Grab your basket and pack up these four enticing dishes to create one memorable meal. The Appetizer Fight off hunger with a couple yummy Chicken Bites. These are easy to share with your friends and family. Start by cutting up pieces of boneless chicken breast into chunks. Then, give the chicken a little bath in buttermilk before tossing it in crushed crackers, like our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, mixed with a bit of flour, salt and pepper. Pan fry the chicken in hot oil and serve your cute little bites with a side of our Honey & Pineapple Mustard, or try our Chipotle Ranch Sauce. The Salad Since lettuce doesn’t tend to travel well, pasta-based salads are a great alternative for a picnic salad. Cook and drain your pasta as you sauté a variety of fresh seasonal veggies, such as garlic, onions, peppers, zucchini and squash. Add a dash of white wine and …
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Healthy No-Cook Camping Snacks

 
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        Hiking, swimming, sleeping under the stars and, of course, enjoying fantastic foods in the wilderness are just a handful of things that make camping trips one of the best experiences you can have during the summer. So, make sure you pack a couple tasty snacks that can enhance your camping excursion by gathering some gourmet fruits and nuts for these great recipe ideas. Trail Mix Bar Perhaps the best known camping snack, trail mix is simple to make, easy to store and packed with protein. For easier portability, form your trail mix into bars. Simply mix together rolled oats, peanut butter, brown sugar, a bit of salt and a handful of our Berry Bounty Nut Mix. Then, form the bars in a pan and refrigerate. Before leaving for your trip, slice the bars and wrap them in individual baggies. Stuffed Apples Apples and peanut butter are a classic combination. But, you can enjoy a fun twist by stuffing the peanut butter into the fruit. Starting with our Fuji apples, remove the core and seeds from the center. Then, add a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. Finally, finish your snack off with a sprinkle of chocolate chips …
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