Friday, June 18, 2010

♥ 4th of July Party Bucket and Card ♥ {And a Pizza Recipe!}

♥Warning: Photo Heavy Post!:)♥
Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week so far! TGIF! Summer is almost officially here! And so is the 4th of July! This week's challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room is to make a card/project that is all about Summer Fun!

When I think of summer one of the first things that comes to mind is the 4th of July, fireworks, red, white and blue and BBQ's! So I decided to incorporate all that into a fun party bucket that holds plates, cups, eating utensils, napkins and some firecracker candles that is perfect for that festive BBQ on the 4th! I have also made a matching card using this week's 2 Sketches 4 You sketch.I used some fab papers and tags by We R Memory Keepers from their Old Glory line, some October Afternoon Recess paper, star picks, wooden USA, glitter, hemp cord, ribbons, flag and a banner I made from cardstock and the above pp's. The white tin is from Target's Dollar bin that I picked up for 2 bucks. {I will show you a fun storage idea for your Craft Room Wall next week, using these fun and inexpensive tins!}Here is the 2S4Y Sketch:And finally, yesterday my son and I decided to make some pizza. My husband's family own Italian restaurants and a pizzeria but I still like to make my own "Old World" pizza every once in awhile. Pizza that you find in Italy is nothing like the pizza here in the US. It is more rustic. Antonio had fun "playing" with the dough!Here is my easy "Old World" pizza recipe:

Mix 4 cups Bread flour, i cup at a time with 1 1/2 tsp. of Fast
Acting yeast and 1 1/2 tsp. of salt. Then add 1 1/2 cups of cold
Water. Knead dough for about 5-7 minutes until it is too hard to
stir by hand anymore. Form into 4 balls and place in a large
deep baking dish and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Keep out
on kitchen counter for about 2 hours to rise. Then place in fridge
for 12 hours. Remove, knead for another 5 minutes, form a 10"
round or square pizza, add fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes
{seeded}, fresh basil, fresh garlic and drizzle with Extra Virgin
Olive Oil. Place on pre-heated Pizza Stone at 425 degrees. Cook
until golden brown. {You can purchase a Pizza Stone at Bed, Bath
and Beyond for about $15-$20.} This can also be cooked on the grill
with yummy summer veggies like eggplant and peppers! Buon Appetito!I hope you all have a great weekend and a Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! We will be BBQ'ing all weekend and celebrating!



Penni said...

Super bucket and great card. Love your little chef the best though.


Lisa said...

Your two projects are absolutely fabulous! What could be more summery than the Fourth of July? Your bucket looks like a ton of summer fun! Thanks for playing along in the Tea Room!

Danni said...

Wow!! How amazing!! Great projects!

Debbie said...

Oh my shabby goodness ... absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! The bucket of fun is fabulous and your card is beautiful! You are one super talented lady -- shall I forward my mailing address so you know where to send this bucket of loveliness??!!?? Outstanding work this week and so glad you shared your talents once again with us, Melissa, in the Tea Room :)

Unknown said...

What a lovely post and such a creative bucket yr so cleaver (This is why I follow you ha ha)and yr son is so cute. That really is a bucket of FUN though so cool

Love Dawn xx

Tkat said...

wonderful projects! they looks fabulous! and the pizza looks delicious as well -- i bet that little man had a blast!!! :)

somethingcraftybydottie said...

Beautiful bucket and matching card love the recipe I would love to add it to my blog if you don't mind.
Hope you have a wonderful sunny weekend
~ God Bless~

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2amscrapper said...

what fun--love the bucket and card

Barb Craft said...

I love these 4th of July ideas... I may just have to throw a party now!!
barb :)

Nicole said...

Beautiful card and bucket! Love red/white/blue - so patriotic and summery. Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Rufus said...

Love your 4th of July items! The card and bucket are both marvelous. But the thing that stole my heart was your little chef!

Tracy said...

I love your bucket filled with all the red, white and blue. I may make one of these, but with just the Red and White, teehee.
So nice that the little ones love to cook. Now that my girls are teens they don't want to cook.

Gwendoline said...

It will be nice to be with you and your family for this 4th of July !!

This bucket is so organised ! Nothing is missing !

Have a great day on this date !

Audrey Pettit said...

This is absolutely fabulous, Melissa! Your picnic set and matching card are out of this world! So perfect for the 4th and for a party. And so perfect for our summer challenge at the Tea Room. Thanks for playing along with us!

Laura Davis said...

What a great post! I LOVE it all, your card is adorable :)
Thanks for playing at 2S4Y!

April D said...

Can't wait to see your storage idea with those buckets!

Cheri W said...

Great display, Melissa! Love those firecrackers!! And Antonio still hasn't lost those adorable dimples.

Melissa said...

This is so cute! I love the pieces that go on the actual bucket. Very beautiful and festive. Also, the declaration page is such a cute idea. You did such an amazing job!!!

all the days of our life said...

Both projects are fabulous. but your son making the pizza is priceless. I just love those photos.

Karin said...

Hi Melissa! What an awesome project for the summer and that card is fabulous! Thanks for visiting the DRS Designs blog!

shari said...

I love the tin you decorated. It is soooo.. festive. Great job. Shari (cricutrookie)

365 Days of Cricut said...

I like that 4th of July bucket great idea! Maybe I will make some for Christmas!

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