Sunday, June 21, 2020

As American As Peanut Butter Cookies

There are so many wonderful ideas for celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.  Just do a search in Pinterest, for example, and you will be amazed.  I am always seeking out new ways to bring a smile at the dinner table and I am astonished at how many styles, design tips and recipes are on my list to try for this summer jubilee.  

On the other hand, I also rely on my childhood upbringing and past celebrations to help me craft my own festive Fourth of July merrymaking too.  It is why my Americana tablescape, entitled, "As American As Peanut Butter Cookies", including my mother's recipe for homemade Peanut Butter Cookies has always embodied the Fourth of July holiday and is showcased in this blog article and in this week's Patriotic Blog Hop mentioned below.

In addition, some how apples became a part of the many symbols for this holiday for my family too.  I suppose it goes along with the saying, " It is American as Apple Pie."  This comfortable, homespun symbol is revealed in my use of apples in my Americana table decor and fruit kabobs.   But when it comes to the appropriate dessert for this important day, however, mom included her homemade peanut butter cookies. The recipe is included below.  There is something so homey and down-to-earth about her cookies.  Soft and so full of peanut taste.  Simple but yet so flavorful.  There is no need for a rich and complex dessert for this day.   All one needs is a couple of unpretentious peanut butter cookies with its familiar sweetness, slightly salty and fragrant flavor that is infused together to finish off a meal in a delicate, satisfying way.

Before we visit this Americana tablescape and the peanut butter cookie creation, let me also mention that a good way to find some creative patriotic suggestions is through the many unique designers participating in this week's Patriotic Tablescape Blog Hop.  Chloe Crabtree's hard work on her own blog, Celebrate and Decorate, and her hard work to organize this Patriotic Blog Hop centering around the Fourth of July holiday provides everyone the opportunity to collect more fun and celebratory ideas for their own events at home.  I hope you will enjoy browsing through the many blog links at the end of this article.

So let's begin.......




Flags, sparklers and faux firecrackers create the perfect, no-fuss details for the table.  Napkins and red bandanas make a simple and easy table runner.  The mixture of various patterns is all about an uncomplicated, effortless tablescape.




Galvanized steel chargers and a tiered centerpiece adds to the casualness and carefreeness of the day.










Some apple shaped watermelon kabobs are cool and refreshing and make a lovely red and blue statement on a stars and stripes plate.







Of course, there must be some candy snacks for the holiday.  These strawberry licorice whips wrapped in red, white and blue ribbon bundles are perfect for young and old alike.  




A little patriotic white chocolate bark makes for a fun, sweet snack.










And, of course, some soft, delicious peanut butter cookies.





Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies

1 C shortening or Butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
1 C peanut butter
2 eggs

Beat well and add:

2 1/2 C flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix until it forms a ball.  Pinch off and form into gum ball size.  Place on greased cookie sheet and back at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.






















Happy Fourth of July!

And now, be sure to visit beginning Tuesday, June 23, 2020 with the other designers participating in the Patriotic Tablescape Blog Hop and who have put their creative twist to this holiday:


26 comments:

  1. Such a pretty and festive tablescape!

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  2. Super cute and fun. Now I need to learn how to make white chocolate bark. That looks delish too.

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  3. Oh my this is so fun! I really love all the details. The tiered tray is so cute and all the treats you’ve created are wonderful! I want to be at this table for the 4th!

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  4. You will now have me craving peanut butter cookies for the next week!!! I may just have to bake some. I used to bake them a lot, but then my third child was allergic to nuts and I stopped baking them all together, but you have reminded me that he is grown and gone, no reason I can’t make them now!! I love the relaxed and comfortable look of your festive table, all ready for a fun family celebration!! Enjoy your 4th!!!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’™❤️

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  5. You have so many fun details! I love your treat bags and tiered tray centerpiece! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  6. WOW!! I don't know where to begin!!! Every treat looks so yummy. Your table looks amazing. I would love to be your guest. Have a safe July 4th holiday!

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  7. So festive and fun. Love the tiered tray. You always include delicious treats as well. The star plates are wonderful. Creative runner as well. A beautiful table to celebrate the 4th.

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  8. Ok, now I'm hungry! What a fun and festive tablescape! I love all your red, white and blue and the cute accessories. Have a Happy 4th of July!
    Shelley

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  9. Great Job! I love the centerpiece

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  10. Your mom's peanut butter cookies are the perfect Americana touch for your patriotic tablescape Marsha!! I love your tiered tray centerpiece starring on your red white and blue bandana table runner, so cute!! I am also crazy about your star plates and they look great on the galvanized chargers...have a wonderful 4th!
    Jenna

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  11. What a beautiful table! Both the cookies and the bark look delicious too. Pinned

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  12. Your cookies look delicious. All the treats make your table very festive.
    Love how you styled the tiered tray.

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  13. So many fun AND delicious things, where do I start? I love those plates and the combination of the galvanized tiered tray and chargers gives the vintage look which is always a winner for Independence Day for me! You know have me hungry for peanut butter cookies!! I would love to be a guest at your table!

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  14. You always present your tables with lovely backstories and delicious food! The galvanized tiered tray and chargers are the perfect complement to all of the fun details. If only I could have a couple of peanut butter cookies for an afternoon snack. It is always a pleasure to blog hop with you, Marsha!

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  15. This table is so pretty and festive! All of your sweet treats look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the peanut butter cookie recipe. I can’t wait to try it!

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  16. Love the galvanized steel chargers and your steel tiered centerpiece. What a bonus to get a cookie recipe too. Thanks for participating in the hop.

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  17. I always look forward to the goodies on your tables, Marsha, both tablescaping and food-wise! Hmmm.. where shall I begin? I love the rich colors of your use of red, white and blue. The galvanized tier tray makes me want to linger and enjoy all the littles you've placed there. I love the mix of gingham navy & white against the red paisley bandanas on the center. The plate service is perfectly appointed at each setting. And now, I think I must make some peanut butter cookies. I have worn out the cherry almond glazed muffins, but luckily they freeze well, and pop right out for individual servings. I love them! It's a real pleasure to hop with you. Thank you for sharing your talents, and happy summer!

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  18. Marsha, Your tables are always filled with delicious treats and now I'm craving peanut butter cookies. Love your adorable licorice tied-bundles, galvanized tiered tray and star plates! It's always a treat to blog hop with you! Happy Fourth ♥

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  19. Wonderful patriotic tablescape! I love the pairing of the square plate on the round charger.

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  20. Love the tiered tray! Looks so great! Glad to be hopping with you!

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  21. What a delightful tablescape, Marsha. I love the red bandana and blue and white gingham napkin table runner. The galvanized chargers and tiered tray go so well with your Americana theme. But I especially love all the treats! It was so clever how you tied the red licorice with patriotic ribbon. I’m definitely going to make your mom’s peanut butter cookie recipe. Yum! It was fun to hop with you again!

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  22. Just a fantastic table from the place settings to the centre piece, to the food. Well done.

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  23. What a festive table, Marsha! Your place settings and your tiered tray are wonderful! Those cookies look amazing. I can't wait to try them. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

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  24. Oh my goodness! I would love to come to your house, lol! The sweet treats and favors are so fun! This is such a festive and patriotic display. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  25. Your table setting is beautiful and I'm sure the cookies are delicious. Thank you for sharing this week with us at #HomeMattersParty

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  26. Your festive patriotic table looks beautiful...and tasty! Oh how I miss the days prior to food allergies, I can nearly taste your delicious PB cookies! I can still enjoy the fresh fruit at least! I love all of your homespun Americana touches, it just makes your table extra special and homey for the holiday. So fun hopping with you, and thank you also for sharing at TFT. Have a Happy Fourth of July!

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