How will your family celebrate Independence Day this July? The Triple Berry Bread is a great choice for family cookouts and gatherings. The bread is moist, filled with summertime berries, and literally melts in your mouth. The Wikki Stix created Patriotic decorations below make the perfect craft for a festive bread presentation on the 4th of July (or any Patriotic holiday)!
TRIPLE BERRY BREAD
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ c. milk
1 ¼ c. oil
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
½ c. each strawberries (cut and slightly mashed with a fork), blueberries, and raspberries.
There are two topping choices for this bread (both are equally delicious)!
½ c. flour
½ c. sugar
4 Tbls. Butter (softened and cut into pieces)
TURBINADO SUGAR and CINNAMON (pictured)
1 c. Turbinado Sugar
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set the dry mixture aside. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla, and oil together. Add the berries to the mixture. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly blended. Place the mixture into two well-greased and floured 9x5x3” loaf pans. Divide the streusel topping OR the cinnamon/sugar topping between the two unbaked loaves. Bake for 1 hour. Yield: 2 loaves. For smaller loaf pans, bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Wikki Stix Patriotic Flower and Flag Crafts for Kids
Wikki Stix Flag Toppers
Materials needed: 7 Red Wikki Stix, 6 White Wikki Stix, Blue Wikki Stix, scissors, and clear or white cupcake or appetizer picks.
Explain to the children that the 13 stripes on the American flag represent the original 13 colonies. The United States gained independence from Great Britain on July, 4, 1776. Independence Day is celebrated every July 4th in the United States.
Invite the children to create the flag decorations by placing all supplies out on a table or a tray. The children should alternate the red/white Wikki Stix to make a large rectangle. Cut the larger Wikki Stix rectangle into 3 smaller ones (this will create 3 flags). The children can create the blue area for the flags by cutting one blue Wikki Stix in half. Wrap one-half of the blue Wikki Stix around itself to form a spiral. The children can then mold the spiral shape into a square by flattening four separate sides. Attach the blue squares to the 3 Wikki Stix flags. The Wikki Stix flags will easily adhere to any pick for a festive Patriotic decoration!
Patriotic Flower Craft
Materials needed: Red Wikki Stix, White Wikki Stix, and Blue Wikki Stix.
The petals for the Patriotic flower are created from solid colors of Wikki Stix. To make the petal outlines: fold one strand Wikki Stix in half and pinch the bottom two ends together. Open the Wikki Stix strands to leave a hole in the center. Have the children trace the inside of the petal outline with additional Wikki Stix (see photo above). The children can create as many petals as desired for the flower crafts.
To create the flowers: attach the ends of the petals by pressing the leaves together at a center point. Additional “layers” of leaves can be made on top of the initial petals.
If desired, the children can use Wikki Stix balls or spirals for the flower’s center or create Wikki Stix stars to adorn their flower craft.