Taking Draper James to France on July 4th

Retro Inspired Independence Day Shoot

It’s truly incredible how much our young country has been through after 241 years in existence. Much has impacted our current trajectory, and while most of it is our own doing, we would not be who we are without the support and loyalty of our allies. Through all of our growing pains the people and country of France have been there for us, from acknowledging our sovereignty and becoming a military ally in our fight for British independence, to gifting us our beautiful Lady Liberty over 100 years later. We would not be who were are if it were not for France.  I wanted to do a little something different than most blogger’s annual July 4th inspired outfit post, so I hope you enjoy this little French-inspired look on America’s birthday!

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4th of July Chicken Biscuit Bombers Recipe

Easy Southern Chicken Biscuit Bombers for July 4th

I don’t know about you but I always seem to have less time on my hands as Summer progresses! I seriously started thinking about my 4th of July plans and menu less than a week ago and now I’m scrambling to play catch-up before the weekend! Innovation is usually born of necessity and this recipe is no exception! This flavor-packed twist on the classic Southern Chicken Biscuit staple is sure to be a favorite with grown-ups as well as kids (and especially you Mamas and hostesses!) because it’s ridiculously easy to throw together! Grab the ingredients from the nearest Kroger or Walmart, give yourself about 30 minutes for prep + bake time, and you’re DONE!

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Pinewood Social & a DIY

Last week I checked off another Nashville bucket list item and visited Pinewood Social for some eats and bowling! Pinewood Social is the chillest, cutest place in Nashville for a casual date and some comfort food. The open floor plan, minimalistic decor and nod to 1950s era teenage-hangouts is obvious and enjoyable without being even a little trite. In-all, my husband and I had a great time and definitely plan to go back in lieu of movie-date nights — which can just get so boring after a while!

Pinewood Social & a DIY

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Red, White & Blue Chicken Salad Recipe

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays, so I always have a huge menu, decorate my house and plan my outfit weeks in advance. Having been blessed with a long family military history, and being a Kennedy, means the patriotic blood runs strong through my veins! It’s so bad I actually start tearing up literally any time I see an American flag! Anyway, one of my favorite Summer dishes to make is chicken salad, and since this will be on my July 4th menu, it gets a makeover with a patriotic name (plus, it actually is red, white and blue!).

Patriotic, Red, White & Blue Classic Chicken Salad Recipe

To make this chicken salad you will need:

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Best Gluten Free Peach Cobbler Recipe Ever

Earlier this week I was in Wal-Mart and realized it would be very un-American of me not to bake something traditional and sweet for the July 4th weekend to go along with our hotdogs, beer and fireworks! I immediately turned to Pinterest to search ‘peach cobbler’ recipes and was frustrated by the amount of sugar and cream cheese needed for such a simple dessert. Next, I searched ‘organic’, and then ‘gluten free’ peach cobbler and was even more disappointed. I needed a recipe that had ingredients available at Wal-Mart! I finally landed on Rachel Schultz’s blog and found her super simple peach cobbler recipe. With a few tweaks I came up with the recipe below. I wanted something simple, healthy (i.e. not too guilt inducing), and refreshing that still had that feel-good, Southern American deliciousness to it. My peach cobbler version has been approved by two, Alabama raised men (my husband and brother-in-law), so it’s safe to say it met everyone’s expectations!

gluten free peach cobbler recipe

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