Happy Fourth of July

by Joanna

Happy Fourth of July (a day early) everyone!  Do you have plans for the day?  It's going to be a warm one, so if you plan to be outside be sure to drink plenty of water! I’m hoping to get out and enjoy the sunshine at a local pool and then watch the fireworks.  If you don't have your firework displays planned out yet, here are the details for our area:

Altoona July 4th Celebration

July 3, 2017 at 5 pm

Cinder City Park
2300 Spooner Ave.

The celebration includes several races; food trucks and concessions; tournaments for softball, bean bags, cribbage and kubb; kids games and live music.  Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.

Eau Claire July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m.

Carson Park
702 Carson Park Dr.

The celebration includes American Legion and Eau Claire Express baseball games, Chippewa Valley Museum Fourth of July Family Fun Fair, Music from the WAXX Boom Box and M3 Entertainment, Stanley Cowboys Football Game, and  “Fireworks Extravaganza” sponsored by Festival Foods.  Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.


If you looking for the perfect quick snack to take to a gathering or pack in a picnic lunch, I'd suggest you try this Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bark from Kim's Cravings blog.  It's amazing...and amazingly simple to make!


  • 1 17.6 ounce container 2% plain Greek yogurt (about 2 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granola I used a crunchy variety
  • 1/4 cup Blue Diamond Almonds coarsely chopped (I used toasted coconut)
  • 1/4 cup small blueberries*
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips optional
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Mix yogurt, honey or maple syrup and vanilla in the yogurt container until smooth. Pour into the center of prepared sheet and spread to 1/4" thick. Don't worry about spreading this perfectly to all edges of the sheet. Top with granola, almonds, berries and chocolate chips. Very gently press toppings into yogurt. Freeze until completely firm, about 4 hours. Break into pieces to serve.
  2. Yogurt bark can be made 2 months ahead of time. Freeze in a resealable container.

Have a happy and safe holiday everyone!


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