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Show Me: Food, Fun and Family on the 4th!

July 4th is fast approaching and I still don’t have plans. Not because they’re aren’t any….it’s because we have so many to choose from! All I know is that it ALWAYS involves Family. If you haven’t figured it out yet we are ALL about FAMILY at Show Me Decorating! We wanted to share a few of our family’s favorite summer foods along with tips to get the table set just right for your festive 4th!

Favorite Meat: Brisket

The Brisket


Brisket (1/2 pound per person)

Claudes BBQ Sauce

Salt & Pepper



Foil & Large Pan


Trim some fat off the brisket but not all because it will help keep the juice in the meat and keep it from drying out.


Claudes BBQ Sauce, Beer, Salt, Pepper and chopped onion.

Cook Prep:

Using a large pan (throw away foil pans work great) line pan with foil leaving enough to cover the top of your meat. Mix seasoning in the bottom of the pan. Lay meat fattest side up (this allows the fat to dry out not your meat) and season the top of your meat. Wrap your brisket tight in the foil. Recover the entire brisket with foil. Place in over at 300 degrees and allow to cook for up at least 5 hours.


Trim remaining fat off brisket, cut and serve.

Favorite Sides

Potato Casserole, Fresh Salad

Kathy’s Potato Casserole


10-12 golden potatoes

Real butter

Sour cream

Grated cheese

Green onions & salt


Wash and cut potatoes into chunks.


Bring potatoes to boil and allow to cook throughly, Drain potatoes, add 2 stick of butter, 16 ounces of sour cream, 1 1/2 cups of grated cheese and chopped green onions. Mix all together and place in large casserole pan. Top with additional cheese. Re-heat at 350′ for about 20-30 minutes.

Katy’s Fresh Salad


Baby Spring salad mix

Red/yellow/orange pepper

Cherry tomatoes



Lemon pepper.


Dice peppers, celery and avocado, slice cherry tomatoes in half.


Using a large bowl, add salad mix, peppers, celery, avocado, tomatoes and lemon pepper. The juice from the tomatoes and flavor of the lemon pepper create enough flavor that you do not need dressing.

Favorite Desserts

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemonade Pie

Jennifer’s Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/2 cup real butter (soften)

1/2 cup Crisco

3/4 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla (real Mexican pure vanilla)

1 Egg

2 1/4 cup of Flour

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

2 cups of semi-sweet Nestle Toll House chocolate chips.


Cream butter, Crisco and sugars together. Mix vanilla and egg well. Slowly add flour, salt and baking soda. Add chocolate chips. Drop on cookie sheet in small scoops. Bake at 35o’ until lightly golden brown.

Angela’s Lemonade Pie


Graham crackers


Brown sugar

Half gallon of vanilla ice cream

Tub of cool whip

Large can of lemonade concentrate.


Crust: Crunch 1 1/2 sleeves of graham crackers, mix one stick of melted butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Combine graham crackers, butter and sugar. Pad crust into 9 x 13 pan or pie pans.

Pie: Mix ice cream, concentrate and fold in cool whip. Pour into crust and then freeze!

4th of July Table

July 4th Table

4th of July Table

Don’t forget about setting your serving table for the occasion. Just by sticking with red, white and blue and few 4th of July accent pieces you can create a simple but stylish serving area. My favorite thing was giving some height to the table with flags!

We hope that you try our families favorite summer time recipes. Please share yours with us on Facebook!

Happy 4th!

Katy Harrison Thomas

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Show Me America’s Birthday decorating!


She’s a grand old flag……nothing says FREEDOM like the American flag!

My front door is ready to welcome all who come by!

Decked out in red, white and blue.

Now here’s the step by step!

Step 1.Gathering supplies!

Step 2. Plain grapevine and ivy bush

3. Cut ivy and hot glue around the wreath

4.The 1st focal point the bow, wire to wreath

If you need to know how to tie a bow you can learn how with our Show Me app

5. Wire star garland is wrapped on (sparkly)

6.The America sign is one of the focal points

7. Add a flag and glue in place(3rd focal)

8. add the sparkly stars (wired on)


10. It

Happy Birthday America!!!!!!

Create, inspire, educate ….. to decorate!

Let us celebrate this special holiday and thank all of our brave men and women who serve to keep us free and safe!

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“Show Me” some 4th of July Celebrating!

Candle Jars in Red White and Blue!

The piano top is my favorite place to change out seasonally! I love patriotic goodies and have collected flags for years! I love using my clear glass candle jars but you could always use clear glass vases or containers to achieve the same effect.

Empty candle jars and supplies!

After a visit to my local Hobby Lobby (everything was on sale!) I gathered all my supplies to complete the display. The red, white and blue tea lights reminded me of firecrackers and I love the sparkly stars. I even dug in my valentine box to recycle my red bows and some of the clear red plastic balls.

My red candles are from Christmas (fun to repurpose) and the red bows add a finishing touch!

George Bush quote, a special keepsake!

It is hard to believe it has almost been 10 years since 9-11. Thank God for our military and the brave men and women that serve to keep us FREE and safe.

I love to add touches of the celebration around the house too!

Teddy bear all dressed to celebrate!

Abe Lincoln the father of Freedom!

Happy Birthday America, the land of the free and the home of the brave….. one nation under GOD!
Create … inspire….educate….to decorate! Let’s celebrate!
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