4th of July Watermelon-Mint Coolers

Photo by Better Homes & Gardens©

Enjoy this refreshing beverage during your 4th of July picnic! (Photo by Better Homes & Gardens©)

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 lbs.seedless watermelon, chopped (5 cups)
  • 1/4 c. fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2c .fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon aromatic bitters
  • 4-5c. ginger ale, chilled
  • Mint sprigs

 

 

Directions

  1. In a blender container place watermelon; puree until smooth. In a small heatproof bowl, use a wooden spoon to mash mint leaves and 1/4 cup of the sugar; add 1/4 cup of the water. Microwave on high until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mint leaves to blender, leaving sugar in bowl. Blend until chopped.
  2. To bowl of sugar mixture add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Microwave until sugar dissolves into a syrup, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and chill.
  3. To serve, strain watermelon mixture into an ice-filled pitcher or jar. Stir in syrup, lime juice, and bitters. Divide watermelon mixture among ice-filled glasses; top with ginger ale. garnish with mint sprigs.

Nutrition Facts (Watermelon-Mint Coolers)

Per serving: 125 kcal cal.,0 g fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsatured fat), 0 mg chol., 12 mg sodium, 32 g carb., 1 g fiber, 29 g sugar,1 g pro.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

 

From the Test Kitchen

ALCOHOLIC VERSION:

Add 2 cups white rum with the mint before chilling for 8 hours. Add club soda or sparkling water in place of ginger ale.

Nutrition analysis per serving: 212 calories, 1 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 19 g total sugar, 11% Vitamin A, 21% Vitamin C, 28 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 4% iron

 

Hawaiian Burger from BH&G™

Recipe by Better Homes and Gardens

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2pounds lean ground beef
  • 1cup crumbled blue cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1cup finely chopped onion
  • 18 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • 12.8 ounce package cooked bacon pieces
  • teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1teaspoon garlic powder
  • slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • hamburger buns or plain bagel thins
  • Leaf lettuce (optional)
  • medium tomatoes, sliced (optional)
  • medium sweet onion, sliced (optional)

Directions

  1. In a very large bowl combine beef, blue cheese, onion, pineapple, ham, bacon pieces, pepper, and garlic powder; mix well. Shape meat mixture into eight 1-inch-thick patties.
  2. For a charcoal grill, place patties on the grill rack directly over medium coals. Grill, covered, for 12 to 14 minutes or until done (160 degrees F to 165 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. Top burgers with cheddar cheese. Continue to grill, covered, for 2 minutes more or until cheese is melted. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as directed.) Serve burgers on buns. If desired, top with lettuce, tomato, and onion.

 

Nutrition Facts (Hawaiian Burger)

Per serving: 596 kcal cal., 32 g fat (15 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 8 g monounsatured fat), 137 mg chol., 951 mg sodium, 27 g carb.,2 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 46 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

White House Trivia

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The White House is one of the most famous residence in the world.

  • There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
  • At various times in history, the White House has been known as the “President’s Palace,” the “President’s House,” and the “Executive Mansion.” President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
  • The White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d’oeuvres to more than 1,000.
  • The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.
  • In 1825, John Quincy Adams developed the first flower garden on the grounds and planted ornamental trees.
  • George Washington is the only president never to have slept in the White House.
  • Construction began in 1792, and the home first was occupied by John Adams and his wife, Abigail, in 1800.
  • Total cost of the original structure was $232,372.

    JACQUELINE LEE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS

    During the weeks before the inauguration, First Lady Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy began her plans to not only redecorate the family quarters of the White House but to historically restore the public rooms.

  • On Aug. 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops burned the White House in retaliation for an earlier burning of Canadian government buildings in York, Ontario, by the United States. James Monroe moved into the rebuilt White House in 1817.
  • The White House was the largest house in the United States until after the Civil War.
  • Running water was piped into the residence in 1833, a central heating system was installed in 1837, and electricity lit up the home beginning in 1891.
  • Today, the home’s square footage is about 55,000. It features six levels, eight staircases, three elevators, 28 fireplaces and 132 rooms, including 35 bathrooms.
  • The White House fence encloses 18 acres of land. The grounds and garden crew consist of 13 full-time staff members.
  • The nation’s Executive Mansion officially became known as the White House during the administration of Theodore Roosevelt, who directed that all government correspondence use the title.
  • It takes 570 gallons of white paint to cover the exterior.
  • Seventeen White House weddings have been documented. The first, in 1812, was for the sister of first lady Dolley Madison. The most recent, in 1994, was for the brother of first lady Hillary Clinton. Grover Cleveland became the only president married in the White House when he wed Frances Folsom in the Blue Room in 1886.
  • The present Oval Office was built as part of an expansion of executive offices in 1934.
  • A Secret Service report during World War II declared the White House a firetrap, prompting a massive four-year modernization during Harry Truman’s administration.
  • The property features a tennis court, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a beauty salon, a physician’s office, a florist’s shop, a swimming pool and a golf putting green. Dwight Eisenhower had the first putting green installed. Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, were avid bowlers. A jogging track was added around the driveway of the South grounds during Bill Clinton’s first term.
  • The White House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
  • First lady Jacqueline Kennedy led a campaign to revive the historic character of the White House and acquire authentic Early American furnishings. In 1962, she led a tour of the restored White House broadcast by the three major television networks at the time. More than 46 million Americans tuned in, a record TV audience, and Mrs. Kennedy was awarded an honorary Emmy for the broadcast.
  • The White House pays homage to past presidents, and each new one sits for an official portrait that is left to the mansion.
  • The Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington, obtained in 1800, is the mansion’s oldest furnishing.

  • In 1988, the American Association of Museums accredited the White House as a museum.
  • To see what the north façade of the White House looks like, look on the back of a $20 bill.

 

Presidential Firsts while in office…

  • President James Polk (1845-49) was the first President to have his photograph taken.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) was not only the first President to ride in an automobile, but also the first President to travel outside the country when he visited Panama
  • President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) was the first President to ride in an airplane.
  • Benjamin Harrison brought the first Christmas tree inside in 1889.

 

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Source: The White House Historical Association

 

PBS: A Capitol Fourth Coloring Page

The Public Broadcasting Service will broadcast live from the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) to celebrate America’s Independence.

4th of July coloring page

Click here for information on PBS: A Capitol Fourth