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Labor Day weekend is really the last big holiday of the summer… the last hoorah and is a popular weekend for cookouts, weekend getaways and pool parties.

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The Labor Day holiday began in the 1880s as a way to honor workers for all of their efforts. In that spirit, encourage your guests to really relax by filling your outdoor area with hammocks, comfortable lounge chairs, lawn blankets and lots of pillows.

Like 4th of July, patriotic decorations dominate for Labor Day, but in addition to the stars and stripes, the slight chill in the air means you can also decorate in warm, earth tones and rich oranges, golds and yellows.

Tiki torches, twinkle lights and candles in hurricane lamps keep things bright if your party lasts into evening. And don’t forget the citronella candles to keep any flying critters away.

Party Theme

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Incorporate the colors of the flag. Ask everyone to wear red, white, and blue. Use the theme in your decorations as well by having American flags, stars and stripes, and the colors (red, white, and blue) displayed throughout the party props.

Labor Day Playlist

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“Spirit of America” — The Beach Boys
“Travelin’ Soldier’ — Dixie Chicks
“Star Spangled Banner” — Jimmy Hendrix
“R.O.C.K. in the USA” — John Mellencamp
“Independence Day” — Elliot Smith
“America” — Neil Diamond
“American Pie” — Don McLean
“Fireworks” — Louis Armstrong
“America the Beautiful” — Frank Sinatra
“4th of July” — Shooter Jennings
“Shed a Little Light” — James Taylor
“American Girl” — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“Light the Fuse”— John Mayall
“Stars and Stripes Forever” — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
“Yankee Doodle” — Broadway Quartet
“You’re a Grand Old Flag” — Mormon Tabernacle Choir
“God Bless America” — Celine Dion
“American Woman” — Lenny Kravitz
“Red, White and Blue” — Lynyrd Skynyrd
“The West Point March” — United States Army Band
“This Land Is Your Land” — Pete Seeger
“Born in the USA” — Bruce Springsteen
“God Bless the USA: Proud to be an American” — Lee Greenwood

This list of patriotic songs will get your party started and may even inspire a dance or two!

Crescent Mummy Dogs

Crescent Mummy Dogs

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Wrap up a hot dog in true mummy fashion in this fun kid-friendly take on classic Crescent Dogs.

Ingredients

1 can refrigerated crescent dough
10 large Hebrew National hot dogs
Cooking spray
Mustard or ketchup, if desired

1 Heat oven to 375°F.
2 If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles.
3 With knife or kitchen scissors, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 10 pieces, making a total of 40 pieces of dough.
4 Wrap 4 pieces of dough around each hot dog to look like “bandages,” stretching dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate “bandages” so hot dog shows through for “face.” On ungreased large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs; spray dough lightly with cooking spray.
5 Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and hot dogs are hot. With mustard, draw features on “face.”

Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle

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1 1/2 pounds raspberries (5 cups)
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 large orange)
10 ounces mascarpone cheese (1 1/3 cups)
1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Fine salt
20 to 24 ladyfingers (from a 7-ounce package), broken into 1-inch pieces
3/4 pound blueberries (2 1/2 cups)

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1
In a medium bowl, combine raspberries with 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and orange juice. With the back of a fork, lightly mash berries to release their juices and let sit 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together mascarpone and 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Whisk in cream, vanilla, and pinch of salt and whisk until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes.

STEP 2
Cut one or two pieces parchment 1 inch taller than side of an 8-inch springform pan and line inside of pan. Place half the ladyfingers in pan and top with half the raspberry mixture. With a small offset or rubber spatula, spread half the whipped cream over berries. Tap pan gently on counter to remove air bubbles. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers, raspberry mixture, and whipped cream.

STEP 3
Top with blueberries and refrigerate until whipped cream is stiff and cookies have softened, about 3 hours (or, tightly covered with plastic, up to 3 days). To serve, unmold trifle and peel away parchment.

Everyday Food, July/August 2011

Of course, hot dogs for the adults. Hey, I’d probably eat the Mummy Dogs! :)

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Food Prep List

Hebrew National All-Beef Franks
Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Franks
Hunt’s Ketchup
Gulden’s Mustard
PAM Grilling Spray
Cookies
Hot Dog Buns
Crescent Roll Dough
Watermelon
Lemonade

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Hebrew National tastes great because, for more than 100 years, we’ve adhered to the highest quality standards. Hebrew National Franks are made with premium cuts of 100% pure kosher beef, and contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no by-products, and no fillers. Premium taste and high quality every time, for any occasion. That’s our guarantee. Learn about even more reasons to love Hebrew National, and tell us why you love them, too! www.facebook.com/HebrewNational

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