Kendra Nash Sets Up An All-American Fourth Of July Bonfire

By: Kendra Nash

Nothing screams America like a classic beach bonfire. I love cooking over an open flame, sipping on a bourbon cocktail, and snuggling up with family and friends while we all anticipate a spectacular fireworks show. Here are some of my favorite all-American styles that go beyond the basic stars and stripes.

Floral Crown courtesy of Reverie by Rivera 

Get the party started with these festive flower crowns by Reverie by Rivera. All flowers are goregously grown locally on her huband’s family vineyard in Napa. 

Timber Roaster by Rustic Roasters 
Roast s'mores in style with these hand crafted timber roasters, each one an individual piece of art created in the Rocky Mountains from the highest quality materials. 

Cowhide Tray by Pigeon & Poodle 
Keep the rustic chic feel alive by serving up Fourth of July treats on this Cowhide tray by Pigeon & Poodle.  

Shagreen Backgammon Set by Aerin Lauder
I’m a little competitive, but with this drop dead gorgeous shagreen and burlwood backgammon set, I sometimes forget I'm playing. Thank you Aerin! 

Woolrich Rough Rider Blanket
Cuddle up and stay warm at the bonfire with all-American red plaid.

Stelton Glacier Wine Cooler

Keep the wine cool with this fabulous stoneware cooler.


And no bonfire would be complete without a fireside snack! This is one of my all-time favorites.

Applejack Caramel Apples​

Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Apple jack
1 T honey
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger 
1/8 t nutmeg
1 T butter
1/8 cup Applejack
4 Granny Smith apples 
2 T Apple jelly (optional)

Directions: Bring to a boil: sugar, apple jack, honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Reduce down by half, until it's thick and slowly bubbling. Take off the heat and carefully add the extra applejack (be very careful, it will splatter). Then add butter and apple jelly, and stir until combined. 

Peel and core the apples. Slice the apples into eighths and place into heavy aluminum foil. Leave a slight opening at the top of the foil. 

Pour 2 tablespoons of caramel into the center of the apples and place on hot coals. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Take off of heat, then drizzle with extra caramel sauce and serve. Yum!

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