The color for July is "RED" so it's not uncommon for red theme parties to take place in the month of July. Red party foods could be apples, red Jell-O, tomato dishes (tomato sauce), tomato soup, lasagna, strawberries, cherries, pomegranates, blood red oranges, ruby red grapefruit, watermelon, pizza topped with red bell peppers, red velvet cake, red beans, chili, beet salad & we can't leave out salsa!
"Ruby" is the birthstone for the month of July. A birthstone is a precious material that symbolizes the month of birth (in the Gregorian Calendar). There have been many different sets of birthstones used throughout history and in different cultures. In 1912, efforts to standardize them started. The birthstone seems to originate from Biblical times. Rubies are considered the king of gems and represent love, health, and wisdom. It was believed wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. The blood-red stone is said to symbolize strength, vitality, confidence, leadership, and courage. The red ruby is also associated with passion and love. A Ruby is one of the most valuable gemstones and its value increases based on its color and quality. The July Birthstone, the Ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, along with Emerald, Diamond and Sapphire.
Birthstones are also assigned to the days of the week according to the recipient's birth. They are as follows: Monday: Pearl, Tuesday: Garnet, Wednesday: Cat's Eye, Thursday: Emerald, Friday: Topaz, Saturday: Sapphire, Sunday: Ruby.
July’s flowers are called Larkspur, or the Water Lily. Water Lilies are plants that live in freshwater areas in temperate and tropical climates around the world. There are about 70 species of water lilies around the world. With its simple form, feelings of open heart and devoted attachment are attributed to these flowers.
“California Chicken Salad with Craisins®”
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 sandwiches
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries
1/4 cup chopped red, yellow, or orange bell peppers
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons sliced black olives
1/2 cup Ranch dressing (regular or light)
8 slices whole grain bread
4 large Romaine lettuce leaves
1 large avocado, peeled, cut into thin slices
In a large bowl, stir together all chicken salad ingredients; set aside. To assemble sandwiches: Place 1 large lettuce leaf on top of 1 slice bread. Top with about 1/ 4 of the avocado slices. Place about 1 cup salad on sandwich; top with 1 piece of bread. Secure sandwich with wooden picks. Refrigerate leftovers.
(Recipe taken from: www.oceanspray.com)
“Wrapped In Rubies”
6 oz. Smirnoff® Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka
6 oz. ruby red cranberry juice
Build in a glass over ice. Garnish with a half-wheel of orange or grapefruit.
(Please Drink Responsibly!)
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