Savory Sauce

We all know that firing up a grill is a great way to cook dinner this Fourth of July. However, how about the sauce that goes on the meat? This barbecue sauce will make your mouth water!


  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 4 garlic croves, minced garlic (can use more)

  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

  • 5 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 -2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (do not use the fine black pepper!)

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or adjust to taste)

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1⁄4 cup cider vinegar or 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1⁄3 cup prepared french's yellow mustard

  • 1⁄4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 teaspoons liquid smoke (for the very best flavor do not omit)


  1. Heat oil over medium heat; add in onion and saute for about 3 minutes, then add in garlic and saute for 2 minutes.

  2. Add in chili powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and black pepper; stir for 1 minute.

  3. Add in all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil stirring with a wooden spoon to combine.

  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered stirring occasionally for 1 hour over low heat (do not cover the pot or the texture and flavor will be affected, if you have a splatter screen then use it to cover the pot).

  5. Cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for 24 hours or more before using.

That's it! All that is left to do is enjoy! 


Fire Away

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...? Okay, so it's not quite Christmas yet. But, one of the most fun things to do on a brisk summer night is have a bonfire! 

You can roast marshmallows, cook hot dogs, and keep yourself warm! However, it is also important to remember to be safe. Always make sure that the fire is put out before leaving it for the night. 

Maybe you or a friend is telling their favorite ghost story around the campfire. Or, everyone is singing along to one of your favorite songs. Regardless, bonfires are a time to bond with others and have fun!

So this 4th of July, when you and the ones close to you are enjoying a bonfire, remember to say "I Hate White Rabbits," to make the smoke go away!


Best Firework Show in the USA

The Detroit Fireworks are great. If you haven't seen them before, you should put that down on your bucket list as something to do in Michigan. However, the most nationally recognized firework show is the one in New York City. This show is awesome because it actually takes place on the night of the 4th of July!

Being the 40th anniversary of the event, it appears that it will be a great show. With performances by stars such as Kenny Chesney and Meghan Trainor, to name a few, the crowd will be rocking!

The Life Chest wishes you a fantastic 4th of July and hopes wherever you spend the day it is a great time! 

If you are looking for a piece of elegance to add to your home, look no further! The Florence Life Chest is available now!

True Meaning Behind Red, White & Blue

3 colors that symbolize the United States of America: Red, White, and Blue. However, some people don't realize what the colors stand for. Today will be a history lesson as to what each color represents and why it was chosen.


  • Hardiness and valor. These are the two words that are attached to the color red in our nations flag. The USA's ability to fight through adversity and come out on top cannot be dismantled.


  • Purity and innocence. These words describe the freedom and natural ability of our country to inspire the world.


  • Vigilance, perseverance, and justice. Our country's uplifting attitude is a reflection on our systems of justice and negligence to give up.

The Life Chest takes pride in the history of the USA. In order to keep track of your history, check out our Life Chest Collections.

Activities 4 the 4th!


What kind of excitement do you have planned for the upcoming holiday? If you can't think of anything, we have some great options for you!

Tie Dye Shirts

- Gather your your Tie-Dye Kit 

- Fold your shirt and bundle it with rubber bands

- Dye each rubber band opening a different color

Play a Baseball Game

- Go up to a local baseball field with the people that mean the most to you and enjoy America's Pastime! 

- Make some hot dogs and handout peanuts too!

 Go Swimming

- This one is self explanatory! Find the closest lake or pool and take a dip!

Celebrate the USA's Birthday with your very own Patriot Life Chest!

Bye Bye Miss American Pie

Nothing screams America like a good, old-fashioned apple pie and a Patriot Life Chest! View the recipe below:


  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 large egg white

  • Additional sugar


  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugars, flour and spices; set aside. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat.

  2. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim pastry even with edge. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry.

  3. Beat egg white until foamy; brush over pastry. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.

  4. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake 20-25 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.


Fun in the Sun

One of the best parts about summer is the sunshine and blue skies! When the weather cooperates, The United States of America is the most beautiful country in the world! From the east coast Appalachians, to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, all the way to the Space Needle in Seattle, this astonishing country has views that will make your jaw drop. You can always store all artifacts from these amazing destinations in your Freedom Life Chest!

With Independence Day just over the horizon, it's a great time to make holiday plans! What better way to spend your weekend than on a beach with the sun shining down?!

In Michigan, there is an abundance of travel options! Such as:

Lexington Beach: Lexington, MI

lexington beach

Stony Creek Metro Park: Shelby Township, MI

stony creek

Ludington Beach: Ludington, MI

ludington beach

Caseville Beach: Caseville, MI


Wherever you may end up on the holiday weekend, The Life Chest Team hopes you and your family have a fantastic time!


Safe Play This Independence Day

With Fourth of July weekend coming up, one thing that commemorates the holiday is fireworks. While honoring the independence of our nation in such a fashion is fun, it's important that we are staying safe while lighting fireworks off. 

First off, children should never be allowed to light off fireworks, of any kind. It is dangerous and unsafe. Only adults who know how to properly light them should have them in their possession.

It is also important that you light fireworks one at a time and step back immediately once they are set.

On average, 230 people are admitted to an emergency room each day with firework related injuries around the Fourth of July holiday. Do what you can to avoid being an addition to this statistic.

Above all, remember to have fun! Just make sure you are doing it in a safe environment.

Here are some LOCAL firework shows for the coming weeks:


- New Baltimore

  • June 23, Waterfront Park, 10 PM

- Mount Clemens

  • June 24, Downtown Mt. Clemens @ Dusk

- Shelby Township

  • June 24, Stony Creek Metropark @ Dusk

- Utica

  • June 25, 7550 Auburn Rd, 9:45 PM

- Detroit

  • June 27, Hart Plaza @ Dusk

- Rochester

  • June 29, 1400 E. Hamlin Rd @ 10:06 PM

We hope your 4th of July festivities go as planned and are exciting! If you want to collect the memories that you make, a perfect place to store them is in a Life Chest!



Snack Options for Independence Day

While barbecuing is nice, it is not the only route of making food this holiday season.  Here are some great recipes for some snacks or meals for you and your family to enjoy!

Simple USA Nachos

- Blue corn tortilla chips topped with shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

- Mushrooms, squash, zucchini, a red bell pepper, grape tomatoes, and a red onion.

  • Throw these veggies on a wooden skewer and then onto the grill. Then, enjoy!

Grilled Veggies

Delicious Deviled Eggs

- 6 eggs, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Hot Sauce, Salt & Pepper

  • Mash 6 hard boiled eggs into a bowl.

  • Add 2 TBL Mayo, 1 TBL Mustard, 1 TSP Worcestershire Sauce, and a dash of Hot Sauce and Salt/Pepper

  • Mix it all together and scoop into egg whites

deviled eggs

Do you have a secret family recipe you want to keep in tact for generations to come? Keep it in a Life Chest! For more information, visit our collections!


Thank You to All of the Contest Entries!

We would like to thank all of the participants in our contest for the Detroit Tigers tickets! Hopefully your Father's Day was a great one! Congratulations to Courtney Cook whose story was randomly selected to win the contest!

Below are our favorite contest entries:

#1.  Courtney Cook

  • My dad has been there for me through everything. My senior year was hard on me because one of my best friends passed away and he was my rock behind it all. I found out at a Friday night football game and he was the one who hugged me while I had tears in my eyes in front of everyone.

Courtney Cook Family Picture

#2. Ben Berry 

  • For the past 30 years, my dad and I have golfed every summer. Not all the time, not even every month, but it happens whenever we get together. It's a time when nothing else is discussed, any feuds set aside, and the only thing that matters is he and I and the golf. It's a renewal of our relationship.

#3. Barbara Kracht

  • My father died in March 1988. He was a very hard working man who would do anything for his children. My love for the Tigers comes from him. We would listen together. I remember a picnic and he had brought a radio so we could listen to the game. I must have been about 10 or 11. The Tigers scored 3 home runs back to back. His enthusiasm was contagious. My dad taught me so much, but his love of the Tigers and Lions live on in me. By the way that game would have been the late 50s or early sixties.

#4. Tiffiny Shipp

  • My father, Rogers Shipp Jr was a wonderful Dad. He served in the US Army and taught me about honor and integrity. He always showed strength and self control. I always honor him by holding these values close to my heart. RIP Dad I love and miss you so much.

#5. Branden Taylor

  • Growing up in the Detroit area in the 70's, my dad took me to my first Tiger game at Tiger Stadium. Prior to this, I had no interest in baseball, I knew nothing about the game. My Dad talked me through everything that was going on. I took an instant liking to Alan Trammell, and he remains my favorite player of all time. We left our seats and went behind home plate where my dad proceeded to tell me what each pitch was. I was hooked for life! That was almost 40 years ago and my love for baseball has only grown! I am forever grateful to my dad for introducing me to such a beautiful game that has become such a large part of my life!

#6. Jamie Rock

  • My Daddy played ball in the Army, he had a .410 batting average. He tried out for the Milwaukee Braves..but with 2 children and a wife, he took another job offer with AC Champion spark plug..ball players back then earned very little.