Posts tagged 4th of July

5 Cool Ideas for the 4th of July

Child drinking limeadeAs you’re getting ready your Fourth of July picnic fixins’ put your kids in charge of making one of these cool treats.

 

Watermelon limemade. Serve watermelon in cups instead of dishes with this sweet-tart drink combo.

 

5 Minute yogurt popsicles. Yogurt, fruit, freezer. That’s all you need for these icy treats.

 

Elvis ice pops. Frozen banana slices dipped in chocolate and then peanuts. Yeah, you won’t be able to eat just one of these.

 

Fruity animal mini popsicles. Pour your favorite fruit juice into animal molds.

Carved orange elephants. To dress up your picnic spread, have your kids make these animals out of oranges.

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Elvis pops

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5 Minute yogurt pops

 

Now who’s ready for the holiday?!

 

 

 

 

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4th of July eats

Do you need to make something last-minute for a barbecue or picnic tomorrow? I’ve got you covered: here are a few ideas perfect for picky eaters–and even more adventurous taste buds.

Watermelon limeade. Forget the lemonade and go green. I like to mix whatever other fruit I have on hand–whether it’s strawberries, raspberries, or watermelon to sweeten the limeade so I don’t have to use quite as much sugar.

Pink lemonade cupcakes. Speaking of lemonade, what about putting the pink lemonade concentrate into your cupcake batter instead of a pitcher like this idea from Putting It All on the Table?

Homemade sno cone syrups. Try this idea for DIY cherry and lemon-lime syrups to stir into crushed ice–or into your sno cone machine, if you’re lucky enough to have one like Casey Barber at Good.Food.Stories.

Blueberry salsa. Mix a burst of sweet fruit into pico de gallo for a tasty chip dip.

Strawberry frisee salad. Add some Thai flare (and strawberries) to make this colorful salad from Garlic Girl.

Perfect potato salad. Everyone has there favorite potato salad recipe, here’s mine. (The secret is to whisk the hard-boiled egg yolk into your sauce.)

Shrimp skewers. Break out the bamboo sticks for these skewers that you can put together quickly. At Cafe Johnsonia, she made her skewers on the stovetop, but you can throw yours onto the grill.

Portobello burgers. Looking for beefier flavor in your burgers? Then skip the meat counter and head right to the produce section. Brushing the portobello with olive oil as it cooks will help it get slightly crisped on the outside and tender on the inside.

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Try something new for the 4th of July

What about black bean burgers?

Independence Day, ah the perfect excuse to try something new on the grill or at the picnic. I wanted to pass along a few ideas. It really doesn’t take much to tweak basic recipes to give them just a little bit more pizzazz.

Add heat: Not from the grill but from chile peppers. Chop ‘em up to put in potato salads or add a few shakes of cayenne pepper to your burgers or kabobs.

Go for color: If you’re a regular reader you know I love my veggies in a rainbow of options–from yellow carrots to purple potatoes, peek around at the farmer’s market or your local grocers for something fun. Yellow tomato slices on burgers or orange cauliflower in the pasta salad.

Marinate your hotdogs. Check out this recipe from my blogger buddy, Casey at Good.Food.Stories. You score the hotdogs, then marinate before grilling. With the added flavor it won’t be just kids downing the hotdogs!

Make hamburger hotdogs. I found these at my local butchers but there’s no reason you couldn’t do these at home. I bought the “Black Angus beef–tastes like steak” variety and they were a hit. But you could mold ground round into the shape of a hotdog and grill it and offer it on hotdog or brat buns. Or, forget the meat altogether and try out black bean or salmon burgers.

Drink up. Add frozen fruit for ice cubes or pair different combinations–like watermelon limeade.

Stick to sweets. Make your goodies more mobile; try yogurt popsicles, fruitstickles. You could even make watermelon balls and serve them on popsicle sticks.

Your turn–are you trying anything different for your holiday celebrations this year?

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