My Favorite Recipes for the 4th of July

4th of July Recipe Favorites

The 4th of July isn't a holiday that we typically go all out for. It's a casual holiday where we enjoy some good food, some time together as a family and finish off the night watching fireworks. This year we have a little extra fun thrown in the mix because my mom brought back a few bags of fireworks from Missouri. Now we just need to make it through the night without getting caught while lighting them. Before that, we're going to enjoy some of … [Read more...]

4th of July Flag JELLO Fruit Dessert Recipe

4th of July Flag Fruit Dessert Recipe

About a week ago, my mom came back from Missouri from a river trip with my son. Along with them, they brought back two big bags of fireworks. I'm sure glad they did because I just didn't feel like making the out of state trip to get some myself. There was a time when you couldn't go more than a few miles without running into a fireworks stand but those days are long gone. Now you need a permit to get the good stuff, or have to go out of state. … [Read more...]

4th of July Sprite Drinks with Red White & Blue Kool-Aid Cubes

4th of July Drink Sprite and Red White and Blue KoolAid Ice Cubes

Since it has been rainy and well below average temperatures for summer I've been trying to come up with some ways to keep the kids from going bonkers. We've been stuck in the house and that pretty much leaves us with cartoons, board games and kitchen fun. I pulled out my perfect ice cube trays and a few packets of KoolAid. For this 4th of July themed drink you'll want to get red and blue KoolAid packets. Just make a jug of each as you normally … [Read more...]

Cherry Cheesecake Stars & Stripes Pancakes Recipe

Cherry Cheesecake Stars and Stripes Pancakes

*I was provided with a review and giveaway package. The Fourth of July is just about a week away! June seems to have flown by so quickly that I just realized the holiday is almost here. Every year our two favorite ways to celebrate the holiday is watching (and lighting) fireworks and creating fun red, white and blue themed recipes. On the 4th, the kids get an entire day full of colorful meals starting with breakfast. In the past I've we've made … [Read more...]

Red White & Blueberry Mason Jar Cheesecake Desserts

Red White and Blueberry Mason Jar Cheesecakes

*I was provided with a supply kit from Lucky Leaf When it comes to summer desserts, the only requirement I have is that it doesn't involve turning on the oven. I absolutely dread the thought of heating the house up anymore than it already is. So I start looking for ways to make sweet treats that can be refrigerated. Even better if I can make them ahead of time to enjoy later. That's exactly what makes these mason jar cheesecakes so … [Read more...]

Star Spangled Red White & Blue Pancakes for the 4th of July

star spangled red white and blue pancakes

This is the first year in the 12 years our family has been together that we didn't go and buy fireworks to set off for July 4th. Not even sparklers. As dry as our lawn is I imagine fireworks would be even more hazardous than usual. Even though we're not doing a big cook out or the fireworks, I still wanted to make this day special for the kids. After a good long walk this morning I got to work in the kitchen to whip up these Star Spangled Red, … [Read more...]

4th of July Red, White & Blue Pound Cake Dessert

4th of July Pound Cake

Of all the cakes I've ever baked, pound cake has never been one of them. My first introduction to this style of cake was the Sara Lee frozen pound cakes, which I find to be quite tasty. Until I tasted a real pound cake. Like made from scratch, warm and buttery fresh out of the oven. Boy was I missing out! And you are too if you've never bothered to bake one! Just in time for 4th of July celebrations, I decided to try out the Paula Deen Pound … [Read more...]

Patriotic Checkerboard Cake for the 4th of July

4th of july checkerboard cake

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a practice cake with my new Wilton Checkerboard Cake Pan Set. While it's meant to be used with two cake colors I decided to press my luck and go with three. After all, it just wouldn't be very patriotic of me not to include red, white and blue! Let me tell you though, red cake batter is not easy to make. I ended up using almost an entire container of concentrated gel … [Read more...]