4th of July Resources: Part III

Happy Friday MABW readers! We hope you had a fantastic week, and are getting super excited for celebrating our Nation’s independence next week! To continue with our previous two installments we have some more great (but simple) recipes and ideas for planning and executing your Independence Day bash! These recipes would also be perfect for a summer birthday party 🙂

No Bake Cheesecake Trifles – This recipe from Hoosier Homemade looks decadent, but only requires 6 ingredients, and did we mention NO BAKING. Which is perfect since the 4th doesn’t fall on a weekend.

No Bake Cheesecake Trifle – Image & Recipe from Hoosier Homemade

Fourth of July Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles – Who doesn’t love popsicles in the summertime? The perfect refreshing treat for any summer afternoon, but with this color combo these popsicles are perfect for the 4th!

4th of July Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles – Image & Recipe from Daily Dish Recipes

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa – How beautiful is this salsa? Great with regular tortilla chips or cinnamon sugar pita chips, this salsa from Two Peas & Their Pod  won’t disappoint. 

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salad – Image & recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod

How does your family celebrate the 4th of July?

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4th of July Party Resources: Part II

Hey there fellow party and craft enthusiasts! Last week we shared some great resources to get your Fourth of July plans off the ground, so this week we wanted to start talking menus… and more importantly simple and fun desserts! So check out these red, white, and blue recipes that will impress guests without much effort.

Simple Cheesecake Tart – This five ingredient recipe comes from It’s Overflowing! How pretty and how simple. Who doesn’t love fresh berries and mini tarts? Prefer organic or vegan cheesecake? That’s a simple swap at the grocery store for organic or vegan substitutes!

5 Ingredient Cheesecake Tart – Image & Recipe from It’s Overflowing.

Fourth of July Fruit Kabobs – This recipe from The Frugal Girls is so simple, and the star marshmallows are just adorable! Spice it up (or should we say sweeten it up) by dipping your fruit in red, white and blue chocolate!

Image & recipe by The Frugal Girls.

Easy Fourth of July Fireworks Cookie Pops – How cute are these cookie pops? Cake pops are yesterday’s news, this year make some of these cookie pops using this recipe from The Decorated Cookie!

Easy Fourth of July Fireworks Cookie Pops – Image & recipe from the Decorated Cookie.

What is your favorite and simple recipe for the 4th?

4th of July Party Resources: Part I

Happy Friday to all you readers and bloggers out there! The 4th of July is drawing closer, so over the next few weeks we will be sharing resources, recipes, and crafts to help you get ready for the big celebration. Today we wanted to start with great resources: free printables and inspiration for planning and taking your Independence Day bash to the next level.

Independence Day Printables by Midwestern Girl – these are seriously adorable cupcake toppers, banners, and invites created by Maggie of Midwestern Girl!

Independence Day Printables – Image & Printables by Midwestern Girl.

Collection of 25 Printables from Dollar Store Craft – A great little resource for even more printables! How cute is this Independence Day art?

25 4th of July Printables – Art by eighteen 25; List by Dollar Store Craft.

4th of July Party Inspiration – This collection of photos from Hostess With The Mostess will get your creative juices flowing! We love the idea of red, white, and blue punch in a mason jar!

4th of July Party Photos – by Hostess With The Mostess.

Sweet Liberty Printables by Caramel Potatoes – Another set of fantastic printables, if you want to go with a “sweet liberty” theme!

Sweet Liberty Printables – Image & printables by Caramel Potatoes.

4th of July Party Inspiration by Tweedle Dee Designs – a super cute inspiration board that will help you think about everything from your outfit to the menu!

4th of July Inspiration Board – Board by Tweedle Dee Designs.

Have you started planning your 4th of July bash yet?

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Red, White, & Blue Strawberry Shortcake

In honor of Independence Day, we’ve got another adorable recipe to celebrate with! This Red, White, & Blue Strawberry Shortcake hails from All Recipes, but we’ve added a few twists, and suggested some ingredients we like to help you get ready for your 4th of July Celebrations.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix – we like Cherrybrook Kitchen’s Yellow Cake Mix with organic and natural ingredients. They have a gluten free version too—about $2.80 a box for regular mix, and $5 a box for GF mix!
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed – give Trader Joe’s House Whip a try for only $1.99!
  • 1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained – organic and local is best. Check your local farmers market if you have one!
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced – same as the blueberries, organic and local is your best bet!

Directions:

  1. Prepare the yellow cake according to package directions and bake in a 9×13 inch pan. Allow cake to cool completely.
  2. Once the cake has cooled, frost it with the whipped topping. Place blueberries in a square in the corner, and arrange sliced strawberries as stripes to make an American flag. Chill until serving.

Variations:

  • Some people have sliced the cake midways (to create two layers) and sandwiched additional whip, or strawberry glaze, blueberries, and strawberries in the middle layer. More fruit is always a good option. Simply double the amount of whip and fruit you buy!
  • Replace whip with LF or FF version for a lighter dessert.
  • Swap yellow cake for chocolate or strawberry cake mix!

What are your plans for the 4th?

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