Independence Day celebrations wouldn't be complete without
scrumptious treats to enjoy. Here are some tasty concoctions the
kids will love to help prepare and eat.
Red, white and blueberry goodness in a fun little cupcake.
1 box strawberry cake mix
1/8 cup red food coloring
1 container prepared white frosting
Blueberries for garnish
Flag picks for garnish
Step 1: Make cupcakes Mix cake batter according to package
instructions, substituting 1/8 cup of red food coloring for
1/8 cup of the water. Bake into cupcakes. Cool to room
Step 2: Frost and decorate cupcakes Spread desired amount of
frosting onto each cupcake; decorate with blueberries and flag
Cook's note: For extra fun, we like to bake these in flag- and
star-decorated cupcake liners.
These fun treats are much lower in sugar than their store-bought
counterparts, but the kids won't miss it-neither will the
1 1/4 cup strawberry yogurt
3/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 1/4 cup blueberry yogurt
Step 1: Mix yogurt. Mix together the strawberry yogurt with ¼ cup
milk in a small pitcher; set aside. Mix together the vanilla yogurt
with ¼ cup milk in a small pitcher; set aside. Mix together the
blueberry yogurt with remaining ¼ cup milk in a small pitcher; set
Step 2: Assemble Rocket Pops Divide strawberry yogurt among six
plastic champagne flutes (about 6 ounces). Using a funnel will help
to keep the yogurt from getting on the sides of the glasses. Place
in the freezer until nearly firm. Divide the vanilla yogurt among
the champagne flutes. Cover with a piece of foil; wrap a rubber
band around to secure. Poke a wooden craft stick through the foil
in the center of each champagne flute; freeze as before. Finish
with a layer of blueberry yogurt and freeze until solid, about five
Step 3: Unmold and serve Remove rubber band and foil from each
champagne flute. Run hot water around the outside of each glass for
a few seconds; invert and gently pull to remove from mold.
Star-Spangled Fruit Kabobs
Cool and juicy fruit is even more fun to eat when paired with a
sweet dipping sauce.
1 cup whipping cream
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaves, minced
Milk, as needed
Watermelon cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices
Blueberries or blackberries
2 tsp. lemon juice
Sprigs of mint for garnish
Step 1: Make dipping sauce Beat whipping cream in a medium bowl
until stiff; set aside. Beat cream cheese in another medium bowl
until fluffy; beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and
juice and mint leaves. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese
mixture. Add milk, as needed, to reach desired thickness. Cover and
refrigerate until use.
Step 2: Make watermelon stars Cut watermelon into star shapes
using a star-shaped cookie cutter.
Step 3: Cut bananas Peel bananas; cut into 1 1½-inch thick
slices. Place in a non-reactive bowl of cool water with lemon
Step 4: Assemble kabobs Skewer fruit onto wooden picks in this
order: watermelon, banana, berries, until pick is full.
Step 5: Garnish and serve Place bowl of dipping sauce on a large
platter and arrange skewers. Garnish with sprigs of mint and
Besides her two favorite jobs of wife and mom, Michelle Ann
Anderson is also a freelance writer, and enjoys public speaking and
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