How excited are you for 4th of July fireworks?!

The kids and I are headed down to Alabama for the 4th and I am so stoked! In Colorado, we’re always under a fire ban – we’re not even allowed to do sparklers! And then Fort Carson always schedules a big 4th of July fireworks show but it always gets postponed until September when fires are less of an issue. Colorado is a really weird place to live.

So every 4th of July, I buy the kids glow sticks and they run around the backyard like maniacs as soon as it gets dark.

But not this year! This year they’ll finally see fireworks!

I made some jello to celebrate! I know, jello on a food blog. I’m sorry.

But look! It’s red, white, and blue AND cut into cute little stars. If you’ve got a 4th picnic to go to, you should definitely consider making these. They’re so festive and really simple to make!

Red, White, and Blue Jello Stars

adapted from Our Best Bites

Ingredients

2 3-ounce packages red jello
2 3-ounce packages blue jello
2 packets unflavored gelatin
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Spray 4 small square containers nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Bring 5+ cups of water to a boil. Combine 1 c. boiling water with 1 package of Jello, stirring until dissolved. Place the dissolved Jello in one of the prepared containers. Repeat with the remaining packages of Jello. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferable overnight.
  3. When the Jello has set, bring another 1 1/2 cup of water to a boil. While the water is heating, sprinkle 2 packets of unflavored gelatin over 1/2 c. of cold water. Allow to stand for about 4 minutes. When the water has come to a boil, pour 1 1/2 cup boiling water over the dissolved gelatin and stir to combine. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Carefully cut the colored Jello into cubes and gently toss to combine in the 9×13-inch pan. Pour the cooled milk mixture over the colored Jello. Press down any jello cubes that are sticking too far out of the white mixture.
  5. Place the pan in the refrigerator and chill overnight. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to carefully cut stars out of the jello. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/06/24/red-white-blue-jello-stars/

 

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My kids are obsessed with marshmallows. Obsessed.

And they’re in the baking aisle of the grocery store so I can’t even buy flour without hearing “MOM! LOOK! NEW MARSHMALLOWS! PINK MARSHMALLOWS! MARSHMALLOWS SHAPED LIKE COWS! LOOK!”

You can imagine how thrilled they were with bars that are literally just marshmallows covered in white chocolate. You guys. They went nuts.

They’re pastel and I topped them with bunny sprinkles so they’re perfect for Easter! I’m not really a huge fan of marshmallows but I won’t lie, I’ve considered putting a square of marshmallow bark between some graham crackers and having a solo microwave s’mores party.

One year ago: Cinnamon Twists
Two years ago: Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake
Three years ago: Caramel-Filled Brownies
Four years ago: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Biscotti

Easter Marshmallow Bark

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) bag white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening
3 cups mini rainbow marshmallows
Easter or Spring sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x11-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Put white chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minutes and then give it a good stir. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until completely melted.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir to coat all the marshmallows. Work quickly or the marshmallows will start to melt!
  4. Pour the marshmallows into your prepared pan and use a rubber spatula to extend the marshmallows to all sides. Sprinkles on any sprinkles you want to use.
  5. Refrigerate until completely set, at least a couple hours. Cut into squares and bring to room temperature before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/04/16/easter-marshmallow-bark/

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I am in full-on Easter mode right now.

I wasn’t. Then this past weekend the Army post we live on had their Easter event and I mainly showed up because they promised an ice skating rink (and lied!) but after holding ALL THE CUTE BUNNIES at the petting zoo, I’m pretty excited to have the Easter Bunny visit us.

Plus, can we all agree that Easter has the best holiday candy? Cadbury eggs, Cadbury mini eggs, Cadbury white mini eggs…

Omg.

Anyway, this is the treat I was planning on sharing on Monday someone destroyed the bag of pretzels and the eggs. Better late than never though, right? I love these so much. They are basically white chocolate-covered pretzels with a Peeps chick on top – what’s not to love?

Two years ago: Cream-Filled Doughnut Muffins
Three years ago: Garlicky Crumb-Covered Broccoli

Peeps Nests

25 servings

Ingredients

1 24-ounce package white almond bark
1 10-ounce bag pretzel sticks
25 Peeps chicks
1 package egg-shaped candy

Instructions

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt white chips; stir until smooth. Set aside 1/2 cup for decorating.
  2. Add pretzel sticks to remaining chips; stir until coated. Scoop a small amount of mixture onto waxed paper; shape into a nest using two forks. Repeat, forming 25 nests. Dip bottom of Peep into reserved white chips; place in a nest. Add eggs to nests, securing with white chips. Repeat. Let stand until set.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/04/09/peeps-nests/

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Y’all. I have a real problem.

I got all my shopping done really early last month and now it just doesn’t feel right to be done. Like, I’m so used to doing my shopping around this time that I can’t control myself. Every time I go into a store I’m all “Mmm, maybe I should just get one more dog toy/Hot Wheels/Duck Dynasty shower puff.” It’s bad.

I’m currently trying to distract myself from clicking “confirm” on a ginormous Sephora shopping cart by baking every Christmas treat I’ve ever pinned.

I especially love cereal treats this time of year and I just couldn’t resist these. They’re like Rice Krispies Treats but made with Cornflakes! And they obviously taste better because they’re green.

Two years ago: Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbasa
Four years ago: SheeShee’s Christmas Mix

Holly Crackles

adapted from Mr Food

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 (10-ounce) bag mini marshmallows
1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups cornflakes cereal
red candies, for decorating

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter and marshmallows, stirring constantly.
  2. Once completely melted, remove from heat and add green food coloring (to desired color) and vanilla. Stir until the color is blended.
  3. Gently stir in cornflakes, making sure to coat the cereal.
  4. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper and decorate with red candies. Let stand at least 30 minutes before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/12/11/holly-crackles/

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It’s time for my final Halloween post! I hope you guys enjoyed the week and got some good ideas for spooky treats.

And sorry this post is much later than it usually is. Normally I prep posts at night and then type something up early in the morning but I was feeling especially lazy this morning and then I had to get my spray tan on because I was also especially lazy yesterday and skipped my usual spray tan time. And then I got sucked into the vortex that is Target. AND THEN I got home to a very bad husky. I’ve been locking her in the older boys’ room because she breaks out of her crate and destroys stuff and I figure there’s not really much she can destroy in there. Well, she pulled up a tiny bit of carpet. So yeah.

Anyway, I saved this treat for last because it was my favorite. It is chocolate covered pretzels on steroids! This batch didn’t last 2 hours in my house. It’s so good and so cute with the little eyeballs on top. And btw, I’ve seen the eyeballs at Target, Walmart, and Michaels this year. You should be able to find them just about anywhere.

If you’re a fan of chocolate covered pretzels, I definitely recommend making this. Soon.

One year ago: Bloody Hot Chocolate
Two years ago: Mummified Oreos
Four years ago Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Stew

Spooky Pretzel Bark

adapted from Cookies & Cups

Ingredients

1 bag mini pretzels
3 cups white chocolate
2 cups semi sweet chocolate
mini Oreos, M&Ms and spooky eyes ( all optional) for garnish

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer of pretzels.
  3. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave if you prefer) until smooth. Pour over pretzels - go slow so you don't disturb them. Use a rubber spatula to smooth it out and make sure all the pretzels are covered. Lay another single layer of pretzels on top of the white chocolate. Allow to firm up at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
  4. Melt the semi sweet chocolate in a clean double boiler (or microwave) until smooth. Pour over the second layer of pretzels - once again, go slowly or your pretzels will get messed up. Smooth it out with a rubber spatula.
  5. Decorate the top with mini Oreos, festive M&Ms, and spooky eyes.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/10/25/spooky-eyes-pretzel-bark/

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