I can’t believe we’re already a week into summer and I haven’t been to the beach once! Don’t worry, taking care of that problem next week. Stupid excited. Bought a doughnut float. And a new bikini. Maybe more than 1 new bikini.
I love summer.
Anyway, if you’re planning on throwing a 4th of July party or attending one, I’ve got a list that will make your life so much easier. Red, white, and blue everything! We’ve got desserts, snacks, drinks, and even some great grilling recipes. Those aren’t red, white, and blue. Don’t recommend eating anything blue that comes off the grill.
I’ll love it even more if I can ever decipher the local laws to see if we’re allowed sparklers. Because sparklers are MY FAVORITE THING EVER.
(Don’t tell me it’s too dry for fireworks here. All it does is rain.)
The 4th of July also means increased security on Fort Hood so I’ve said, “Really? You think I’m gonna bring bombs on post in a doorless Jeep?” three times in the last week.
I mean, I get it. We have to be careful. But a 30 year old (yeah, my birthday happened) mom with 3 dogs in her (doorless, windowless, topless) car shouldn’t set off the terrorist alarm every. single. time.
Yeah, I’m really hoping for some sparklers.
I think we’re going to have a very low key 4th, just us, at home. This past month has been insane – isn’t summer supposed to be stress free? So we’re probably just going to grill and try to catch the Fort Hood fireworks show from our backyard. (If there’s one – I am so out of the loop.)
I am really, really bad at themed food. I think you know this by now. But I can’t resist a red, white, and blue treat. These Mini Fruit Pizzas are just sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting, and fruit on top. But they’re so cute and really delicious!
Red, White, and Blue Jello Stars – the cutest treat for the 4th of July or Memorial Day! Only 4 ingredients and so easy!
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!
How to Make Red, White, and Blue Jello Stars
These Red, White, and Blue Jello Stars seriously cannot be easier.
They start with boxes of red and blue. You prepare those with just water and let them set overnight.
For the white, you mix sweetened condensed milk and plain, unflavored gelatin (it will be in the grocery store with the jello) and let that cool to room temperature. Once it’s cool, you cube up your red and blue jello and put it into the sweetened condensed milk mixture.
Let it set again and then you can use a star cookie cutter to cut them into cute little stars that are perfect for Memorial Day or your 4th of July cookout!
Red, White and Blue Sangria – white wine sangria with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and pineapple. It’s topped off with orange liqueur and lemon-lime soda. It’s refreshing and perfect for a barbecue!
Spray 4 small square containers nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the 4th of July just over a week away I wanted to share this quick & easy patriotic fruit bowl with you guys. It’s light and refreshing – and did I mention easy?!
All you need is watermelon, strawberries, and blueberries. You could add raspberries and blackberries if the seeds don’t annoy you as much as they annoy me. You also need a small star cookie cutter. Slice the watermelon about the thickness of your cookie cutter and then punch out little watermelon stars. Gently toss the watermelon with some blueberries and sliced strawberries, and then serve it in a white bowl.
It’s perfect for taking to a 4th celebration or just getting your kids to eat more fruit!