Monday, July 2, 2012

Fourth of July Fun!

Missy, here. I though it would be fun to share some links to some patriotic recipes for the 4th. Years ago, I made an angel food cake (well, I bought it!) and sliced it, putting whipped cream and fruit between the layers: blueberries and strawberries. It was so pretty for the Fourth of July!

Here are Red, White and Blueberry Pops from Martha Stewart.

Here's another from Martha Stewart, Independence Icebox Cake (and the recipe looks pretty simple!)

For something savory... Nation's B-day Nachos (from Disney's FamilyFun)

And this is pure fun. Revolutionary Berries (from FamilyFun). :)

And who can resist a beautiful Summer Berry Trifle (from FamilyFun)

Have you ever done anything creative for the 4th?


  1. These all look yummy but I'm drooling over the trifle. Amazing how simple something festive can be, isn't it?

    I've never celebrated the 4th of July but we just had Canada day (July 1st) and we go overboard on the red and white theme. Next year I'll do that trifle and switch in raspberries instead of blueberries.

  2. Hey, that trifle is perfect! And the cake????

    Of course buy it and then layer it! I think both of these are joining our 4th of July Independence Day celebration. After I watch 1776, of course! ;)

    1. Ruthy, you are absolutely right! It is a great day to eat red, white and blue food (I think that the Canadians have it a little easier on this--their food is just red and white), and sing all the 1776 songs! Missy, there are some great ideas here, and it will be hard to pick just one to do--thanks for the inspiration!

    2. Adams:
      Is anybody there?
      Does anybody care?
      Does anybody see what I see?

      They want to me to quit; they say
      John, give up the fight
      Still to England I say
      Good night, forever, good night!
      For I have crossed the Rubicon
      Let the bridge be burned behind me
      Come what may, come what may

      John Adams has always been my favorite historical figure. I was a teenager when I read Those Who Love about John and Abigail and I fell in love with both of them and American History.

      oh yes, you asked about food. LOL

      We have a family traditions for the 4th that is a parfait glass filled with vanilla ice cream, blueberries and strawberries and then topped with multicolored sprinkles (Fireworks). Fun to eat while you watch the real fireworks.

      I've made that cake with the blueberries, cool whip and strawberries but it never looks quite that perfect. Tastes good though.

      I saw a recipe the other day that Virginia Munoz posted on FB. It was fruit skewers - blueberries, bananas, and strawberries. We decided marshmallows would substitute well for the bananas since they wouldn't turn brown.

      Happy 2nd of July all! Did you know John Adams predicted July 2nd was the day we would celebrate with fireworks? He had the right idea, just off by 2 days.

    3. Mary, you've got me wanting to go read up on history! :)

      What a great idea to do the parfait glasses! So easy, tasty and beautiful. A mini-trifle! :)

    4. Mary, I just ordered Those Who Love! :)

  3. Kav, would you believe I've never made a trifle? That's the one that really caught my eye, too. Yes, you could raspberries or even throw in bananas since they wouldn't add color. :) Happy Canada Day!

    Ruthy, I was planning to do that vanilla wafer cake, then realized I didn't buy strawberries yesterday! May have to make a run back to the store.

    Piper, you'll have to let us know if you make one! :)

  4. We have a July 4th birthday at our house, so it's always special!

    We do whatever my daughter wants - and she usually chooses well. So this year we're going to Jewel Cave (caves are great to go to on hot days - it's 56 degrees there), and then home to macaroni and cheese and steak. And birthday cake.

    No fireworks at all this year, though. The fire danger is just too much.

    1. Jan, our youngest grandson will be celebrating his first birthday this July fourth. So special.

  5. Missy, I usually do something that involves blueberries and strawberries/raspberries. Whether it's a cobbler or toppings on a cake, it's all about the red, white, and blue.

  6. the fanciest I ever got on the 4th was to make a cake(from a mix) add white frosting(from a can!) and make stripes with banana slices and strawberry slices and used grapes for the stars (didn't have blueberries at least not on my college budget!) only 3 people realized it was a flag (all women) the 8 guys had already scarfed it down so took our word for it!