Showing posts with label 4th of July. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 4th of July. Show all posts

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars / #SundaySupper

If you are still thinking about making some simple treats for your 4th of July celebration, these Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars are your answer! They are easy to put together and they take very little time! Plus they have a little "pop" to them. Pop rocks! Just a little something to put some sizzle in your celebration!

Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars
(printable recipes)

Red, White, Blue Candy Melts
Star Shaped Lollipop Mold
Pop Rocks
Candy Sticks
Red,White and Blue Sprinkles 

Melt the candy melts on the stove. Place each color in its own double boiler, and on low heat, stir the candy as it melts.
Place pop rocks into the stars in the mold. I made some without the pop rocks too.
Fill each mold with the candy melts, covering the pop rocks. Do this with all three of the colors. Use a toothpick to make sure that the points of the stars are filled, and that there are no air bubbles. Let molds completely dry. Refrigerate for quicker set up time.
Once the molds have completely set, remove the lollipops from the mold. Drizzle all three colors over the lollipops. Add the sprinkles to the lollipops while the drizzle is still wet.
Display the lollipops, or wrap in plastic bags as take-home treats.
Have a Happy 4th of July!

Thank you to Cindy from Cindy's Recipes and Writings for hosting this fun and patriotic event! Scroll down to check out all of the Easy to Make 4th of July Recipes from Sunday Supper members!

All-American Appetizers
America the Beautiful Beverages
Raise the Flag Breakfasts
For the Red, White and Blue Salads and Main Dishes
Oh Say Can You See Desserts
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Easy Cherry Pie Stars

To call this recipe Easy Cherry Pie Stars is really an understatement. If you have the ingredients on hand, this recipe will not take you 30 minutes, and most of that time is spent waiting for the stars to bake! This is a great little meal ender for a last minute get together, and it is wonderful for a large group because it is so easily put together! Of course, I think it's a natural for the 4th of July also!!
cherries, easy to make,pie, blueberries, confectioner's sugar, lemon
Easy Cherry Pie Stars

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Round~Up of Red, White and Blue Treats

This round up of Red, White and Blue Treats has a little bit of something for everyone! I love red, white and blue treats all year round, but they are especially fun to celebrate with during the summertime.  With Memorial Day coming up this week, and the Fourth of July, mid summer, I hope you will find something you can use to help you celebrate in style! Have Fun!

Friday, June 27, 2014

4th of July S'Mores

Looking to serve something special, but also a favorite that your guests already love? Then these 4th of July S'mores are perfect for your party menu! They are easy to put together because you make parts of the recipe beforehand, and the only thing to do before serving is to toast the marshmallow! Use a good quality chocolate for the ganache and a big star as the topper! Everyone will love these!

4th of July S'mores

Saturday, June 21, 2014

4th of July Pretzel Treats

 4th of July Pretzel Treats

I am visiting today over at Mindie's blog, Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo. Stop by and visit and get the recipe for these festive 4th of July Pretzel Treats!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes

It's 4th of July! One of my very favorite holidays. I hope you have something fun planned. These cupcakes are easy and quick and they will fit perfectly into your holiday menu! I had fun using the Twizzler red, white and blue licorice strings to decorate.  
Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes   
(adapted from BHG)

egg whites 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup butter or shortening, softened 
1 3/4 cups sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla  
1 1/3 cups buttermilk 

Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add egg whites 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spread batter into the cupcake liners

  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool thoroughly on racks.

6 oz warm water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
Red, white, and blue licorice strings

In a mixing bowl, place the warm water and the meringue powder.
Whisk for 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar. Whisk for 30 seconds more.
Pour all the confectioners sugar in the bowl at one time.
Mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Cover with towel to keep frosting fresh.

 Color 1/3 of the cake mix red, and 1/3 of the mix blue.
Add some white cake mix, some red mix, and......

 some blue.

Swirl the colors together.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool.

Make your frosting.
 Cut your licorice into small pieces.
Top each mini cupcake with frosting.
Top each cupcake with pieces of the licorice.
Enjoy and celebrate!

Happy 4th of July! 

We are partying here:
Fabulous Fridays! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to everyone!
 To finish off my "15 Days of Red, White and Blue" series I have one last holiday treat for you.

Red, White and Blue Popcorn! 
2 Bags of plain Popcorn
3/4 cup Sugar
1/6 cup Water
1 tablespoon Butter
Americolor Holiday Red
Americolor Royal Blue
Americolor White
Pop your popcorn.
I only had microwave popcorn and it worked fine.
Divide equally among 3 plastic bags.
Put your sugar, water, and butter in a saucepan
and bring to a boil.
Once it has boiled, divide the liquid among 
3 bowls.
Color the liquid in each bowl.
I just happened to have a white color, put if you don't
leaving it plain liquid will work just fine.
Add the colored liquid into the bags, one at a time.
If you have gloves, use them. You can also wrap
your hands with plastic wrap.
Using your hands move the popcorn around in the bag
coating the popcorn. You may be able to coat the 
popcorn by tossing it in the bag.
Do this to all three colors.
Lay out each color of popcorn on 
parchment paper to dry.
Separate the popcorn pieces from one another
so they do not clump together.
It will take about an hour for the popcorn to dry.
Mix all the popcorn together.
You can mix in M and M's, pretzels, nuts,
marshmallows, anything you want!

Thank you for joining me for my 
"15 Days of Red, White and Blue"!

Have a Happy 4th of July!
Stay Safe!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Red, White and Blue Thumbprints!

Well, it is Day 14 of our "15 Days of Red, White and Blue" series, and today we are posting one of my favorite cookies, thumbprints! I have been in love with this cookie since I was a little girl. There is something about the sweet, buttery flavor of this cookie! When I was growing up, there was a bakery not too far from my house. My brothers and sisters and my mom and I would walk down the hill to the bakery, and always, the woman behind the counter would give us a complimentary cookie! What fun! I would always have a difficult time deciding between the icing of my favorite cookie, a type of buttery thumbprint. Did I want yellow, green, or pink icing? It's was always a big decision. I really don't know why, because they all tasted the same! But it was a decision I took very seriously, and the bakery lady was always so sweet and patient. Now, I haven't been in that bakery in quite a few years, but I have been salivating over the memory of the cookies, and I am on a quest to find a recipe for them. This recipe for Red, White and Blue thumbprints is not exactly like my cherished bakery cookies, but these are close, and oh soooooo delicious!
Red, White and Blue Thumbprints
(from Ladies Home Journal 12/10)
Makes 5 1/2 dozen
2 2/3 cups all purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Antonia74 Icing
3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds of Confectioners Sugar
Americolor Holiday Red
Americolor Royal Blue

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream your butter and sugar together on medium high
until fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
On low speed, add in flour mixture.
Once mixed together, wrap your dough in plastic wrap
and chill it until firm. It should take 
about 1 1/2 hours.
Roll 1" balls of dough and place them about 1"
apart on your baking sheet.
Using your finger, make an indentation in the center of each one.
Bake for 15 minutes, until cooked through, but not golden.
Remove the cookies from your oven.
Re-indent each cookie if it needs it.
Then allow to cool.

Icing Instructions
In your mixer bowl, pour in the warm water and
the meringue powder. Mix by hand with a whisk until frothy,
about 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar and mix again for 30 seconds.
Pour all of the confectioners sugar into the bowl at once.
Using the paddle attachment on the lowest speed,
mix slowly for a full 10 minutes.
When done, transfer a little icing to 3 different bowls.
I like to use plastic bowls with lids.
The icing gets crusty and dry if it is uncovered for even a few minutes.
Color the icing in one bowl with the red coloring.
Also add water to get the correct consistency
You basically want 10 second icing here.
That means that you can take a spoon through the middle of the
icing and it will take 10 seconds for it to go back together again.
Do the same exact thing with your second bowl,
only use the blue coloring.
For the third bowl, just make the correct consistency.
No color is needed, of course.
I used a Wilton Tip #5 to fill in the indentations in the cookie.
Once the indentation is filled in, shake the cookie
side to side, just slightly to smooth the icing out.
Fill in the white the same way,
and the red also. Let dry.
Enjoy your cookies!

Thanks for joining me today!

Stop by tomorrow for Day 15
of "15 Days of Red, White and Blue"
Have a Happy 4th!

Red, White and Blue Party Centerpieces!

I don't think I have ever posted a craft on this blog. After all, we are all about cooking. It kinda says that in the title; The Freshman Cook. But today I wanted to post a tutorial on this centerpiece.  About 20 years ago, my mother in law turned 75, and my husband and I threw her a huge party. There were about 150 guests, and she had a wonderful time. For the tables, which were banquet tables, I made these centerpieces. They were a little different because the candles each had hurricane glasses around them and they were all done in metallic colors of blue, green and purple. After the party, anyone who wanted one took them home. The thing is, they were truly festive! So, I made some for the 4th of July because it deserves to be festive!
  Red, White and Blue Centerpieces
Red, White and Blue Curling Ribbon
E6000 Glue
Dollar Store Clear Candlestick
Dollar Store Candle Plate
Straight Pins with balls at the end
Styrofoam (cut into 1" squares)
I made 5 of these centerpieces for the 4th of July,
so I needed a lot of ribbon. To speed up the cutting, I 
wound the ribbon around a piece of cardboard about 30 times.
Then I cut the ribbon at the end of the cardboard on one end,
and then cut it at the other end.  I put the ribbon in
a bag with a bottom that stands up. I accessed my
ribbon from the bag easily.
To begin, glue the candlestick on to the bottom of 
the candle plate. Let dry.
Glue the pieces of styrofoam onto the top of the
candle plate, like the picture.
I curled the ribbon and attached it before curling anymore.
There is no wrong way to curl it. Some of mine was loose,
and some very tight.
Attach the curled ribbon by placing the pin in the center
of your curled ribbon, and then sticking the pin into the
styrofoam. I used the pins with the balls in the top
 because the ones without the balls rip through the ribbon
and don't hold it well. Attach ribbon in the front, 
the sides and the top. Don't attach the ribbon to the inside
of the styrofoam square. You need to leave room for 
the candle. 
Keep attaching ribbon to fill in each of the squares. 
There is no point of perfection with this project.
At the end, I went back and added ribbon where
I thought it might be a little low in puffiness.
Also, don't worry about the pins showing. They will 
get covered up by the ribbon.
See how the blue ribbon is long and the red ribbon is short.
It should look that way.
Continue until your foam is full of ribbon!
Add your candle.

There are lots of ways to make this centerpiece.
You could make it less full than I did.
You could also attach a 4th of July sign to it,
or maybe some flags.
The best thing about this design is that you can change it
to match any party decor.

Thanks for joining me on Day 13 of
"15 Days of Red, White and Blue"!

Have fun and Happy 4th!

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