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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Quick and Easy 4th of July Trail Mix

We are excited about the 4th of July next week here at The Freshman Cook!  It has always been one of my favorite summer holidays. I love the cooking out, the swimming, the time spent with family and friends, and of course the fireworks! 

Every year I like to change up some of the food and snacks we serve, and this year I added a quick and easy 4th of July Trail Mix as a little bowl of something to munch on as we watch the fireworks over the city! 

This trail mix is actually a copy of my favorite trail mix I used to buy at the store, but it has been discontinued. So I tried my best to duplicate it. It was easy to get the ingredients, and I calculated the ingredient amount a few times and then decided on what you see here.

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe.  I also included some plastic cups with lids for those of you who would prefer your trail mix in containers, instead of picking the mix from a community bowl. Package the containers before anyone arrives, to make things simple and easy! Enjoy, and Happy 4th!


Quick and Easy 4th of July Trail Mix

(makes enough for 8-10)
(printable recipe at end of page)

2 cups of Peanuts

1 cup Red, White and Blue M & M's

1 cup Seedless Raisins 

1 cup Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Morsels



Mix ingredients together in a bowl.


Unless you are serving immediately, keep the mix fresh by placing it in a ziplock bag until you are ready to use it.


Everyone will love these flavors together!


The plastic cups I used for the guests that would like them will hold 2 ounces of mix, and they each have their own lid. I purchased them at the dollar store.

Thanks for joining me today!

Scroll down to find a printable copy of this recipe! 

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!


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Author: The Freshman Cook
Quick and Easy 4th of July Trail Mix

Quick and Easy 4th of July Trail Mix

Easy to make and fun to eat, this Red, White and Blue 4th of July Trail Mix makes a great addition to your holiday celebration!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Peanuts
  • 1 cup Red, White and Blue M & M's
  • 1 cup Seedless Raisins
  • 1 cup Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Morsels

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Unless you are serving immediately, keep the mix fresh by placing it in a ziplock bag until you are ready to use it.
  3. Everyone will love these flavors together!
  4. The plastic cups I used will hold 2 ounces of mix, and they each have their own lid. I purchased them at the dollar store.
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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Red, White, and Blue Celebration Cookies/July 4th Event

Of all the summer holidays, the 4th of July is one of my favorites! Usually we are do a lot of swimming and boating, and of course, eating, as we celebrate throughout the day. All that is followed by beautiful city wide fireworks, which are always the perfect way to end the day, and of course, more food! How do you celebrate the 4th? 

Did I mention we do quite a bit of eating?! This year we will be enjoying the holiday with a picnic table full of food, something on the grill, and desserts waiting in the fridge. I will be serving these 4th of July Patriotic Sugar Cookies as part of our dessert tray. These cookies are easy to make and decorate and they are fun to eat too!

                            

Red, White, and Blue Celebration Cookies   

(printable recipe at end of page)

(makes 5-6 dozen cookies)

2 cups Butter (softened)

2 cups Sugar

2 Eggs

2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Salt

5 cups Flour  

3 teaspoon Baking Powder


Royal Icing Recipe

3/4 cup Warm Water

5 tbl. Meringue Powder

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

2.25 lbs Powdered Icing Sugar

Red and Blue Food Coloring

Red Icing Color

Blue Icing Color


Cookie Toppings

white confetti sprinkles

red, white and blue sprinkles

chocolate candy pearls

red, white and blue stars 

mini decor balls 

mini red, white and blue sprinkles



Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour mix is incorporated and dough comes together. 

Divide dough into small batches that will fit between a large piece of parchment paper. Roll out dough to desired thickness. This recipe will take approx. 6-7 pieces of parchment paper. Stack the parchment paper covering the cookie dough on to a baking sheet, cover tightly with saran wrap, and let it chill in the fridge. Repeat the process until all dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be cold. If not, wait about 30 minutes. 

Take out the first sheet, cut out, and start baking at 350 degrees for  8-10 minutes. The best thing is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies. When you have used all of the dough from one sheet that you can, re-roll it and place on the same parchment paper again. Refrigerate like when you started. Keep cooking until all cookies are done.

Let cookies cool on cooling rack.

Use a whisk to mix together the warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix for 30 seconds. Add Cream of Tartar and mix for 30 seconds more. Add confectioner's sugar and mix for 10 minutes on low speed. 

Take 1 cup of frosting and put it into a small bowl. Tint the icing red.
Take another cup of frosting and put it into another small bowl, and tint it blue.
                                                     
Using the white frosting, outline the cookie with a #2 decorating tip
then fill in the inside of the star. Use a toothpick to move the icing around to fill in the star. Don't allow the cookies to dry. You need them wet so the fireworks can be made and the candies can be attached.

To make the fireworks on the cookies, place a dot of blue frosting
on the wet cookie.

Use a toothpick to pull the blue frosting into a firework. Do the same with a dot of red frosting. The fireworks make a great background for all the sprinkles.

               
Begin decorating the cookie with all the edible candies. Put them in any design that you like. Get creative and make it fun! I used an assortment of candies such as white confetti sprinkles, chocolately pearls, red, white and blue stars, mini decor balls, and or course, sprinkles! The sprinkles that are large make great decor for these cookies!


Thank you for joining me today and have a wonderful 4th of July Celebration! Check out the list below for more 4th of July food inspiration from my fellow bloggers! There are so many amazing recipes to choose from!


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Yield: 5 dozen
Author: The Freshman Cook
Red, White and Blue Celebration Cookies

Red, White and Blue Celebration Cookies

Celebrate the red, white, and blue with these fun and tasty sugar cookies, topped with edible sprinkles, chocolate balls, and lots of fun cookie adornments.

Ingredients

  • Cookie Recipe
  • 2 cups Butter (softened)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Royal Icing Recipe
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 5 tbl. Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 lbs Powdered Icing Sugar
  • Red and Blue Food Coloring
  • Red Icing Color
  • Blue Icing Color
  • Cookie Toppings
  • white confetti sprinkles
  • red, white and blue sprinkles
  • chocolately pearls
  • red, white and blue stars
  • mini decor balls
  • mini red, white and blue sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour mix is incorporated and dough comes together.
  2. Divide dough into small batches that will fit between a large piece of parchment paper. Roll out dough to desired thickness. This recipe will take approx. 6-7 pieces of parchment paper. Stack the parchment paper covering the cookie dough on to a baking sheet, cover tightly with saran wrap, and let it chill in the fridge. Repeat the process until all dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be cold. If not, wait about 30 minutes.
  3. Take out the first sheet, cut out, and start baking at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. The best thing is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies. When you have used all of the dough from one sheet that you can, re-roll it and place on the same parchment paper again. Refrigerate like when you started. Keep cooking until all cookies are done.
  4. Let cookies cool on cooling rack.
  5. Use a whisk to mix together the warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix for 30 seconds. Add Cream of Tartar and mix for 30 seconds more. Add confectioner's sugar and mix for 10 minutes on low speed.
  6. Take 1 cup of frosting and put it into a small bowl. Tint the icing red. Take another cup of frosting and put it into another small bowl, and tint it blue.
  7. Using the white frosting, outline the cookie with a #2 decorating tip then fill in the inside of the star. Use a toothpick to move the icing around to fill in the star. Don't allow the cookies to dry. You need them wet so the fireworks can be made and the candies can be attached.
  8. To make the fireworks on the cookies, place a dot of blue frosting
  9. on the wet cookie.
  10. Use a toothpick to pull the blue frosting into a firework. Do the same with a dot of red frosting. The fireworks make a great background for all the sprinkles.
  11. Begin decorating the cookie with all the edible candies. Put them in any design that you like. Get creative and make it fun! I used an assortment of candies such as white confetti sprinkles, chocolately pearls, red, white and blue stars, mini decor balls, and or course, sprinkles! The sprinkles that are large make great decor for these cookies!
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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Strawberry Pineapple Iced Tea / #From Our Dinner Table

 If you find refreshment in a glass of iced tea, then you are going to love this Strawberry Pineapple Iced Tea! It's simple to create and it's bursting with great flavor! 

This tea would be perfect for backyard get togethers, sitting on the porch watching the world go around, or picnics by the lake! No matter what you are doing, Strawberry Pineapple Iced Tea is refreshing, full of fun flavors and you will love it!

This tea is actually a sun tea. It sat for 3 1/2 hours in the sun brewing. I used a family size Luzianne iced tea bag and the sun did all the work! 


Strawberry Pineapple Iced Tea 

(printed recipe at end of page)

(makes 7 glasses of 16 oz. tea) 

5-16.9 ounce Purified Drinking Water Bottles

1 Luzianne Family Size Tea Bags

5-6 tbl. Turbinado Sugar

1-20 ounce can Pineapple Chunks

16 ounce package of Strawberries

1-Lime cut into 8 pieces

Ice

Skewer


Fill the jug with water from bottles.

 

Wash the berries and lime. Cut the lime in eight pieces and cut the tops off the strawberries.

Put the sugar, pineapple chunks, strawberries, and lime pieces into the water jug. The pineapple chunks will fall to the bottom of your jug. But no worries. They are fine there. Add the tea bag, put the lid on and tighten it. Take it outside to a sunny area and let it sit there. If you are not sure about the sugar amount, experiment with it. I used turbinado sugar because it has a bit of a unique taste, but white sugar or artificial sugar would work also. When I made this recipe, I started with 2 tbls. of sugar, and I felt that more was needed. If you think you want less sugar, start with less. You can always add more. 

 Doesn't this look refreshing and so full of flavor?!!



This jug of tea was done 3 hours after I set it in the sun. I tasted it to make sure it was done brewing. I looked for a taste that was mild, not bitter, and I made sure I could taste the berries and pineapple. Pour the tea into a pitcher, add 1 cup of ice or more if you wish, and garnish the pitcher by placing pineapple pieces and a strawberry on a skewer.

Enjoy your Strawberry Pineapple Iced Tea!


                 

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Yield: 10- 8ounce glasses
Author: The Freshman Cook

Strawberry Pineapple Iced Tea

Prep time: 1 HourCook time: 3 HourTotal time: 4 Hour
Strawberry Pineapple Iced Tea is a recipe made for making sun tea. It is full of flavor from fresh fruit, and takes approx. 3 hours to cook itself.

Ingredients

Strawberry Pineapple Iced Tea
  • 16.9 ounce Purified Drinking Water Bottles
  • 1 Luzianne Family Size Tea Bags
  • 6 tbl. Turbinado Sugar
  • 20 ounce can Pineapple Chunks
  • 16 ounce package of Strawberries
  • Lime cut into 8 pieces
  • Ice
  • Skewer

Instructions

  1. Fill the jug with water from bottles.
  2. Wash the berries and lime. Cut the lime in eight pieces and cut the tops off the strawberries.
  3. Put the sugar, pineapple chunks, strawberries, and lime pieces into the water jug. The pineapple chunks will fall to the bottom of your jug. But no worries. They are fine there. Add the tea bag, put the lid on and tighten it. Take it outside to a sunny area and let it sit there. If you are not sure about the sugar amount, experiment with it. White sugar or artificial sugar would work also. . You can always add more. 
  4. This jug of tea was done 3 hours after it was set in the sun. Look for a taste that is mild, not bitter, and made sure you can taste the berries and pineapple. Pour the tea into a pitcher, add 1 cup of ice or more if you wish, and garnish the pitcher by placing pineapple pieces and a strawberry on a skewer.
  5. Enjoy your Strawberry Pineapple Iced Tea!
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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons/#From Our Dinner Table

     With summer right around the corner, it's the perfect time to try out some new-to-you appetizers for parties and get togethers. I enjoy serving appetizers for any occasion, and summer picnics and back yard parties are the perfect place for these new, fun and tasty small bites.

     Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons will fit into any party, and they are fun and tasty. Full of shredded cheese, cream cheese, and onion, they come together in no time at all.

     I used finely shredded cheese to put these Cheesy Stuffed Wontons together. Some of them have Colby and Monterey Jack, some are made with Cheddar and Mozzarella, and the third type was made with 4 Cheese and Mozzarella. 












Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons

(makes 2 dozen)

(Printable recipe at end of page)

1/4 cup Onion, diced
2 dozen uncooked Wonton Wrappers
4 ounces Cream Cheese Block
1 package Shredded Fiesta Blend Cheese
1 package Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 package Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 package Shredded Colby Cheese
1 package Monterey Jack Cheese
small bowl of Cold Water  



Chop the onion into small pieces.
 
Slice the cream cheese into several 
slices, then cut slices into squares.


Pour the cheese into a bowl and
mix the flavor combo together. 
Mix to your preference. 
               
Place a piece of cream cheese in 
the middle of the wonton. Top 
cream cheese with 1+1/2 tbl. 
of shredded cheese.
                                                    
To seal the wontons, dip a small 
paintbrush into a cup of water and 
lightly brush the inside edges of the 
wonton with water.


Pinch the edges of the wontons together. 
              
Place the wontons in the air fryer. 
   Cook for 3-4 minutes.                       

Another way to finish off these 
Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons
is to drizzle cheese over the top of 
the wontons when you place them 
in the air fryer. Cook them 3 minutes.
                   



                                                               I am so happy you stopped by today. Thanks for joining me. These Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons are easy to make and so tasty and fun to eat. Besides having these as an appetizer, they also make an easy snack. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a printable recipe!
                                         
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Here is a printable recipe:

Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons
 

Yield: 2 dozen
Author: The Freshman Cook

Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons

A fun and tasty appetizer, this cheesy little bite is perfect for parties, backyard get together or dinnertime!

Ingredients

Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons
  • 1/4 cup Onion, diced
  • 2 dozen uncooked Wonton Wrappers
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese Block
  • 1 package Shredded Fiesta Blend Cheese
  • 1 package Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 package Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 package Shredded Colby Cheese
  • 1 package Monterey Jack Cheese
  • small bowl of Cold Water

Instructions

Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons
  1. Chop the onion into small pieces.
  2. Slice the cream cheese into several slices, then cut slices into squares.
  3. Pour the cheese into a bowl and mix the flavor combo together.
  4. Mix to your preference.
  5. Place a piece of cream cheese in the middle of the wonton. Top cream cheese with 1+1/2 tbl. of shredded cheese.
  6. To seal the wontons, dip a small paintbrush into a cup of water and lightly brush the inside edges of the wonton with water.
  7. Pinch the edges of the wontons together.
  8. Place the wontons in the air fryer. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Another way to finish off these Cheesy Stuffed Air Fryer Wontons is to drizzle cheese over the top of the wontons when you place them in the air fryer. Cook them 3 minutes.


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