It was both mine and my husband’s year to have the children for the 4th of July this year and I wanted to do something special with food. Where do you get such inspiration? Why Pinterest, of course!! When you put something in the search section, a plethora of fabulous ideas pop up! Now, several years ago I did a Jell-o concoction and spent waaaayyyyy too long cutting out watermelon with a star cookie cutter so I wanted something different – and easier – this year. I did need to watch my budget, though, as holiday food can get very expensive, particularly if you’re buying fireworks too!
I opted for something healthy and did wood skewers, mini marshmallows, blueberries and raspberries. The raspberries were a little pricey in my opinion ($5.98) but wow, were they yummy! Absolutely delicious and incredibly easy! I also made a cake (only a box mix) but although I wanted to decorate it with red, white and blue M&M’s, I couldn’t due to my stepson’s severe peanut allergy. That’s okay, though, as I had left over blueberries and found some red crystal toppings I could add to it and the family size was nearly $9 – gulp!! I forgot to take a picture of the stripes of the crackers and cheese that I made as well, leftovers from a party that we had a couple of weeks ago so that helped with the budget!
Here a couple of pics of what actually turned out . .
We cooked out (jumbo pack of turkey franks were very reasonable and tasted much better than the beef ones, in my opinion!), visited, played soccer, and made s’mores (already had these when they had a buy 1 get 2 free of the ingredients) around the fire pit before shooting off some fireworks that we had bought.The downside? Well, my older children had their own agendas, understandable at 18 and 21, and didn’t even stop by. My youngest preferred to hang out with his girlfriend so I didn’t even have my own children with me in which to celebrate the holiday and partake in my yummy special food! At least my parents came over for a bit to help us celebrate! 😉