Fourth of July Watermelon

Maybe you do this already, but I had a fun brainstorm for patriotic Fourth of July watermelon today! Let me back up… this afternoon we were making some sugar cookies shaped as stars decorated with red, white, and blue sprinkles for a fairly simple afternoon activity in preparation for the Fourth of July weekend coming up. As we were setting the dough to chill in the fridge I saw our giant untouched watermelon waiting to be cut up for a play date tomorrow. Bing! Use the star cookie cutter to make a super festive fruit dessert! It almost doesn’t even warrant a dedicated blog post because there is so little effort involved here. But I decided to pull out the camera anyway, take a few shots, and share my simple idea with you. I mean, what easier way to bring something festive-looking to any Fourth of July soiree you’re attending this weekend, right?

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Cut watermelon in slices, at least an inch thick. Use star shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

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Place on a white tray/plate/serving platter and sprinkle with blueberries for a pop of blue and voila – bringing this Fourth of July watermelon will make you star of the party (see what I did there?).

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Ps. You’ll have lots of random pieces leftover, perfect for snacking. Enjoy!

Summer Send-off

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What a summer! This was one for the books for our little family. Nothing huge happened, just a whole lotta fun – beach days, pool days, dinners out, play dates, adventures with friends, vacations with cousins, sleepovers with cousins, a couple date nights, and ice cream – a decent amount of ice cream. Anyway, we usually send off the summer Labor Day weekend with more of the above, but not this weekend, I was plagued by the flu! The dead-of-winter, sore joints, headache-inducing, appetite suppressing, high fever causing flu. What a bummer. So we didn’t do much but by Sunday I was ok enough to venture out and do some peach picking and by Monday I was ready for a big ‘ol summer send-off dinner, after the kids ran through the sprinkler once last time of course.

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We went for a southern theme of ribs, cole slaw (we used this recipe and added chopped tomatoes), corn….

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and homemade peach cobbler for dessert (I used this recipe and added a cinnamon/sugar sprinkle on top before baking).

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And it was awesome, just like our summer. I felt extra nostalgic this weekend, maybe I was delirious from the fever, but as much as I love LOVE the fall, I sure am sad to this summer end.

Berry Yogurt Popsicles

Popsicles seem to be a thing now, don’t you think? If you’re on Pinterest (follow me!) your feed has probably had some Popsicle “recipes” this summer because they are just SO easy to make. And you can fill them with whatever you want so they can even be – dare I say – healthy! I made a batch of Berry Yogurt Popsicles over the weekend for us to enjoy on hot summer nights after dinner on our back deck – sounds kind of idyllic, right? It’s time for you to make your own before the summer is over! Ps. We bought our mold at the Christmas Tree Shop.

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You will need 1 1/2C each of frozen blueberries and strawberries, 1 6oz container vanilla yogurt, 2 Tbs sugar, and Popsicle molds. Note – use whatever fruit you want. Also use whatever yogurt you want (low-fat, plain, Greek)! Use however much sugar you want (or don’t want as the case may be). This is based on Martha Stewart’s Firecracker Ice Pop recipe.

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Defrost your berries.

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Once defrosted blend strawberries with 1 Tbs sugar. Spoon into your Popsicle mold.

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Add about 1 Tbs of yogurt into each mold on top of the blended strawberries. Solicit your toddler for help, like I did!

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Repeat with blueberries and more yogurt. Put the top on your molds and freeze over night.

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ENJOY!

Fourth of July on Pinterest

I love the Fourth of July – it always makes me feel like summer has really begun, right? And I cannot believe the fourth is a week from Friday. Time to start planning some patriotic projects! Here are some fun Fourth of July ideas from my archives…

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What to Wear

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Patriotic Ice Cream Cones

 

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Fourth of July Strawberries

And if you want MORE ideas – I am excited to be a part of a fun Fourth of July Pinning party curated from the ladies at Domestic Bliss Squared. I wanted to share the Board with you in case you’re looking for any creative Patriotic ideas for the fourth – recipes, crafts, and styles ideas. Click here to view – have fun!

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Mixed Fruit Crisp

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We had just a few strawberries left from our pick-your-own adventure so I thought it would be nice to mix the remaining strawberries with some other fruit to create a Mixed Fruit Crisp. Let’s be honest, you can make a crisp from just about any fruit out there – peaches, blueberries, apples, blackberries, rhubarb, etc… so why not mix a bunch together? Here’s what I did…

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Cut your fruit into bite size pieces, here I have blueberries I tossed in whole and strawberries.  And then I added…

 

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Bananas!

 

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Add about a teaspoon or 2 of corn starch to your fruit mixture to make sure the juices thicken when you bake.

 

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Mix your crumble (Ina and Martha both have great recipes for the topping).

 

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Top the fruit with the crumble.

 

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Bake according to your crumble recipe and enjoy while still warm!