I am all about keeping food fun and simple … and celebrating the birth of our nation is no exception. We My husband usually grills up some hamburgers and hot dogs … maybe some fresh corn on the cob.
My mom brings some of her most AMAZING potato salad. I heat up a can of Bush’s baked beans. We open up a bag of chips (Michigan made Better Made chips if it’s MY choice). And sometimes we add in some extra special fun, like …
These were a hit at a 4th of July party we attended, but they would also be PERFECT to bring along to a fireworks display. Dynamite licorice!I got the idea from Room to Inspire’s post RedVines for All. I simply used a bit of blue sparkly ribbon that I had on hand … but the original idea looks even better!
And you can’t forget about dessert!!! Here are a few Patriotic sweets that are super simple to put together!
Angel food cake with Cool Whip, strawberries, and blueberries. So yummy and nearly fat free. It can also be made sugar-free Cool Whip and sugar free angel food cake for diabetics and other people watching their sugar intake.
These are some basic brownies decorated up for America’s birthday … just add white frosting, blue sprinkles, and a flag!
Cupcakes can also easily get dressed up for the 4th. Here’s my son, Henry when he was 2 (he’s 7 now!) enjoying a chocolate cupcake with white (vanilla) frosting topped with red and blue sprinkles and an American flag.
Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.