Told ya guys, this is proof right here that I have a thing for coordinating outfits for the 4th of July…and with food apparently. Today I’m sharing a few food and drink ideas perfect for your 4th of July spread or just a quick treat :-). With the exception of the cake, these are all super easy to make -always a win! In all honesty, the cake isn’t that hard either, but I’ll explain what I mean later on and you can decide. If ya like this outfit, scroll all the way to the end of this post for some similar linked items. I got the shirt from Express a couple years ago and the shorts I can’t even remember!?
I’ve got 5 ideas that I’m sharing with you today. I’m going to list these goodies out starting with my most favorite (if I had to pick) and then work down.
1 – Sweet Summer Sangria
This drink pick probably comes as no surprise to those of you that know me. I think it’s hard to top a solid Sangria on a hot summer day when it comes to adult beverages. I’ve tried my fair share of recipes for Sangria and have had many fails; however, this Sweet Summer Sangria is a keeper, coming with nodding approvals from 6 other individuals (7 if ya count me). You’ll need the following for this refresher:
- 1 Bottle of Wine – Pheasant Hollow Winery Red & Blue
- 1 Bottle of Wine – yellow tail Big Bold Red
- 10 oz. Sweet Vermouth (I used Tribuno)
- 32 oz. Cranberry Juice
- 20 oz. Grenadine (I used Finest Call)
- 1/4 content of Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
- 8 oz. Simple Syrup
- Water (to your liking)
- 3 Oranges (sliced)
- Strawberries (I used about 1.5 Cups of frozen strawberries because I wanted to keep the fresh strawberries we had on hand for our boys to eat -fresh would make it even better)
- Ice (to your liking)
How do you make it? Simply throw all the above into a container! Told ya, super easy. I think for the best results, you’ll want this to sit for at least a few hours to soak up all the flavor -though, it is defiantly still drinkable (and tasty) if you decide to do this last minute. I made mine the night before so it sat for about 15 hours before serving. You’ll note that for the water and ice I said “to your liking.” I just kept adding both of these until I was satisfied with the taste, I think different tastebuds will have various preferences on this. When I think about it, I probably added AT LEAST 20 oz. water and 40 oz. of ice over the 15 hour period of time. So, good news is without adding any water, the drink is strong enough to keep adding ice without it becoming watered down. At 6 o’clock the next day it still tasted delicious. Serve over ice regardless of what you decide to do.
2 – Red (Velvet), White, & Blue Cake
Okay, so I mentioned above that this was the one treat on this list that is not easy to make…but then also proceeded to say that it actually isn’t that difficult. So let me explain. The actual mixing and baking of the cake is “a piece of cake” -HA…if ya read any of my other posts, you’ve got to be used to how corny I am by now 🙂 sorry I am not sorry. Where it can become difficult is stacking and frosting the cake -though you can completely avoid that by making this in the form of a sheet cake or even cupcakes! For the 3 layered cake that I made above, I used the following:
- 1 Box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix (-Yes, a box mix!!)
- 1 Cup Low Fat Sour Cream
- 1.5 Tsp. Imitation Vanilla
- 4 Eggs (guys I never pay attention to what size these are, I use them all the same)
- 1/2 Cup Skim Milk
- 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 3.5 oz. Chocolate Pudding Mix
- Sprinkle of Salt
- Olive Oil Cooking Spray
- I used Wicked Good Kitchen’s Recipe for Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting – check her page out for recipe and ingredients!
How do you make it? Mix all of the ingredients together from the Cake Mix down to the Sprinkle of Salt until smooth. Generously spray 3 cake pans (9 inch), pour the batter equally into each, and use the baking time/temp on the cake mix box as a starting point. I periodically check the cakes with a fork and remove from the oven when the fork comes out clean. Let your cakes (cake, cupcakes, etc.) cool and frost with your frosting of choice. I froze my cakes and then frosted, I’ll be adding a tutorial for that at a later date here. Top with fresh berries and refrigerate until ready to serve. I had some little hands ready to eat right away…
The inside turned out super moist!
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3 – Patriotic Pancake Stacks
You guys I love these because they are as simple as you can get, yet they still look beautiful. My boys LOVED these and now ask for them on the regular “the pancakes with the straws.” All ya need for these are:
- Hungry Jack Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake Mix
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Powdered Sugar
- Cute Straws
- Optional: Syrup
How do you make them? Follow the directions on the pancake mix box…basically mix water and pancake mix -told ya again, super, super simple. We add mini chocolate chips because …well because we are a chocolate family, but blueberries would be perfect for the these too. The smaller you make the pancakes, the cuter these stacks are. Stack your stacks as high as you want, we obviously went 6 high and then take your straws and push them through the center of the stack. If you want butter or syrup on them, it would be easier to add this before you stick the straws through. I got my straws at Michaels, but if they are out, there are some similar ones here and here. Then, slowly push your fruit and marshmallows onto the straw. Sprinkle some powdered sugar, berries, and marshmallows on and around them and you are done! These are almost too cute to eat :-).
4 – Miami Vice or Frozen Lemonade
I bring you easy again! A Miami Vice or Frozen Lemonade is not anything new, but you can spruce these up to be festive and USA themed just by adding some blueberries and some cute napkins. While I may be stating the obvious, you’ll need the following:
- Daiquiri Mix
- Pina Colada Mix
- Cute napkins and straws (these napkins are super cute too!)
Blend your daquori/rum/ice and pina colada/rum/ice mix separately in a blender and then pour simultaneously into your glass. I’m not stating an amount for the rum because this definitely varies by person. Top with blueberries and enjoy!
***Now for my kiddos, I used smaller glasses and NO rum was used -I want to make that clear! I still used the daiquiri mix and then used frozen lemonade concentrate with water/ice instead. There’s a number of variations you can use for this, could use anything red!
5 – Frozen Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Here’s my healthiest recipe of them all…of course it would happen that it comes last in my list from favorite to least favorite, ha! Nevertheless, I wouldn’t even include the recipe on this list if it didn’t taste good. If you don’t typically enjoy healthy-ish tasting treats, then you probably won’t love this one (ex: my husband not a fan) but if you are open to the idea, these are worth a shot. You’ll need:
- 5 Bananas
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk
- 1 Tsp. Baking Cocoa
- 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
- Peanut Butter
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Cupcake Liners
How do you make them? Mix the bananas, coconut milk, baking cocoa, and vanilla in the blender until smooth. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and pour the mixture into them. If Michael’s is out of the liners, there are some similar ones here or even here if you’d rather have toppers included with your set rather than buying poms. You can get poms at your local craft store. Melt peanut butter in the microwave to pour over the top of your mixture. I heat the peanut butter for 30 seconds and then stir, heat for 30 seconds and then stir until smooth. Put your tray in the freezer. Once frozen, the trick to getting these out of the pan is to place the bottom of the tray in some warm water…this will loosen them up to pop out of the tray. You can then stick a toothpick in the middle and place a pom on the top. Put back in the freezer until ready to serve. Once ready to eat your are going to want a bowl and spoon :-). These would be much more convenient made in popsicle form…however, I had cute cupcake liners and I needed something that I didn’t feel guilty eating at the time. I wouldn’t make them this way on the regular but for a special occasion for sure.
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So there you have my list, that wraps it up! Comment with any questions that you may have, I went through these pretty quick rather than going into detail like I would for a single recipe post. More importantly, no matter what you eat/drink for this 4th of July, I hope that it’s an enjoyable one for ya!
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