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4th of July Pretzel Bites ~ Easy Red White And Blue Recipe

Juy 4th happens to be my husbands favorite holiday.   We always go to the parade in town and  let the kids watch the floats and wave to the soldiers.  We also have a family bbq and then go to the fireworks in town as the sun starts to set.  As you can tell we have a busy 4th of July, and it is normally HOT as well.  So I love to find recipes that can be made ahead of time to create less stress.  These 4th of July Pretzel Bites  are so easy to make, and they can easily be stored until you are ready to eat them.  They are also the prefect finger food or easy snack as you are out and about, at either the parade or watching the fire works.  Hope you enjoy them as much as our family does.

If you can not find the Hugs candies you can always use a jumbo marshmallow cut in half in place of the Hug, put  them in the oven at about 350 just till the tips start to brown. Pull out of the oven and top with the M&Ms candy. Be careful since they might be a little sticky and hot.

This recipe will yield 3 dozen 4th of July  Pretzel Bites:

INGREDIENTS
36 pretzel snaps (I used Snyders brand)
36 Hershey’s Hugs candies
18 red M&M’s
18 blue M&M’s

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 200°.
1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place the pretzels on the cookie sheet at least 1 inch apart.
3. Top each pretzel with a Hershey’s hug candy piece.
4. Bake for 3-4 minutes. Remove from oven when the candy looks soft and a bit shiny. You just want to soften the candy in the oven-not melt them.
5. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet.
6. Gently press one M&M into the middle of each softened candy. This will make the Hershey’s hug spread out over each pretzel.
7. Let cool completely or refrigerate for 5 minutes.
8. ENJOY!!

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Tie dye Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsMy girls wanted to make shirts for the 4th of July, so we deiced to make Tie Dye shirts with sharpies.  Inspired from the Tie Dye shirts we made at the beach.  We did it different this time, we did not use the cups or the dropper but the basic idea is the same.  You could make flags, scarves, t-shirts, towels…. all sorts of fun ideas.  This would also be a fun project to do on the 4th in the heat of the afternoon when you are waiting for the fireworks.

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To make these all you need is:

Sharpie Makers

Rubbing Alcohol

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White T-shirt

Price of cardboard
Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsI let the girls practice on strips of an old white sheet first.  So they could see which colors they liked best and how the designs would bend once you put the alcohol on them.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsPut a piece of cardboard in the tshirt to stretch it out to make coloring on it easier.  This will also prevent the colors from spreading to the back of the shirt. If you don’t have cardboard you could also use a cookie sheet.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsRemember that dark colors can make the pictures look “muddy or messy” if they blend together to much.  So try and use only one dark color per picture you draw.  Highlight them with as many light and bright colors as you want.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsOnce you have your pictures drawn, pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle.  Spay the tshirt with alcohol.  The  more you put on the more the ink will spread. It will start to spread right away, but you will not see the final “blend Tie Dye look” till your shirt has dried.

If you want to set the ink, you can soak it in a Soda Ash before you draw on the shirt.    You can also heat set the ink with a iron.  Please note that once you wash the shirt it will start to fade if you do not first treat it with soda ash.

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Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsMy kids are out of school, summer is here and they LOVE craft and art projects.  Today we made fireworks with a fork for a quick and easy craft project.  I know it sounds a little strange but they had a BALL doing it, and it kept them busy for well over an hour.  If you are looking for a fun patriotic craft idea for the 4th of July then you might want to give this idea a try.

Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsAll you need is:

A fork, plastic or metal, both work

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Craft Paint

Paper

Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsStart with one color of paint, dip the back of the fork in and then “wipe” the back of the fork onto the paper.  Do this over and over and make a circle pattern.  Clean your fork off and then go to another color.  Do this over and over until you have used all the colors.  I used red white and blue but you could use any color.  They turn out rather pretty and appeal to a broad age group  my 4 year old and my 12 year old both had fun making these.

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It is so hard to tell, but they are a rich gold, glitter and so pretty!

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Turn your pillows pretty sides together and sew around the edge, leaving one side open. Once you have sewn the sides, you can turn it right side out.

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Now you can stuff it as full as you would like. I like mine really fluffy, especially since they have a tendency to flatten out over time.

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Once you have stuffed it, you can sew that last side shut. You can do this by hand so that the seams don’t show. I had a pretty thick placemat so this step was sort of hard, but if you are using a regular texture placemat it should be a little easier. There you have some great throw pillows that cost so much less than one throw pillow that is already made.

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