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Fruit kabobs for 4th of July, recipe perfect for summer #Fruit, #Healthy, #July4th4th of July Fruit Skewers

If your family is anything like mine, the 4th of July is a big deal. It’s also an outdoors and on the move kind of day, meaning that you need snacks that are easy, portable and fun. I decided to do a spin on the kebobs that are a summer staple by using fruit and marshmallows instead of meat and veggies.

What you’ll need –

  • Skewer Sticks – I like bamboo ones because they seem to splinter less. The size depends on how much you want to load onto them but try to avoid ones that are too thick or they will split the blueberries.
  • Strawberries – obviously you want ripe ones, but be careful about getting ones that are too big, they don’t stay on the skewer as well.
  • Marshmallows (mini and regular)
  • Blueberries
  • White Chocolate (or White Candy Melt)
  • Blue Candy Melt
  • Raspberries

Fruit kabobs for 4th of July, perfect for summerInstructions –

  1. Prep all of your fruits by washing them thoroughly and patting them dry. You can take the stems off the strawberries if you want; I left them on just because I thought it looked nicer.
  2. Run a mini marshmallow down the skewer far enough to act as a stopper for everything else you’re going to put on the skewer. If you don’t start with a marshmallow, the fruits won’t stay in place very well. I started with a mini mallow so that the red, white and blue theme would be more obvious.
  3. Load the rest of the skewer with the fruits and marshmallows in the following order – raspberry, regular marshmallow, two blueberries (through the center not the side) and then the strawberry. Don’t run the skewer all the way through the strawberry – if you do, the juice will make it hard to get the candy melt to stick and it will be more likely to fall off. Make sure your strawberries are very dry or you will have trouble making the candy melt stick!
  4. Melt the white candy melt in a bowl in the microwave for 35 seconds, then stir it up and heat for another 30 seconds and stir again. You should have a nice even texture with the melt. Dip or coat the strawberry about 2/3rds of the way up then wait for it to dry. I put the skewers in upright in a piece of Styrofoam so they would not have any flat spots. Repeat on all your skewers. Allow white candy melt to harden before proceeding.
  5. Melt the blue candy melt the same as the white and repeat the process, this time only covering the last 1/3rd of the strawberry. Repeat until all skewers are complete – the tasty snack is done, you can either refrigerate if needed or serve immediately.

Fun, refreshing and really pretty simple to make once you get the hang of the candy melt. They are an eye catching and unique way to celebrate Independence Day.

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Thanks to  My Crowded Kitchen for passing along this recipe  her son made for a Blackberry Pineapple Banana Smoothie.  Wow he is welcome to come visit my kitchen anytime …lol. Sounds tasty I hope you enjoy it as well.

I encourage my kids to cook and experiment in the kitchen. I think it’s important for them to have life skills and be able to make themselves a meal if need be. Today, Park, wanted to share his smoothie idea with all of you. It was really yummy!

Ingredients
2 cups frozen blackberries
1 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 ripe banana
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup milk
1 handful baby spinach, optional

Directions
Combine the above ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Summertime Strawberry Limeade drink

Strawberry Limeade Easy Summer drink

When it is hot, there is nothing better then a refreshing cold drink that taste to good! It just hits the spot everytime. And when summer drinks are easy to make and take no effort it makes prep time even easier to manage in the heat of the summer! Nothing is worse in the summer time heat then to have to spend time cooking or heating up the house over the stove. Why add more heat to the stifling summer weather, when you can make meals and drinks that require no extra cooking. That’s one reason why I love this Summertime Strawberry Limeade drink. It is so easy to make and takes no time at all! You can get all the ingredients ready and keep them in the fridge and make one drink at a time or make an entire pitcher full of refreshing beverage! easy strawberry limeade drink

It takes just a few ingredients that can be found in most kitchens!

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Limes
  • Sugar
  • Crushed Ice

ingredient summer drink strawberry limeade

Cut with a knife or crush the strawberries with a fork. You want to smash them quite well to help release the juice inside. For how ever much strawberries you use you will want to use half that in sugar. So as in the recipe card below you can use one cup strawberries and half a cup sugar. Mix the strawberries and the sugar well and place in the fridge to rest and draw more fluid out of the strawberries.

While that is drawing juice, slice the limes in halves and then take one half and cut it into quarters. Sqweeze the two quarters into your mixing container or glass. Take the other half and slice it along the outside to make a round garnish to hang on the side of the glasses.

virgin strawberry limeade
Next pour some crushed ice into your glass to about half full. Next add some Sprite or other Lemon Lime drink into your glass about 3/4 the way full. next spoon in some strawberries and juice from the bowl in the fridge. Add the juice from your 2 quarter limes, and place the lime garnish on the glass rim. Add more lime and strawberries to taste. And enjoy the cooling and refreshing Summertime Strawberry Limeade!

Strawberry Limeade
 
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Refreshing Summertime Strawberry Limeade
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • Sugar soak strawberries:
  • 1 Cup chopped strawberries
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 1 lime
  • Sprite
  • Crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Soak strawberries in bowl with sugar mixed in refrigerator till liquid is pulled from strawberries
  2. In a large glass add in crushed ice.
  3. Smash up the sugar soaked strawberries.
  4. Add strawberries to glass and pour in desired amount of sprite.
  5. Squeeze in 1 lime and toss lime into drink for an extra lime taste.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Strawberry Limeade Easy Summer drink

 

 

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BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS broken chocolate, perfect RED WHITE and BLUE dessert for the 4th of July1BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS

Everything about this dessert is delicious…including the cup! The dessert cups are made with white chocolate and are filled with a light, refreshing blueberry mousse. Topped with a little whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, this red white and blue treat is perfect for Independence Day. If you have chocolate cup molds, by all means use them; if you don’t, a yogurt cup or a half-pint sour cream container will work well. Cut the thick rim from the top of the yogurt cup for best results, and cut the top half off of the sour cream container. Candy melts found in the cake decorating section of craft stores work very well. The cups in the photographs used white candy melts with colored “star bursts”…perfect for the Fourth.

BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS broken chocolate, perfect RED WHITE and BLUE dessert for the 4th of July

BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS

  • Makes 6
  • 12-16 ounces white chocolate or candy melts
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin (a scant tablespoon)
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Blue food color (optional)
  • Maraschino cherries for decoration

BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS broken chocolate, perfect RED WHITE and BLUE dessert for the 4th of July

1. In a small microwavable bowl, melt chocolate. Begin by heating for 30 seconds, stir, and continue heating at 10-15 second increments, stirring often. White chocolate will scorch easily, so stop heating when you can still see small pieces. Stir until melted.

2. In a chocolate cup mold or small plastic food container (like a yogurt or half-pint sour cream container) put a couple of tablespoons of chocolate in the bottom. Roll the chocolate around the mold until it is coated, bringing it to within 1/4-inch from the top. You may need to add a little more chocolate or use the back of a spoon to coax it around evenly. Immediately put the container in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. The white chocolate is easiest to work with if it isn’t too warm. If it gets too thick to work with, return it to the microwave for 10 seconds and stir well.

3. Remove container from freezer. If you can see spots that haven’t been covered well, touch them up with a little more chocolate and freeze briefly to harden.

4. Holding the container upside down, gently roll it between the palms of your hands. The chocolate cup should easily drop out of the mold. If it doesn’t, freeze for a few more minutes or try pulling the top edge of the container away just a little bit from the chocolate, and tip it over again. Press very gently on the bottom.

5. Carefully trim the top edge of the chocolate cup with a sharp paring knife or vegetable peeler, if desired.

6. When all cups are finished, set aside.

7. In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine the berries, sugar, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to keep berries at a gentle simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

8. While the berries are simmering, in a very small bowl or ramekin, combine 1 tablespoon water and the gelatin. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to soften the gelatin.

9. Microwave the gelatin mixture for 5 seconds. Stir. Repeat 2 more times. Gelatin should be liquid and a little foamy. Immediately add to the hot berry mixture and stir well.

10. Set the pan containing the berry mixture into a shallow bowl of ice water to cool quickly. Stir occasionally until mixture is very thick.

11. In a medium bowl, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Remove a small amount of whipping cream for topping the finished cups, and set aside. Add the berry mixture gradually to the bowl of whipped cream, beating constantly.

Blueberry Mousse Cups 7 beat berries and whipped cream together

12. The mixture will be purple. If you want a red white and blue dessert, you’ll need to add blue food coloring at this point.

13. Spoon into white chocolate cups, dividing the mixture evenly. The mousse will thicken quickly in the cups. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with a little whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

BLUEBERRY MOUSSE CUPS broken chocolate, perfect RED WHITE and BLUE dessert for the 4th of July1

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