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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.

More 4th of July Recipes and DIY ideas you might want to check out…

Red, White and Blue Layered Fruit Dessert

 

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Red White and Blue Pudding Pops, quick and easy 4th of July Recipe or just as a treat on a hot summer day #Recipe, #PuddingPop, #CoolTreat, #July4thRed White and Blue Pudding Pop

The 4th of July tends to be a HOT day here in Idaho and we are always looking for a cool treat to make the day special.  These Red, White and Blue Pudding Pops are quick and easy and just make you feel patriotic looking at them.  You can make them ahead of time too, so you’re not stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 3 oz. Pkg. Vanilla or White Chocolate Pudding
  • 1 3 oz. Pkg. Red Gelatin
  • 1 3 oz. Pkg. Blue Gelatin
  • 1 1/3 Cups Boiling Water

pop ingredient
Instructions
In separate bowls combine 2/3 cup boiling water with each gelatin. Stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved.
Pour Gelatins into 2 separate containers approximately 8 inches by 4 inches. You can use rectangle resealable container or a loaf pan. Be sure to lightly oil or spray to ease the unmolding process.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Cut gelatins into ¼ inch cubes.
In a large bowl whisk the milk and Pudding mix together.
Gently stir in the gelatin cubes. Don’t over mix or the gelatin color will start to run.
Spoon into freezing container of your choice. Popsicle molds, 3-5 oz. Paper cups, Ice cube tray. If you use plastic I recommend lightly oiling or spraying to help remove from the mold.
Insert a handle of your choice. You can buy Popsicle sticks. You can also use a plastic spoon or fork or several tooth picks bunched together.
Freeze a minimum of 4 hours.

Red White and Blue Pudding Pops, quick and easy 4th of July Recipe or just as a treat on a hot summer day #Recipe, #PuddingPop, #CoolTreat,  #July4th

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Red, White and Blue Layered Fruit Dessert

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When I was little I was addicted to sugar…but now that I am an adult I am more excited about a good salad, than dessert.  But this recipe is one of those that still makes me want to eat the whole pan, I LOVE them!

035Start out by smashing one package of graham crackers ( not the whole box just one of the clear packages inside).

020Once you get the crackers all smashed up, put in the bottom of a 9X13 pan pour one stick of melted butter on top.

021Take a fork and make sure the cracker crumbs are well coated with butter.

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Then press down in a flat even layer in the bottom of the pan.

Place in an oven at 350 degrees for 12 min this will create a crust.

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While still hot out of the oven pour one can of sweet and condensed milk ( not evaporated).

Pour in a thin even layer over the whole crust.

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Top with what ever you like, I use about 1/2 a cup of the following

  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter chips
  • nuts or ( i use sunflower seeds, my friend who had a daughter allergic to nuts made it this way and I LOVE it so, I have never switched back)
  • coconut
  • M&Ms candys

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While still hot place back in a 350 degree oven and bake for another 25-35 mins till edges are golden brown.  Let cool at least 30 mins…..and enjoy

036This is what Matt and I did to the pan in ONE night……I am telling you this is one of my favorites!  Hope you enjoy them too.

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Caramel Apple Salad, Awesome dessert recipe to use fresh apples

We all have our “weak spot” I can pass up most desserts… but put me near a caramel apple and I am willing to fight for it.  So this recipe for Caramel Apple Salad is one of my favorites for sure.   I might also be guilty from hiding the left overs in the very back of the refrigerator where my children can not find it.  So I can enjoy it, with a big ole spoon in my pj’s later that night (hey don’t judge me lol).

You will need

  • 3 (2 1/4 ounce) Snickers candy bars chopped
  • 4 large  apples, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces ( I like to use Granny Smith or FUGI)
  • 1 (12 ounce) container Cool Whip
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup buttermilk

In a bowl whip the buttermilk and the dry pudding mix. Once mixed fold in the Cool Whip, then stir in the apples and candy-bar pieces.  Cover then chill for at least an hour.  You can garnish with a a few pieces of candy-bar and apples.   Grab a big spoon and enjoy!

Thanks to my Mother inlaw for this recipe, she has made it for years and it is a family favorite for sure!

Caramel Apple Salad, Awesome dessert recipe to use fresh apples

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