festive, patriotic treats {in no time}

Ok, so it is almost here–the big summer holiday.  The Fourth of July.  And maybe you were invited to a party/gathering.  Maybe you said you would bring a dish.  Maybe you want to show off your Martha-skills and bring something with some wow-factor..something, say, red, white, and/or blue?  Have no fear.  You can do it.  And it won’t take you all afternoon…

Here are some of my favorite super-fast, festive foods I have come across, shining with Independence Day spirit…

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1.  I love how easy, portable, and not-so-messy these Brownie and Fruit Kebabs are.  I have seen the ‘cake’ version out there too.  No forks or plates needed! (via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)

2.  If you have a little extra time, really wow your host/guests with red, white, and blue 4th of July Strawberries.  They are in season and would make a gorgeous display.  (via The Sisters Cafe)

3.  Speaking of kebabs…how adorable are the watermelon and blueberry Fourth of July Wands?  I love the health-food factor!  The Circus Berry family will definitely have these on July 4th! (via Weelicious)

4. Need a cool party favor, or something the kids will LOVE?  Dynamite Twizzlers.  Perfect!  (via Hershey’s)

5.  Red and Blue sports drinks.  Easy-peasy. (via Circus Berry)

6.  This Patriotic Parfait is another great (mostly) health food option.  Layer it in individual glasses, a trifle bowl, shot glasses…any of those would be great.  I think I will be swapping yogurt for the whipped cream for a fab, festive breakfast!  (via Betty Crocker)

7.  Pretzel Sparklers.  These really speak to me.  Salty, sweet, and something the kids can do too.  A great use for my extra star sprinkles too!  (via A Pinch of Glitter)

Easy is good, right?  Grab one or any combo of these fast ideas for a very festive Fourth.

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cinco de mayo cupcakes

Happy Cinco de Mayo.  When I was working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a school district, I would often times pick seasonal themes to work on listening comprehension and such…so I happen to know that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, which was a huge, much needed, boost to their sense of patriotism and pride…just in case you didn’t know.  In celebration of our Mexican heritage (just kidding, we aren’t of hispanic descent), we are having a day of margaritas, mexican food, and best of all…

Margarita Cupcakes

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I used the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker, with a little tweak to the frosting (i.e. more tequila, more sugar, more lime juice) to taste.  The cake is amazing…especially with the little bit of tequila soaked in.  The frosting…I am not even going to get into how much I wanted to eat it with a spoon.  You can smell the lime from across the room!  And the toppers…crepe paper rolled around toothpicks and cut into fringe.  Now we are ready!  Arriba!!!

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Inspiring your Fiesta,

Anne

Lucky, Magic Seeds

Just in case you needed a little Luck o’ the Irish lately…

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Now, It does say “Enjoy for Good Luck” on this package of magical, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds.  I do warn you however, the immediate magic you will feel will be the overwhelming desire to keep eating said “magical, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds” until you get a stomach ache.  Resist the urge!  I speak from experience.

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* I used 3×4.75″ bags for this festive little package.

Enjoy (But not too much at once…remember…stomach ache!)

Anne

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