Friday, June 29, 2012

4th of July Round-up

 Well being that the Fourth of July is just a few days away and that the weekend is coming up, I thought I would do a special round-up for all your exciting parties and gatherings. Here are 10 recipes you can whip-up to impress your guests and family by keeping the fun theme of red, white, and blue!

1. Strawberry Blueberry Poke Cake

This fantastic cake uses fresh fruit and jello to create a delicious, yet healthy dessert to serve at your get-together. Find the recipe here.

4th of July Strawberry Blueberry Poke Cake!

2. Strawberry, Blueberry, Jicama Salsa

This is a great choice as the flavor combination is delightful with the sweet berries and crunchy jicama, & a little heat (optional). Plus this recipe is easy, quick, and a great appetizer. Serve with baked chips or go to the extent of making some cinnamon sugar covered ones, yum!

3. American Flag Toast:

Recreate the American flag with your toast using this is a fun and kid-friendly treat for breakfast or an afternoon snack as its sure to be filling, healthy, and you probably already have most of the ingredients. 

4. Red, White, and Blueberry Truffle

Who could possibly resist this incredible trifle made with summer fresh blueberries and strawberries, decadent white chocolate pudding, airy angle food cake and some cream. This just happens to be a healthy dessert indulgence, so feel guiltless as your feed your guests this beautiful mixed berry trifle dessert.

5. Berry Waffles

What a fun breakfast or brunch get-together by serving some delicious and a big favorite, waffles! Set up an assembling and allow guests to top with their favorites. Although using some fresh strawberries and blueberries, yogurt or for a more decadent choice, whip cream, you have created a fun 4th of July treat! Recipe spotted here.

6. Patriotic Fruit Skewers

This is a perfect fresh and cool summer appetizer to serve to guest by simple cutting and skewing on some juicy watermelon, honey dew, jicama, or a banana even, strawberry or raspberries, and a sweet little blueberry to top of the red,white, and blue colors that so proudly represent our country. 


7.  Red, White, and Blue Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse

Impress you guests with this heavenly treat combining all your favorites into one patriotic dessert. Recipe found here.

Red White and Blue Cake Pie from Foodie Crush

8.  Berry Cheesecake Pops

Create these perfect pops for those hot summer days by using this recipe or substituting the cream cheese for some Greek yogurt and any berries your heart so ever desires. The kids will surely love this treat, but I am sure adults too would love a guilt-free cool treat after that rico BBQ. 

cherry cheesecake popsicles, clean eating, dessert, blueberry cheesecake popsicles, popsicles

9.  Frozen Banana Pops

Or you can simply make these for a special treat to serve by dipping bananas in chocolate and coating them in red, white, and blue sprinkles to rest in the freezer until ready to eat. Healthy, perfect indulgence, and a fun treat that any banana lover would enjoy. Check out the recipe here.

10. Patriotic Rice Crispie Treats

Wow your guests with these super fun treats with just a few ingredients and easy steps you can create a Fourth of July snack that every kid loves, and you would be surprised how many of your friends too would grab one of these tasty little guys too. Recipe tutorial here.

11. Fun & Free Forth of July Printables 

Go over the top with these great &  free printables.  to wow all your guests with your creativity and festive party. From invitations to labels you can decorate your get-together with perfect pairings to your special 4th of July Treats and even create to-go bags for your guests to fill extra special.
Freebie July 4th Invitations and Gift Tag Printables on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Have a blessed weekend and may you enjoy some quality time with your friends and family!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mediterranean flat bread or a Mini-pizza

Using the Basic Flat bread recipe from yesterday's post, I created a Mediterranean flat bread or I like to call it a mini-pizza! You could simply add any flavors you like and turn it into any flavor pizza. I didn't have any tomatoes, but would have definitely added them on if I had. Another suggestion is some feta cheese or any for that matter-- I stuck with plain and simple, using hummus as the sauce base. This is a quick & easy snack/meal, as well as so delicious!

Mediterranean Pizza: (serves 1)
1 flat bread w/ cumin spice
2 tbs hummus
alfalfa sprouts
1/4 green bell pepper
1 onion slice
1/2 tomato, sliced
sprinkle feta cheese or any(optional)

Spread hummus on top of flat bread. Add pepper, olives, onion, tomato, and cheese (if using) on top. Place inside a toaster oven for a few minutes until slightly crisp. Add alfalfa sprouts, slice into 4 triangles and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Basic Flat bread

This flat bread is so simple and is a great basic for any meal or snack! Dip it into hummus, turn it into a garlic flat bread, sandwich wrap or as a base for a pizza or if you roll it out thin enough, you can make a tortilla. You only need 5 ingredients to make these versatile breads and they are relatively healthy using a minimal amount of oil and you could also easily replace half the flour with whole wheat. The husband and I loved these and enjoyed getting creative with how we could eat them-- mixing in spices, adding toppings, pairing with meals. I make them often and we eat them up with in a couple days as they don't have a long shelf life. 

Basic Flat Bread: (8 servings)
from Snixy Kitchen 
2 cups of flour +  rolling
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
¾ cups warm milk
spices & seasoning (optional)

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the vegetable oil and combine. Continue to mix with a wooden spoon or electric mixer, slowly add the warm milk and combine.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured cutting board and knead for a couple of minutes, until the dough is soft. Roll the dough into a ball and put it in a medium bowl. Rest, covered with plastic wrap, for 20 minutes.
Split the dough into eight pieces and roll each into a ball. Place the dough balls on a plate so that they aren’t touching and let rest, covered with plastic wrap, for 10 more minutes.
Using a rolling pin, roll a ball until 1/4- 1/2 in thick or desired thickness on a lightly floured cutting board. Top with desired seasonings or flavors at this point. Transfer to a plate and keep covered while your roll out the rest. Repeat until you’ve rolled out all eight. Heat a cast iron skillet on high or any pan, however the cast iron is best. Cook each for about 45 seconds, then flip. Heat for an additional 30 seconds on the second side, until it puffs up a little. Transfer to a plate and keep covered while you cook the rest.

Whisk dry ingredients together until well combined.
Add oil and mix.
While stirring, slowly pour in milk.
Combine wet & dry ingredients.
At this point, begin to use your hands to combine.
Form a giant ball.
Begin to knead for a few minutes on a floured surface.
Dough should be soft and easily mold-able.
Cover w/ plastic wrap for 20 minutes.
Form into 8 dough balls, cover w/ plastic and let sit for another 20 minutes.     
Roll out each dough ball on a floured surface about 1/4 in thick.
Add seasonings (optional) & continue to roll out.

Heat skillet on high, cook for 45 seconds, should start to bubble.
Flip & cook for another 30 seconds, until slightly browned.
Now be creative and eat as you like :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Our Cabo Weekend Getaway

The hubby and I were beyond blessed to receive an a special gift of  a sweet weekend getaway to Cabo San Lucas, which is just about 1.5 hrs away from us. We had such a lovely time, enjoying the luxuries of a hotel! The weather was so nice, so much cooler than La Paz, really good pressure showers with hot water, and access to a full gym. The place even had a full kitchen, so we made sure to use that up and brought some food along, as well as stopped at the grocery store to buy a few things. We were also walking distance from the main town area, so we took a couple trips to just walk around and enjoy the city. We also took the opportunity to soak up the sun by the poolside to enjoy our readings and at night relaxed in the steaming Jacuzzi, and of course cherished the the nice air conditioned room. It was such a delightful trip and we couldn't be more grateful to our dear friends who blessed us with such an opportunity. 

Walking into town and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Of course we had to make a long overdue stop to Starbucks...
although one is opening-up here in La Paz any day!
Enjoying some virgin Margaritas (as we both don't drink).


  Enjoying our night out with some delicious shrimp dinners-- Bruschetta              Shrimp & Curried Shrimp.

 It was such a sweet little vacation that we indeed enjoyed to the fullest! Have a blessed week!