4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas


4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas

The 4th of July is just around the corner!  Here are some fun 4th of July food ideas and recipes to make your BBQ or celebration deliciously patriotic.

Independence Punch from Big Bear’s Wife

Fruit Infused Water from The Seasoned Mom

4th of July Brownie Bites from Creations by Kara

Patriotic Popcorn Crunch from This Mama Loves

Patriotic Trifle Bowl from Glued To My Crafts

Red, White & Blue Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches from Snappy Gourmet

American Flag Cheesecake from Grub Geek

Fourth of July Pudding Pops from The Grant Life

Patriotic 4th of July S’mores from Club Chica Circle

Lemonade Cake from bebe a la mode designs

American Flag Cake from All Recipes

Red, White & Cool Cubes from Parents

Red, White & Blue Fruit Tart from Mountain Mama Cooks

Red, White & Blue Star Cookie Towers from Bake at 350

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts from A Pumpkin & A Princess

July 4th Layered Drinks from In Katrina’s Kitchen

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse from Foodiecrush

Red, White & Blue Funfetti Sandwich Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

4th of July Sprite Drinks with Red, White & Blue Kool-Aid Cubes from Food, Family & Finds

Patriotic Polka Dot Milkshakes from Celebrations


Red, White & Blue Breakfast from Queen Bee Coupons


Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches from Queen Bee Coupons

Do you have a favorite 4th of July recipe? Or do you have a favorite 4th of July tradition?  Share them with us in the comments!

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumpling Soup recipe - Creamy chicken soup with dumplings, peas and carrots

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Crockpot Chicken and Dumpling Soup

It’s a rare night when I make something in the crockpot and we’re able to eat. it. all. in one night. But this Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup was so good that we didn’t have any trouble! We had company over for dinner – and they loved it, too! Everyone had second helpings.

I also cannot emphasize how EASY this recipe was. From throwing in frozen chicken breasts to pre-made biscuits, it doesn’t get much easier than this. I think I could reasonably throw this together before heading out the door to take the kids to school. AND it’s inexpensive – you can find coupons for the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth and Grands biscuits!


5 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, frozen (we used four whole ones)
3 tablespoons butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
4 cups chicken broth
1 sweet onion diced (we used a regular onion)
3 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried tarragon (we used rosemary because we didn’t have tarragon)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 8ct pkg Grands flaky layer biscuits

We also added diced carrots and some frozen peas.


  1. Throw all the ingredients (except for the biscuits) into a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Remove chicken and shred with two forks.
  4. Cut biscuits into small pieces. You can pull about the different layers. I went for smaller sizes so that they would cook faster and not be doughy.
  5. Add uncooked biscuit pieces back to soup, then add the shredded chicken.
  6. Stir it up, so all the dough and chicken is submerged in liquid.
  7. Cook for an extra 45 minutes on high.
  8. Stir again and serve!


Do you make chicken and dumpling soup in the crockpot? What’s your favorite variation?

Here are other Slow Cooker Crockpot recipes we’ve recently posted:

(Original source: Bubble Crumb)

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Seahawks Party Ideas

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Seahawks Party Ideas

It’s no secret that we are hardcore Seahawks fans in our house. Just for fun I came up with a list of recipes, foods and drinks I think would be fun a Seahawks party.  I’d love to hear what your favorite Seahawks-style foods would be, too!


Blue and Green rice Krispies

Make three (or more smaller batches of Rice Krispies) and color them with food coloring. Layer them in a non-stick pan, preferably sprayed with non-stick baking spray. Add in blue or green sprinkles or Skittles. Get the details for Seahawks Rice Krispies Treats here.


Russell Sprout Cheesy Dip

Think artichoke dip. But with brussell sprouts instead of artichokes. In honor of Seattle’s main man Russell Wilson this gooey dip can be served with crostinis, crackers or bread. Get recipe for Russells Sprouts cheesy dip here.



Seahawk salad with blueberries

Watergate salad is such a very easy salad. And it’s green. Add blueberries and you have a green and blue dessert “salad.” My kids LOVE this recipe. Get the recipe for Seahawks Salad with Blueberries here.

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My Family’s FAVORITE Thanksgiving recipes


I love Thanksgiving recipes – good ole home cooking. . .so I thought I’d share my favorite Thanksgiving recipes that I’ve posted in the past.


If you’re going to brine a turkey, here is my post on how to brine a turkey.


And if you prefer ham (or have both!), this recipe for a Crockpot Spiral Ham could not get any easier!


And I love mashed potatoes – and this Crockpot Mashed Potato recipe saves you from leaning over a pot of boiling water in a hot kitchen while you’re juggling a million other things.


But if you prefer baked over mashed, this Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes recipe is also a cinch (and you could probably sub sweet potatoes, too!)


We make this Roasted Root Vegetables on most holidays – especially on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We love the simple nature of the recipe but the flavor is amazing.


Or this side dish of Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onions. . .

Or this recipe makes a great side dish, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots 

And my mother-in-law usually serves this delicious Cheesy Potato Casserole at holiday (family) dinners – it’s a hit with the kids and the adults and is an easy side dish!


And my Grandma’s roll recipe is a staple in our house. So easy and I think it’s the best roll recipe ever. But I’m a little partial.


And easy and delicious dessert are these No Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes – I would recommend making these ahead and then putting the whipped cream on right before serving.


And for that leftover turkey, make up a batch of this Turkey Noodle Soup. Yum!


You can sub the turkey for the chicken in this Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumpling soup recipe to use up your leftover turkey!


Or. . . for leftover mashed potatoes and turkey, this Turkey Chowder uses both ingredients and is delicious!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes!?! Leave a comment and let me know!

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Slow Cooker Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Crockpot Mashed Potatoes! This recipe is perfect for holiday meals when you have lots of things on the stove top or in the oven. #ThanksgivingPin it here.

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

Crockpot mashed potatoes are now on my list for Thanksgiving this year. I’m done standing over a huge pot of boiling water waiting for my potatoes to cook, while juggling a turkey, gravy and other meal ingredients. I tried these slow cooker mashed potatoes this last week and I’m sold!  I hope you like them, too.


5 pounds of potatoes, peeled and diced 1″ cubes
I used a combination of Yukon gold and Russet

Chicken stock, 1.5 cups

Butter, 2 Tablespoons

Fresh garlic, 2 cloves, minced

Sour cream, 1.5 cups

Optional – parmesan cheese, chives, cheese and more butter!


1.) Peel your potatoes and dice them into 1 – 2″ inch pieces

2.) Toss potatoes into slow cooker

3.) Pour chicken stock over potatoes. Add butter and garlic to the slow cooker with the potatoes.


4.) Cook on low for 8 hours

5.) When potatoes have softened, toss in sour cream and mash with a potato masher in the crockpot until the consistency you’d like. (If I had fresh parmesan cheese I would have shredded this and added it at this time to mix in.)

6.) Turn to warm and serve from the crockpot!  Top with your favorite gravy or toppings.

Slow Cooker Crockpot Mashed Potatoes recipe!



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Easy homemade popcorn ball recipe (using JELL-O)

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Originally published in September 2012, I’m sharing again since it’s the season for popcorn balls again!

Ahhh popcorn balls. I guess, back in the old days, back when everybody actually knew everybody (and by that I mean not just Facebook friends) – people would give out homemade popcorn balls on Halloween. My mom has made them every Halloween for as long as I can remember – mostly to send to my Grandma (her mom) who LOVES them.

My mom got this recipe from her aunt Eileen M. It’s not necessarily gourmet and it will rot your teeth. BUT it is very, very yummy and it is very, very easy. Maybe make a batch and bring them to your neighbor, just for old times sake.


20 cups of popped popcorn (air popped is best)

1 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup white sugar

1 small package of JELL-O, any flavor


1.) Bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil. When sugar is dissolved, remove from heat. Be careful you don’t want to burn this stuff.

2.) Stir JELL-O into syrup and sugar mixture.

3.) Put popped corn into a very large mixing bowl and pour the mixture over the popcorn.

4.) Spray hands with a non-stick spray or you could use butter. Anything to grease your hands up so the popcorn doesn’t stick.

5.) Form popcorn into balls. Let harden. Store in Ziploc bags or wrapped in cellophane until ready to eat. Store at room temperature.

Have you made homemade popcorn balls before? What’s your favorite flavor?

(Thank you for the recipe and photo mom. Wish I was up in Alaska to make them with you!)

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Crockpot Lasagna Soup recipe


Oh my goodness. If you like lasagna – you must try this recipe for Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup. It is creamy, rich, cheesy and just like a homemade lasagna – without all the layering and work that comes with making a lasagna. Not that I’ve ever made a lasagna before, I should confess to that. But now that I’ve made lasagna soup – in my slow cooker of all things – I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to make a labor intensive lasagna! Why bother! I think this would be a perfect meal to make on a Sunday and invite all your family over for dinner. They’ll be super impressed and you’ll be happy because you spent so little time in the kitchen.

Okay, I’ll stop raving about it now and just get right into the recipe.


19 ounces italian sausage links, cut into bite-size pieces
This is the typical size for the Johnsonville italian sausage packages. If you have more, or less, it won’t matter much. Just add what you have or however much you want.

1 onion diced finely
My husband could live without this all together. They still have a bit of crunch even after 8 hours in the crockpot. Your call.

5 garlic cloves minced

1 Tablespoon dried Oregano

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

One (1) 6 oz can of tomato paste

Two (2) 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
I used oregano, basil flavored tomatoes. Most recipes call for a 28-oz can of fire-roasted tomatoes, but I didn’t have this on hand. So I added a 4-oz can of fire-roasted chilies for that smokey flavor. If you use the fire-roasted tomatoes, you could probably leave out the 4 ounces of chilies.

One (1) 4 oz can of fire-roasted green chilies

2 bay leaves

6 Cups chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste

10-12 ounces uncooked pasta
I used shells, but you could use whatever kind you have on hand!

Ricotta and shredded mozzarella cheese for topping



1.) In a large slow cooker (6 quart or larger probably) combine all the ingredients except pasta and cheeses. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

2.) For the last 30 minutes of cooking, add in your uncooked pasta.

3.) When ready to serve, ladle into bowls and add a dollop of ricotta and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. If you want to get fancy you can put it under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until the cheese has melted and started to brown. I admit – I tried this and nearly burned my cheese and the bowl was so hot, it was difficult to manage. I recommend just adding the cheese and stirring it in to melt. It won’t look as pretty, but it’s a lot less work.

You can also serve with garlic bread. I burned mine, so the chickens are eating it now. 🙂

Thanks to Back to Her Roots for the inspiration for this recipe!

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Come back and tell me what you think about it! I hope you like it as much as we did!


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Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili


Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili

This Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe is amazing! I admit, I was a little leery when I read that it had pumpkin puree in it. I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin (don’t shoot me!) – but I was told it wouldn’t have an overwhelming pumpkin flavor – so I went for it, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a gorgeous, bright chili that feels like you’re serving up a bowll full of fall. And the pumpkin adds a creaminess that I haven’t found with other chili recipes. Not to mention the added nutrients from the pumpkin puree.

I used my homemade pumpkin puree that was super easy to make.


2 pounds of ground turkey

1/2 tsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon, chili powder

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoon, cumin

1 teaspoon, oregano

2 cans white northern beans or navy beans (15 oz), rinsed and drained

2 cups chicken broth

15 oz pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin filling)
Make your own with a $0.99 Sugar Pumpkin – here’s my tutorial for homemade pumpkin puree. I actually threw my into the crockpot frozen, since I had frozen the puree in 1 cup increments.

4.0 oz – 4.5 oz canned chopped green chili

salt and pepper to taste

Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, chives, sour cream, avocados, chips


1.) Heat a large saute pan over high heat and lightly spray with oil. Add ground turkey and cook, at least five minutes, until lightly browned.

2.) Add cooked turkey to slow cooker

3.) Add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker.

4.) Cover and cook on high for four (4) hours or low for eight (8) hours

5.) Remove bay leaves, adjust seasoning to taste and serve!

This recipe was sent in by Jenny W as part of our Crock-tober series. Send in your recipe and if I feature your recipe on the blog you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card! 

(Source: Skinny Taste)

Here are other Slow Cooker Crockpot recipes we’ve recently posted:

See Amazon’s best selling slow cookers and Crockpots here

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NFL Appetizer Trays (2-Pack) – $19.99 ($29.99 value)

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NFL Appetizer Trays (2-Pack)

Plan early for your game day parties with these NFL Appetizer Trays (2-Pack) from Groupon Goods for $19.99 (reg. $29.99).  Lots of teams available, including the Seahawks!

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Find it here: NFL Appetizer Trays (2-Pack)

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15 Foil Meal Recipes – Foil cooking for camping, grilling

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Foil Meal Recipes

If you’re cooking in fire pits and on barbecues this weekend checkout these foil meal recipes. Foil meals – made by cooking in foil packets – can be an easy way to cook on flames, without messes or extra dishes! Using foil you can do one-pot meals, desserts, breakfasts and more.

15 Foil Meal Recipes:

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabob Packs from Life Made Delicious

Warm and Melty Cheese Dip from Echoes of Laughter

Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Five Little Chefs

Mediterranean Salmon in Foil Packets from The Seasoned Mom

Baked Herb Salmon from The Mommy-Files

Chicken Fajitas from Cook Clean Craft

Barbecued Apple Crisp from Cooking with Jax

Foil Packet Hot Dogs from Growing Up Gabel

Green Chile Cheese Fries from Buried Carrots

Barbecue Chicken and Potatoes from Jamie Cooks it Up!

Grilled Packet Potatoes from Spoonful

Campfire Quesadillas from Dirty Gourmet

Chicken Foil Dinner from Don’t Eat Wheat

Tin Foil Chicken Fajitas from One Sweet Appetite


And one of my favorites – Grilled Halibut with Lemon and Capers from Queen Bee Coupons!

Do you like to cook using foil packets? Do you have favorite foil meal recipes? I’d love for you to share your favorite recipes using tin foil packets.


Other resources for tin foil meals (from Amazon): 

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Tomato and Avocado Lime Salad (Relish, Salsa) recipe

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Tomato, Avocado Lime salad

What could this be . . . a recipe?!? Oh yes, my friends – I still have a kitchen and I still eat food, although you won’t know it from the lack of recipes on the blog lately!

But I got a little motivation this morning and made up this Tomato, Avocado Lime salad – and I can’t decide if it’s a salad, a relish or a salsa. You’ll have to make it and decide for yourself.

With summer season on the horizon, tomatoes should be easy to find under $1/lb and avocados should be under $1 each (check WinCo for the best price!). Making this an inexpensive salad to whip up on a hot summer day when you don’t want to cook.

I’m going to suggest – eating it like a salad, topping your burger with it, scooping it with chips or using as a relish on grilled chicken (or fish). But of course, you can do whatever you want with it.


2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced finely (I used tomatoes on the vine)

1 firm avocado, diced

1 yellow (or orange) pepper, seeded and diced finely

1/3 cup diced red onion, diced finely

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice (or be a rebel and use lemon)

salt and pepper to taste

optional – a pinch of cumin


1.) Dice up all your ingredients. Toss into bowl.

2.) Add olive oil, vinegar and lime juice. Salt to taste.

3.) Eat while it’s fresh!

The lime juice should keep the avocados from discoloring. The balsamic vinegar gives the whole salad a darker look – but the flavor can’t be missed!


Adopted from this Food.com recipe.


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Crockpot Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with pineapple

Slow Cooker Crockpot Ham. This is an easy way to make ham - especially spiral ham!Pin it

Slow Cooker Crockpot Spiral Ham

You can’t really screw up a ham. And when you toss it into a crockpot, it really feels like cheating. I’ve been wanting to try cooking a Crockpot Spiral Ham for awhile and I’m glad I gave it a try. This Crockpot ham recipe calls for pineapple and brown sugar so it definitely comes out tasting sweet – perhaps like a Honey Baked ham? I’m only guessing since I’ve never had one.


Spiral Ham with glaze packet
You would ideally want it to fit in your slow cooker. Mine was about 10 pounds in a 6 quart crockpot.

Pineapple bits in can, with juice, 20 oz

2 Cups brown sugar

1 Cup Ginger Ale

Crock pot Slow Cooker Ham

How to prepare

1.) Line the bottom of the crockpot with two cups of brown sugar. Some recipes call for three, that seems like an awful lot.

2.) Place ham, slices down (flush with the flat bottom of the crock)

3.) Sprinkle the ham glaze powder (comes with most spiral hams) over the ham

4.) Pour full can of pineapple bits into crockpot with juice. Pouring over the ham and glaze powder.

5.) Pour a cup of Ginger Ale over the ham

6.) Place lid on top of ham and cook on low for 4-6 hours until it’s heated through
If the ham is too big to fit in the crockpot, you can cover it with aluminum foil – for a makeshift lid. Or you can cut off the top part of the ham and shove it into the side of the crockpot. Whatever works – as long as it can be covered.

7.) Serve with some of the juice from the crockpot and it’ll be great!

Crockpot Spiral Ham Slow Cooker recipe

If you overcook this it will be dry. Basically you want to give it enough time to soak up some of the juice and heat up! Don’t even think about putting it on anything higher than low. And don’t go playing with it – the more you move it around the more it’s likely to shred and break apart.

Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe, with pineapple

I hope you like it! 


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