Monday, July 4, 2011

Still looking for last minute 4th of July ideas or food? Check out some of my favorites.

The last minute prep going on for today's holiday can be stressful, exciting and completely crazy! This year, luckily for me all my preparation is over already. I took the boys to the neighbors' party last night for a little bit, it was a mixed bag for the two of them but, I think they enjoyed it. So, today is just about parades and firework shows tonight. Which allows me to share with you some of my favorite things shared by great bloggers like Cheryl from Tidy Mom, Laurie from Tip Junkie, etc.

First up, was the neighborhood boys' favorite! The Patriotic Popsicle was a HUGE hit! 
In our household, any milk protein and strawberries are a big no no. So, instead, I used some soy ice cream. Slightly melted it, put it into molds and used raspberries and blueberries instead. Not a single boy out there and let me tell you this neighborhood only boasts 2 girls for the dozen plus boys in a 1 block radius, loved these and never noticed it was soy ice cream!

Next up, again an allergy, food intolerance friendly recipe, is Almost Vegan's Summer Berries and Vanilla Sweet Cream.

Again, food allergies prohibited us from using strawberries but, I just again substituted raspberries for strawberries. I even cheated though, and added this atop one of my son's special brand of pancakes I blogged about in a previous post. Which again was a hit amongst the boys of the neighborhood and even the adults were loving this.

Nomnomnom! blogged about a Gluten Free Shortcake with Berries and Coconut Cream. A rather yummy treat for everyone!
Again, I used raspberries in place of strawberries. Another thing, it called for margarine, I used Earth Balance, If you've not tried it, go get it! The best "butter" for Vegans and allergy/food intolerant people I've ever had!

Our Best Bites had some amazing food and printables ready for us too. I always do the pancakes for the boys like this but, their picture was MUCH prettier! :P Here is the link to check out all their great links and ideas!

Speaking of printables, holy fireworks Batman! Jen from Tatertots and Jello has us all covered!
She has EVERY single one I found on my own or through another person! Here is the link, to head over there and check out the dozen plus cute printable ideas she passed on. Still looking for red, white and blue food? Jen still has you covered! Here, is the link to her post for yummy looking festive food. I think I speak for thousand of her loyal followers when I say, Thank you Jen!! :)

Another great resource, was Cheryl's, I'm Lovin' It Wrap Up - 4th of July Ideas. There were some really cute ideas there, like the Patriotic Crunch!

I saw these passed on from Tip Junkie but, fell in love with them and had to pass them on myself!
How cute are these?! Click here to go get the printables and see the tutorial.

I could go on and on and on really. I don't want to make this so long that it takes more time to read it then you've got to squeak out a few extra projects, or yummy food! I hope that you find something worth while in what I've shared and that you and your families have a safe, happy holiday!


  1. I'm so glad you made and enjoyed the vanilla sweet cream! Psst - I like raspberries more than strawberries anyhow ;) Thanks for the linkage!

  2. Anytime, you've made the boys' day! :)