By Guest Blogger Kristi Marion, a writer with Forsyth Family magazine
Happy 4th of July! Whether for a picnic, party or summer snack, make your table red white & blue for the holiday with help from the kids! Did you know that the first public Independence Day celebration in our country happened at Old Salem?
Firecracker Hot Dogs
- 1 can refrigerated breadstick dough
- 16 hot dogs
- 16 thick slices Colby jack cheese
- 16 skewers
- star cookie cutter
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pierce the hot dogs through the center lengthwise with a wooden skewer, leaving about 1.5 inches of exposed skewer at the top (to place the cheese star on later).
- Twist a piece of breadstick dough in a spiral around the hot dog from top to bottom, leaving space (dough not touching). Repeat with all of the hot dogs.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
- Cut the cheese using a star cookie cutter. When hot dogs are cool, place a star atop each of the hot dog skewers.
- Consider displaying them in a clear vase, in glasses, or in a Styrofoam block to make them stand up.
Red, White & Blue Salad
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup strawberries, diced
- ½ watermelon, cubed
- 4 tsp. mint leaves, chopped
- 1 large lime, juiced
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 Tbsp. honey (optional)
- After dicing the ingredients indicated above, toss.
- Stir the lime juice into the honey and drizzle as dressing over the salad mixture.
Red White & Blue Stained Glass Jell-O
- 1 large box red Jell-O gelatin (any flavor)
- 1 large box blue Jell-O gelatin (any flavor)
- 2 packs of plain gelatin
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- In two separate baking dishes prepare one of the flavored Jell-Os, stirring in one cup of hot water with the package contents until dissolved, and refrigerate each overnight.
- Cut the Jell-Os into small cubes.
- Arrange and mix the Jell-O cubes in a separate 9 x 13 baking dish, preferably one with a lid for carrying and storing.
- In a mixing bowl, pour the 2 packs of plain gelatin into 2 cups of hot water and stir until dissolved.
- Stir the can of sweetened condensed milk into the plain gelatin mixture, mixing well.
- Cool until at room temperature, then pour condensed milk mixture over the cubed Jell-O and refrigerate for 7 hours.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
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