July 4th Dessert Ideas

July 4th dessert ideas

Who is ready for fireworks?  I am!  July 4th is right around the corner and if you’re looking for July 4th dessert ideas then I’ve got what you need! Whether you want fast and easy or a little more time consuming, these treats are sure to please any guests at a July 4th celebration!

july cupcakes

Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches

July shortcake

All American Shortcake

july flagBerry American Flag

july peanut treatsNo Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

july popcornPatriotic Popcorn Crunch

Be on the lookout for more July 4th Dessert ideas in the next month-I am planning on sharing several of mine!

If you like these July 4th Dessert Ideas, you may want to check out:

July 4th Dessert Ideas:  Patriotic Bananas

4th of July Craft:  Toilet Paper Fireworks

4th of July Party Decoration:  Patriotic Utensil Holder

4th of July Party Decorations (tons of ideas)

July 4th Dessert Ideas: Patriotic Bananas

bananas done

 

 

Are you thinking ahead to 4th of July? My sons are already asking, “When do we get to see fireworks?”.  So the other day I helped them make a July 4th Dessert ideas-some delicious patriotic bananas!

I’ve got a lot more July 4th Dessert ideas coming up in the next month so keep an eye out!

July 4th Dessert Ideas:  Patriotic Bananas

banana ingredients

Ingredients:
Bananas
White Frosting
Red and Green Sprinkles
Popsicle Sticks

Directions:

1.  Cut Bananas in half and insert popsicle sticks.
2.  Cover bananas in frosting.
3.  Sprinkle 1/3 of banana with red sprinkles and another 1/3 with blue sprinkles.

If you like these patriotic bananas, you’ll love these:

4th of July Party Decoration

July 4th Dessert Ideas

4th of July Party Decorations:  Patriotic Utensil Holder

4th of July Craft:  Toilet Paper Fireworks

 

Weight Watchers Meatloaf

meatloaf

My husband and I have never been fans of meatloaf but this Weight Watchers Meatloaf is AWESOME!  Even my kids loved it!  The best part?  You make it in the slow cookerso all you have to do is mix it up, stick it in the crockpot and walk away!  And at only 4 Weight Watchers points a serving, you can enjoy it and not feel any guilt!

Weight Watchers Meatloaf

Ingredients

1lb of Ground Chicken
3 Tablespoons Egg White
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Red Potato Finely Shredded
1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
Basil, Oregano, Pepper, Garlic Powder To Taste

Directions:

1.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

meatloaf mix
2.  Shape the mixture to form a loaf that will fit in your slow cooker.
3.  Cover top of loaf with additional ketchup (if desired).
4.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

We served ours with steamed broccoli and this amazingly delicious Quinoa and Brown Rice mixture.  You could easily substitute ground turkey to not change the points that much or change to ground beef as well.  Also, if you wanted to add another red potato shredded and eliminate the bread crumbs, that would not change the taste very much.

If you enjoy this Weight Watchers Meatloaf recipe, you may want to also check out these recipes:

Weight Watchers Taco Soup

Weight Watchers Banana Bread

Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe:  Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

 

 

 

Weight Watchers Taco Soup

weight watchers taco soup

One of the easiest ways to stay on top of your diet and to feel satisfied is to eat hearty soups and stews. This Weight Watchers Taco Soup recipe is one of our favorites thanks to its amazing flavor and low point value for such a large portion. By adding in tons of flavor rich vegetables and a few spices, you can create a soup that feels like a huge meal without wasting your entire days points. Each bowl of this soup weighs in at only 3 Points and is a perfect lunch or hearty evening meal.

WEIGHT WATCHERS TACO SOUP

INGREDIENTS
1 Pound Lean Ground Turkey
1 Small Green Bell Pepper Diced
1 Small Yellow Onion Diced
1 Can Low Sodium Whole Kernel Corn (drained)
1 Can Low Sodium Diced Tomatoes
1 8oz. Can Low Sodium Tomato Sauce
1 Can Low Sodium Kidney Beans (drained)
1 Can Low Sodium Pinto Beans (drained)
1 Tablespoon Cumin
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 Teaspoons Paprika
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
3 Cups Water

DIRECTIONS
1.  In a large stock pot, brown ground turkey. Drain any excess grease/moisture and return to stockpot.
2.  Add in all other ingredients stirring until well incorporated.
3.  Simmer on medium heat for 45 minutes
4.  Each 2 Cup Portion is 3 Weight Watchers Points

This soup goes perfectly into your meal plan each week as a starter for a meal, a great hearty lunch or even a smaller portion as a quick snack when you are feeling the need for a pick me up. The Weight Watchers Taco Soup can be adapted easily to your family preferences with little variance in point calculations. You may omit vegetables your family doesn’t care for and replace with ones they do enjoy. It is also very simple to leave out the ground meat and add an extra can of beans to create a vegetarian dish that everyone will love.

If you like this recipe, you may enjoy:

Lowfat Cheeseburger Pie Recipe

Weight Watchers Banana Bread Recipe

Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe:  Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

Strawberry Pancake Recipe

strawberry pancake recipe

Mother’s Day is in 2 days and what better way to spoil Mom than having a nice strawberry pancake recipe for breakfast in bed?!

The boys and I were able to finally go strawberry picking this week (they’ve been very impatiently waiting) and when I asked what they wanted us to make with the strawberries, they requested strawberry pancakes.  My immediate thought was, “Can I do those?  I’ve made blueberry pancakes, but strawberry ones?”

picked strawberrie

Strawberry Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:
Boxed Pancake Mix (you could definitely make your own mix but I was going for easy)
10 Fresh Strawberries
1.5 Cups Water

Directions:
1.  Slice 4-5 strawberries and add some sugar to them.  Allow them to sit in fridge overnight so that there is a lot of juice.
2. Mix pancake mix and water together.
3. Chop strawberries (my pancakes turned out “ok” and I think they would have been better if I had put the strawberries in a food processor).

mix and berries
4.  Add strawberries to mix.

pancake cook
5.  Cook pancakes and add the strawberries and juice on top.
6.  Enjoy!

Mom will love these pancakes and they will look beautiful while you serve them!

If you’re looking for more Mother’s Day ideas, check out these:

Mother’s Day Freebies and Coupons 2014

Photo Cube

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas $25 of Less

Do you have any tips on making this Strawberry Pancakes recipe even better?  I’d love to hear it!

 

Simple Kids Craft Ideas

sombrero craft

It’s promising to be a rainy week here in Virginia so I am on the lookout for simple kids craft ideas!   Crafting is a great way to help the day go by faster and keep my boys from getting bored from being stuck inside the house!

Here are some of my favorite Simple Kids Craft Ideas that also have perfect timing for Cinco De Mayo and Mother’s Day!

Sombrero Craft

rainbow rice

How To Make Rainbow Rice

pen flowersHow To Make Pen Flowers

wine glass

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts

Or if you’re feeling hungry and would like to spend a little bit of time in the kitchen, check out these recipes:

Healthy Recipes for Kids

Black Beans Brownie Recipe

Weight Watchers Banana Bread Recipe

Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

Healthy Recipes for Kids

healthy recipes for kids

We always try to come up with Healthy Recipes for Kids but with summer coming I know I’ll need to have even more on hand since my oldest will be out of school!

Here is a great roundup of recipes some blogging buddies have shared with me that are both easy and healthy!

Healthy Recipes for Kids

Black Bean Brownie Recipe

rainbow fruit salad

Rainbow fruit salad

mozzarella sticks

Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

homemade chips

Homemade potato chips

orange creamsicle

Orange Creamsicle

No Bake Energy Balls

microwave popcorn

Italian Brown Bag Popcorn

carrot cake cupcakes

No Sugar Carrot Cake Muffins

healthy fruit snacks

Healthy Fruit Snacks

Weight Watchers Banana Bread Recipe

protein bites

Gluten Free Protein Bites

granola bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

You may also like this post with fun crafts for kids!

 

 

 

Free Book: Fruit Infused Water-80 Vitamin Water Recipes!

fruit water

Have you tried fruit infused water?  I am always seeing pictures in my Facebook feed featuring these so I am definitely grabbing this freebie to try some!

Right now you can get the book Fruit Infused Water – 80 Vitamin Water Recipes for Weight Loss, Health and Detox Cleanse (Vitamin Water, Fruit Infused Water, Natural Herbal Remedies, Detox Diet, Liver Cleanse)for FREE!  Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

Here is a brief overview of what’s inside:

  • 80 fruit in fused water recipes for weight loss and health
  • 25 vitamin water recipes that boost your metabolism
  • 25 fruit infused water recipes perfect for the gym and summer
  • 30 fruit infused water recipes with detox properties that are perfect for detox cleanses, liver detox and more
  • No sugars, low cholesterol, no calories, no alcohol
  • Natural herbal remedies in the form of water
  • Much more!

 

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

Black Beans Brownie Recipe

black beans brownie

 

When I first heard about a Black Beans Brownie Recipe I thought there is no way these will be good.  Boy was I wrong!  Not only are they pretty easy to make but they are DELICIOUS! I had to give some away so I wouldn’t eat the whole batch!

Ingredients:
1 Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
9 Tablespoons Egg White Substitute (= 3 eggs)
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (plus a 1/4 cup extra for later)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 and cover 8X8 pan with cooking spray.
2.  Place beans, eggs, and oil in food processor and blend until mixed up completely.
3.  Add remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and blend (I was SHOCKED that it actually came out with a normal brownie mix consistency)!

brownie process

4.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until you can use a toothpick and it comes out clean when checking.
5.  Sprinkle extra chocolate kisses immediately when it comes out of the oven so that they sink in the brownies and melt a little.

If you love this recipe, be sure to check out my Healthy Recipes For Kids post!

Enjoy this delicious black beans brownie recipe and have less guilt-less calories and much more healthy ingredients!

Free Book: Quick 5 Ingredients and/or 15 Minutes Meal Recipes!

quick meals

 

Who doesn’t want a way to cook a delicious meal quick!  I know I do!

Right now you can get the book Quick 5 Ingredients AND/OR 15 Minutes Meal Recipesfor FREE!  Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

Perfect for the family or casual, impromptu get-togethers with friends, all of the ideas in this cookbook are shorter, quicker, and faster so you can serve a smart and fabulous dinner any night of the week. With recipes for soups, sandwiches, salads, meatless main dishes, fish, meats, and poultry, this cookbook simply makes healthy taste great.

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

Easter Cupcake Decorations

Can you believe Easter is right around the corner?!  Finding great Easter Cupcake decorations is a goal this year because my boys both love helping in the kitchen and they love cupcakes!

Here are some ideas for Easter Cupcake Decorations:

easter bunny cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

easter eggs cupcakes

Easter Eggs in the Grass Cupcakes

hidden carrot

Hidden Carrot Cupcakes

marshmallow peepPeep Cupcakes

Some other Easter Cupcake Decorations that you can buy yourself to create your own masterpieces are here:

Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make

Wilton 2104-0380 Easter Bunny Cupcake Decorating Kit

Wilton Bunny with Jelly Bean Icing Decorations

Dress My Cupcake DMC41CC1171 Cross Cookie Cutter, 4-Inch

St Patrick’s Day Brownies

st pats brownies

 

Looking for some green snacks for St. Patrick’s Day?  These St. Patrick’s Day Brownies are not only delicious, but SUPER easy to make!  I normally don’t like boxed mixes and really dislike store bought icing, but we were low on time and had these items in our stockpile.

St. Patrick’s Day Brownies

Ingredients:
Brownie Mix (store bought in a box)
Cream Cheese Icing (store bought)
Green Sprinkles

Directions:
1.  Prepare brownies according to box directions.
2.  Allow to partially cool-but not completely. Use icing to cover the brownies.  If you allow the brownies to cool completely then the icing won’t melt just right.
3.  Add green sprinkles to add that St. Patrick’s Day theme!

 

If you’re looking for other fun St. Patrick’s day activities, check out these fun easy crafts!

Free Book: 50 Delicious Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

gluten free treats

We’ve been trying to cut back a lot on gluten in our menu so this free book makes me excited!

Right now you can get the book Gluten Free Treats Kids Will Love: 50 Delicious Gluten-Free Dessert Recipesfor FREE!  Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

Desserts are what make our meals complete. It’s that sweet something we can indulge on whenever our sweet tooth comes calling, what makes us happy when we feel down or what gives us energy when we need it most.  But things are so different when you have a food allergy and even worse when that is a gluten allergy or intolerance.

Gluten is present in many products found on the market nowadays. Foods that we wouldn’t suspect for a minute may be contaminated with just a tiny amount of gluten – enough to cause an attack. So it’s crucial to make sure everything you eat is gluten free and safe to eat. Sometimes, that means giving up foods you love. Thankfully, that is not the case with desserts, thanks to this book!  The 50 recipes found in this book aim to give you options for healthy desserts that are gluten-free without sacrificing any of the taste or flavor.

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

Lowfat Cheeseburger Pie Recipe

Cheeseburger Pie final

We have always enjoyed making those fun creations using the boxed baking mix and one of the best was the traditional cheeseburger pie. Calorie and fat laden it may be easy and popular but not so diet friendly. I’ve tried many versions of the baking mix and attempted to create my own but still found it to be far outside my calorie or point range. This Lowfat Cheeseburger Pie (and Weight Watcher Friendly version) is a bit different but very satisfying and only 6 Weight Watchers Points per serving. That’s a bit higher than my typical meal but much lower than the 17 points per serving of the traditional variety. I hope you enjoy our adaptation as much as our family does.

 LOWFAT CHEESBURGER PIE

INGREDIENTS
1 4 oz Package Roasted Garlic Instant Mashed Potatoes Unprepared
½ Cup Water
1 Pound Ground Turkey
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
4 Slices 2% American Cheese (fat free can be substituted but does not melt as well)
1 Cup Shredded Iceberg Lettuce
1 Small Tomato Sliced

DIRECTIONS
1.  In pie plate, mix together instant potatoes with water. Will form a paste/dough that can then be pressed into pie plate to form “crust”.
2.  Brown ground turkey seasoning with salt, pepper and garlic.
3.  Drain excess fat/liquid from cooked meat and pour into “crust”.

Cheeseburger Pie Prep 2
4.  Top with cheese slices
5.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust has “set”
6.  Top with lettuce and tomato

Makes 4 servings at 6 Weight Watchers Points each. Crust will not be solid like traditional pie crust and will be slightly crumbly. Scoop this Lowfat Cheeseburger Pie Recipe and serve with fresh salad or preferred vegetables.

If you like this recipe, you’ll be sure to love this Weight Watchers Banana Bread Recipe!