We aren’t ones that ever go to 4th of July parties. We usually just hang in most of the day, unless we know of something going on, and then around 5pm or so, pack up the car and head down to our local high school for the evening fireworks and a few other festivities.
This year will likely be the same, but I did think it would be fun to try some easy treats with them to help us celebrate. Plus, I’m feeling like some treats myself lately! A good mixture of healthy and fun treats sounded like a good idea.
Easy is key as well. So, two or three ingredients and two tools sounds like a good gameplan to me! Plus, this is a great task for the kiddos! All you need is a watermelon (sliced), blueberries, marshmallows if you’d like, skewers, and a star cookie cutter.
First, slice the watermelon into full round slices. This is a mommy task.
Then, grab the cookie cutter and start cutting out star shapes from the watermelon. Just make as many as you are thinking you’ll want/need. We were only planning on making enough for us so 5-6 will do it.
Next the kids will want to put about 10 blueberries on the skewer.
Top it off with the watermelon start and it’s a cute, edible sparkler!
Next favorite is cookies! Ummm yummm… And cookie bars are even better!!!
Now, while these were uncomplicated, they are VERY chocolatey so be warned!
Here’s what you need:
2 sticks of butter
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
1 cup m&ms
1 cup mini chocolate chips
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
And prep your 9×11 baking dish by lining it with foil and spraying the foil with the cooking spray.
Then mix the sugar, brown sugar, and softened butter together in a bowl. Make sure it’s large enough for all the ingredients.
Once that’s mixed well, add in the 3 eggs and vanilla.
Mix together in a separate small bowl, the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add this to the large bowl and mix. We did about one cup at a time.
Once you’ve added all the flour mixture, add the m&ms and chocolate chips.
Spread the mixture into the foiled pan. Add a few extra m&ms to the top for decoration.
Cook for 35-40 min. Check it towards the end. Ours took a little longer to cook all the way through.
And yummy yummy! Chocolate Holiday Greatness! I mean, who doesn’t love a cookie bar?!?
And last, another kid friendly one! All mommy needs to do is melt the chocolate!
I don’t know about your kids, but mine love cherries. I remember eating that fruit salad that came from a can as a kid and always hunting out the cherries. We usually have maraschino cherries on hand for sundaes so I thought this would be fun and super easy!
And that it was, all we did was lay out some parchment paper, melt the white chocolate candies, and pour the blue sprinkles in a small bowl.
Even Olive participated in this…
And lets just add that this does not HAVE to be kid friendly… It can be adultified! Just let the cherries soak in vodka over night 🙂 Yum Yumm…