4th of July {in three ingredients}

I hope you had an amazing 4th of July! We had fun with our family and friends, which of course included a cookout. I love to cook and to bake, but sometimes, I just want to make something really simple – especially when I’m bringing it to someone else’s home. So today I’m sharing a few simple ideas for some three-ingredient, patriotic cookout contributions.

Fruit Salad

This is an obvious summer favorite, but you can keep it super simple with watermelon, blueberries, and bananas if you’re stick with a red, “white,” and blue theme. Add in strawberries, apples, pears, and anything else you love! And cutting watermelon into stars is fun for the kids, and for the adults.

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Chocolate M&M Pretzels

Remember these beauties? I love these because every holiday has its own themed m&m’s, which makes it easy to create a treat that is holiday-appropriate. Substitute the m&ms with red, white, and blue ones to go patriotic. And if you like caramel, try using rolos instead of hershey kisses!


Flag Kabobs

These are even more fun than star-shaped watermelon for the kiddos. Simply use kabob skewers with marshmallows, blueberries, and either strawberries, cherries, or raspberries (or all of them!) to create a fun little display. Let me know if you’re able to make yours with straighter lines than I did…


What else? Do you have a favorite, easy, summer trick when it comes to all the cookouts and holidays? Please share!

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Baked Brie

I can hardly believe that it took me nearly 24 years to finally attempt my own baked brie. So here it finally is! And so easy, too.  All I did was set a wheel of brie on rolled out crescent roll dough (I trimmed some extra, then flipped the whole thing to hide the seam–the trimmings worked great to make a few strips on the top), smother it with jam and honey, wrap it up, and sprinkle with brown sugar and almonds. Just bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Doesn’t this look delicious?

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Yummy with fruit and crackers…
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Nothing beats cheese, wine, and friends!

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Tasty Tuesday: Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble



Summer officially begins when I start craving fruity desserts. Since living in the south, rhubarb has been scarce. But Roomate K and I were able to hunt some down 🙂 She made a fabulous pie, and I made Strawberry-Rhubarb Cumble (thanks for the recipe Annette).


Is it summer for you? Here’s what you’ll need to make this summertime dessert:

3 cups strawberries
3 cups rhubarb
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch

3/4 cups quick rolled oats
1/4 cups wheat flour
1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons soft margarine


Just mix up your filling, pour it in a well-sprayed 13×9 pan, top, and bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes (or until fruit is tender). Enjoy!!!!