Wednesday, July 1, 2009

4th Of July Treat Ideas

Like I mentioned before Rusty & I will probably be BBQ'ing for 4th of July, however it's quiet possible that Joe and Bonnie, our god-kids (Goober & Tickle Monster) and their parents (Kermit & Em) might stop by to hang out during the day. So, I started surfing the net to try to find inexpensive meals/treats to make for 4th of July.

Here are favorite of the yummy results:

Sparklin' Marshmallow Crispy Treats

What you'll need:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 bag (10-1/2 oz.) JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows (6 cups)
6 cups crisp rice cereal
24 wooden pop sticks
1 tube (0.68 oz.) each: red, white and blue decorating gels
2 Tbsp. each: red, white and blue sprinkles

1. LINE 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; lightly grease foil.
butter in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted, stirring after 45 sec. Add cereal; mix well. Press cereal mixture firmly onto bottom of prepared pan; cool.

cereal mixture from pan, using foil handles. Cut into star shapes, using large star-shaped cookie cutter. Insert wooden stick into side of each star. Decorate with gels and sprinkles. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad

What you'll need:
1 pkg. (16 oz.) farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
2 cups broccoli florets
1 red onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 bottle (8 oz.) KRAFT Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing
1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

pasta as directed on package, adding broccoli to the boiling water the last 3 min. Drain; rinse under cold running water, then drain again. Place in large bowl.

in onions, peppers and tomatoes. Add dressing; toss to coat.

1 hour. Stir gently before serving; sprinkle with cheese.

Cool 'N Easy Strawberry Pie

What you'll need:
2 cups fresh strawberries, divided
2/3 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
ice cubes
1/2 cup cold water
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, thawed
1 ready-to-use reduced-fat graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)

1. SLICE 1 cup strawberries; refrigerate for later use. Chop remaining berries; set side. Add boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to make 1 cup. Add to gelatin; stir until slightly thickened. Remove any unmelted ice.
2. WHISK in COOL WHIP. Stir in chopped berries. Refrigerate 20 to 30 min. or until mixture is very thick and will mound. Spoon into crust.
6 hours or until firm. Top with sliced berries.

*Tip: Add blueberries for extra color and flavor.

Strawberry-Coconut Daiquiri

What you'll need:
2 1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen (not thawed) strawberries (about 12 ounces)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 cups ice cubes
3/4 cup coconut-flavored rum, such as Malibu (*for non-alcholohic omit the rum)

1. Combine strawberries, sugar and lime juice together in a blender.

2. Blend until smooth.
3. Add ice cubes and rum and blend until frothy.
4. Transfer mixture to a pitcher and serve
*Tip: Add whipped cream for extra taste & look.

Sex on the Beach (My Favorite)

What you'll need:
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz peach schnapps
2 oz cranberry juice
2 oz orange juice

1. Add vodka and peach schnapps to a highball glass over ice.
2. Fill with equal measures of cranberry juice and orange juice.
3. Stir.

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