8 Unforgettable Cakes to Make for the 4th of July

What are you making for the potlucks and BBQs that pop up around the 4th of July? Here are 8 awesome ideas!

8 Unforgettable Cakes to Make for july 4th

The 4th of July is such a fun holiday! It is the prime time of summer, the days surrounding it are filled with food, family, fireworks and fun!  This year I plan to take a special sweet along to the festivities and I found 8 awesome ideas for a patriotic dessert for a crowd!


Patriotic Pound Cake
Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Cake
American Flag Surprise Cake
Watermelon Cake
Strawberry Poke Cake
Red, White and Blue Fruit Cake
Strawberry Jello Cake
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Poke Cake

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Skinny-Licious-book review

One of my goals/resolutions for the new year is to eat healthier and better. I was excited to read and review Skinny-Licious:Life and Scrumptious recipes for a slimmer you by Shauna Evans, RN.

She was on the 8 hour diet by David Zinczenco and created the recipes in this book for simple, quick,  easy and delicious recipes. Shauna has a degree in nursing and has an understanding in diet and fitness. She also list some great tips in the beginning of the book for successful weight loss. Here are a couple of them; when you have hunger pains do something else besides eating to distract you. Go for a short walk, call a friend or run an errand. When you think you are hungry, drink first. Drink ten cups of water per day; try to drink water before each meal. Make sure you get adequate sleep;when you are sleeping your body is doing important repair work.

The book is broken down into 5 different categories:

  • lunch
  • snacks
  • dinner
  • desserts
  • flavored and vitamin waters

In the first section: Lunch there are so many great recipes including smoothie recipes. I made the Turkey Cranberry Wraps, it was so delicious and very easy to make. I did leave out the cranberries and cheese. There is also Ham and Havarti Cheese Wraps that are great too. If you like ranch dressing there is even a recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing in this section and so much more.

In the second section: Snacks My favorite recipe in this section is Cinnamon Sugar Chips with Fruit Salsa.  My kids even loved this and they are picky eaters. I also used the cinnamon sugar chips in ice cream and it tasted amazing. There are also several dip recipes in this section and more.

In the third section: Dinner I made the Classic Lasagna recipe and it was a hit with the family. There are a lot more recipes in this section that I want to try Cashew Chicken and the Stuffed Peppers. Plus there are so many more great recipes.

In the fourth section: Desserts which is my favorite part of dinner. Apple Betty which is like a apple crisp tastes amazing especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream There is even a recipe for Vanilla Frozen Yogurt that you can make yourself.  I love Carrot Cake so I need to make Charlotte’s Carrot Cake recipe. I have marked tons of pages in this section of recipes that I want to make.

At the end of the book there is a great list of flavored water variations. I love cucumber water it is so refreshing. I get really tired of plain water so I will  be making flavored water which will help me drink my ten glasses of water a day.

I absolutely love this book it is full of great healthy recipes that your whole family will love.

You can purchase Skinny-Licious for $21.99 on Cedar Fort’s website.

Cedar Fort has a huge selection of books to choose from.

I received the above book in exchange for a review.  I only recommend products that I use and believe my readers will like.. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.



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Holiday Recipes

I am starting this week baking for Christmas. I am going to try to make at least one recipe a day all week. I want to make up a plate of goodies for the kid’s teachers, neighbors and our mailman.

I have been posting recipes I want to try to Pinterest all year long. So I went through the recipes and there were so many I can’t make them all  but I did choose some good ones.

The first recipe I made is Pretzel Hugs

All you need is pretzel rings, hershey hugs and m&m’s.

This recipe is so easy and they are delicious and addicting.

You just set the pretzel rings on a cookie sheet and put a hershey hug in the middle of each pretzel ring.

Bake at 250 degrees for 3-4 minutes make sure you watch them you just want them to start to melt but are still holding there shape.

Then pull them out of the oven and put a m&m in the middle of each hershey hug.

Then you just need them to chill and then you can start to eat them. Believe me you can’t eat just one. They are so good.

The next recipe I made is Muddy Buddies

Another very easy recipe

9 cups Chex cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Pour cereal into large bowl; set aside. In 1-quart, microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and margarine. Microwave at 100-percent power for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring after 1 minute. Stir in vanilla. Pour chocolate sauce slowly over cereal, stirring to coat evenly. Pour cereal into large plastic bag. Add powdered sugar and secure; shake to coat well. Spread on waxed paper to cool.
I got this recipe for Six Sisters Stuff which is an amazing website with tons of great recipes. They have 25 different Muddy Buddies recipes you can see them all here.
My husband loves Muddy Buddies they are really good and so easy to make.
If you are looking for more recipes you can check out my Baking and Christmas Pinterest boards.

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Meatless Recipes-#AtoZChallenge

I have read many articles that suggest to go meatless at least once a week to cut your grocery cost. So I thought I would give you a list of some meatless recipes.

Vegetable Lasagna

Veggie Packed Chicken Primavera

Meatless Stuffed Peppers

Meatless Pizza Nachos

Black Bean Quesadillas

Veggie Omelet

Hearty Vegetable Soup

Meatless Chili

Tomato Corn Pie

Fettucine with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

There are tons on recipes online for meatless meal ideas.

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