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The Fourth of July, or Independence Day should be an awesome celebration this year, now that the pandemic restrictions are being lifted! It will be wonderful to spend this important holiday with our loved ones and count our blessings that we live in the Land of the Free because of the Brave. My husband, my dad, my brother, many other family members and dear friends are in the ranks of those brave ones, and I am so thankful for them. I am happy and blessed to be able to express that gratitude on this holiday.
Whenever we have family get togethers, it is always nice to have simple snacks for people to munch on until the actual meal happens! This year we are doing fruit kabobs with fruit dip and Patriotic Rice Krispy Treats! They all take very little time, the kids love to help make them and they fit many dietary needs!
The little flamingo skewers were from Dollar Tree. They were actually stir sticks, but we snipped the knob off of the bottom so that they would have a pointier end to stab into the fruit. My 3 year old granddaughter loved helping me making the pattern of fruit as we put it on the sticks, and popping a few extra pieces into her mouth in between. Putting the kabobs on this star studded plater from Walmart makes these simple fruit snacks more festive!
The fruit dip is one that I learned to make years ago from my friend Cindy! Now I see it all over the internet! It is a super simple recipe, but so delicious.
3 Ingredient Fruit Dip
*You can use vegan cream cheese to make this dip vegan!
Two of my grandchildren helped me with the Patriotic Rice Krispy Treats! My 6 year old grandson was able to measure out the 6 cups of cereal just fine and my 3 year old granddaughter assured me that she could handle the marshmallows and the sprinkles! She was awesome at both.
I simply followed the recipe on the Rice Krispy box, threw in a few sprinkles and then after pressing them into a 9 x 13 pan, (which my grandchildren had buttered), we pressed in a few more sprinkles on top.
My gluten-free SIL is grateful when I make these gluten-free treats and if you use vegan butter and marshmallows, they are vegan as well.
I am going to visit a couple of my grandchildren who live an hour and a half away and bring them these treats all wrapped up. This would be cute for neighbor gifts or your kids friends.
I love these simple ideas and how simple they are with a big result. What are you doing for the 4th this year? I hope that you all have a wonderful celebration!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!