Recipes To Make Your July 4 Holiday Weekend Special

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The most American holiday of the year is upon us, and that means cookouts, pool parties and campfires.

For a truly festive function, this flag cake will bring out the patriotism in just about anyone. This creation is simple and can be done with some fruit, a little food color and some patience. Find Betty Crocker’s complete recipe at this link.


This teddy bear on a beach is the ultimate pool party dessert! The little ones will find it especially fun.

Teddy Bear Beach Cups


3 packages of French vanilla pudding mix

6 cups cold milk

Prepare according to instructions on package

Add several drops of blue food coloring until you reach the color you want


1 box vanilla wafers

Put vanilla wafers in a sealable bag and crush with a rolling pin, or crush in a food processor

I box of Teddy Grahams

Airheads Extreme Sour Belts Candy or fruit roll-ups (for Teddy’s towel)

12 small clear disposable cups

Fill disposable cups ½ full of pudding

Top with crushed vanilla wafers, towel, teddy graham and umbrella


We all love a s'more, but here's a great option for something a little different next time you're sitting around a campfire. 

Banana Boats Recipe

4 medium unpeeled ripe bananas

4 teaspoons miniature chocolate chips

4 tablespoons miniature marshmallows



Cut banana peel lengthwise about 1/2 in. deep, leaving 1/2 in. at both ends. Open peel wider to form a pocket. Fill each with 1 teaspoon chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon marshmallows. Crimp and shape four pieces of heavy-duty foil (about 12 in. square) around bananas, forming boats.

Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until marshmallows melt and are golden brown.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Taste of Home.