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13 Easy & Creative ★Fourth of July Ideas★

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!3 Easy and Creative 4th of July Ideas by Hip2Save.com

Get ready for the Fourth of July with these 13 different appetizers, side dishes, desserts, drinks, and crafts. Have a safe and happy holiday!

★Appetizers★

Classic Dill Dip

Caprese Salad on a Stick

★Side Dishes★

Bacon Broccoli Salad

Loaded Potato Salad

Zesty Lime Quinoa Salad

Easy Foil Packet Potatoes

Watermelon Feta Salad

★Drinks★

Watermelon Punch

★Desserts★

4th of July Patriotic Trifle

Apple “Dump” Cake

Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

★Crafts★

DIY Pallet Flag

Melted Beads Craft

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Campfire Cones (Fun & Easy Summer Dessert)

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Campfire Cones

Gooey marshmallow-filled campfire cones are a fun twist to a traditional S’more and can be customized with endless possibilities! So grab a box of ice cream cones and invite your family and friends over to create their own treats on the grill, campfire, or even in the oven.

Ingredients:

Waffle Ice Cream Cones

Topping Ideas: Marshmallows, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate bar pieces, Rolos, Butterscotch Chips, Chocolate Chips, Bananas, Raspberries, Strawberries

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Directions:

Fill a cone with desired amounts of marshmallow and toppings. Cover cone with foil. Place over the campfire for about 3-5 minutes, on a heated grill for 5-6 minutes, or in the oven at 375 degrees for about 5-8 minutes until toppings are melted. Then just enjoy the warm and gooey melted deliciousness. :D

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Easy Chia Seed & Berry Jam – Just THREE Ingredients (Ready in Only 15 Minutes)

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Thicken homemade  Jam with Chia Seeds!

Take advantage of inexpensive berries and whip up some easy homemade jam using healthy Chia seeds. Not only are Chia seeds loaded with fiber, protein, and Omega 3 but they also do a great job of thickening homemade jam! Use this yummy jam on toast, yogurt, oatmeal, and of course peanut better & jelly sandwiches.

Easy Chia Seed Berry Jam

(Recipe Idea from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen)

Ingredients:

*2 cups berries (I used a mix of blueberries, strawberries, & raspberries)
*2 Tablespoons raw honey (or choice of sweetener)
*2 Tablespoons water
*2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds (I found a bag for $2.99 in the produce section of my local grocery store)

Easy Homemade Healthy Jam Using Chia Seeds
Directions: In large bowl, mash or blend berries and add water (I used a hand blender). Transfer to saucepan and cook over medium heat for about five minutes and then add honey. Cook for another 5 minutes turning up heat until bubbling. Stir in Chia seeds and let cool. Pour into jelly jars and refrigerate. The mixture will thicken up beautifully. Keep in fridge for about 1-2 weeks.

Healthy Chia Seed Jam Recipe

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Sesame Cucumber Salad (Easy & Delicious Side Dish)

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Japanese Cucumber Salad by Hip2Save.com. Try this refreshing salad at your next dinner.

If you’re looking for a fresh and cool summer side dish, try this simple to make Asian-inspired Sesame Cucumber Salad. It makes an excellent side dish for your next gathering and/or a great snack to keep in the fridge!

Sesame Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:
(Adapted from Chow.com)

2 English cucumbers, peeled & thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced (optional but yummy!)
2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
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Directions: Slice cucumbers and onion very thin (I used a mandolin slicer). Place cucumbers in a colander or salad spinner and drain liquid. You can also use a kitchen towel to squeeze out liquid. Salt cucumbers. Mix together vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar. Toss with onion and cucumbers and top with sesame seeds. This dish tastes even better when marinated in the refrigerator for a few hours. Makes 4 servings.

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Homemade Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

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Strawberry Yogurt Popcycles

Take advantage of fresh summer strawberries and make some homemade and refreshing frozen treats. These simple Strawberry Yogurt Pops require a blender, popsicle molds, and just three ingredients!

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

Ingredients:

1/2 pint fresh strawberries
1/3 cup Greek style yogurt
1/4 cup almond milk (or any milk or juice you want)

How to nake easy strawberry yogurt frozen treats Hip2Save
Directions: Blend ingredients, pour into popsicle molds and freeze for a few hours. I personally love these Tovolo Ice Cream Pop Molds! This recipe made 4 popsicles from these molds.

Want more frozen treat recipes? Check out these Homemade Otter Pops!

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Vegetable Frittata (Meatless Monday Idea)

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If you’re looking for a quick and healthy breakfast, brunch or dinner idea that incorporates lots of veggies and eggs, check out this yummy frittata. Customized with the veggies and add-ins that your family loves or has on hand, this frittata makes a great low-carb Meatless Monday meal idea!

Vegetable Frittata

(Adapted from AllYou.com)

Ingredients:

8 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter
8 oz. package mushrooms, sliced
1 red pepper, diced
1/4 cup white onion, diced
1/4 cup green onions, sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas
3 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

How to Make a Veggie Frittata Hip2SaveDirections: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a 12 inch oven proof skillet over medium heat. Melt butter and sauté veggies for about 10 minutes until tender. Whisk together eggs, milk, Dijon mustard, and salt & pepper. Pour egg mixture over veggies, and arrange veggies evenly in skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes on stove without stirring. Sprinkle cheese on top and place into oven for about 10-12 minutes until set. Serve warm or room temperature. Serves about 4-6 .

Easy Veggie Frittata Meatless Monday Hip2SaveWritten by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

13 meatless monday meal ideas Hip2Save

If you’re looking to incorporate even more meatless meals into your family’s rotation, check out these 13 Hip2Save favorites – they are all simple to make and delicious meatless options!

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Easy Foil Packet Potatoes on the Grill (Great Recipe Idea for Camping/Tailgating)

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Next time you fire up the BBQ for a summer cook out, consider preparing these easy and delicious roasted potatoes in foil packets. They are so simple and always turn out mouth watering! These potatoes are also the perfect meal/snack/side dish to make while camping.

Easy Foil Packet Potatoes on the Grill

Ingredients:

3 lbs. Potatoes – chopped in about one inch pieces (I love Golden Potatoes)
1 White Onion – chopped
Olive Oil – about 1-2 tablespoons
Seasonings of choice (I sprinkle with Salt & Steak Seasoning which is a mixture of Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Coriander Seed, Dill, & Red Pepper)
Foil

foil packet potatoes hip2SaveDirections: Preheat grill to medium high. Plan to split chopped potatoes and onions in two or three packets of foil or create individual packets for each person. Tear off a large piece of foil and place potatoes & onions on top. Evenly coat & toss with olive oil and seasonings. Cover with another piece of foil and seal sides well leaving room for steam. Repeat with remaining potatoes & onions. Grill covered for about 25-30 minutes until tender. Turn packets a couple times while grilling. Serves about 6-8.

This is my favorite way to make potatoes in the summer because it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. Plus, leftovers make really great breakfast potatoes in the morning. A prep ahead idea for camping would be to place seasoned and coated potatoes & onions in a large Ziploc bag and just bring foil along to grill. You can also use the same method for your favorite roasted vegetables. Yum!

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13 Meatless Monday Meal Ideas

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Cold Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

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Pasta salads are a perfect side dish for summer gatherings and your family is sure to love this fresh tasting and easy to make cold and creamy pesto version. The mix of fresh & sun dried tomatoes with sautéed mushrooms adds even more delicious flavor.

Ingredients:

1 – 16oz. box bow tie or penne pasta
1 cup pesto – either homemade or store bought
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup of fresh cherry tomatoes
1 – 8oz. package of fresh sliced mushrooms
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon butter
how to make the best pesto pasta salad Hip2SaveDirections: Cook pasta according to package directions and let cool. Sauté mushrooms with garlic and butter until tender and set aside to cool. Mix pesto with ranch dressing and combine with fresh & sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, and pasta in a large bowl. Chill in fridge before serving. Makes about 8 servings.

Consider adding grilled chicken or shrimp and this salad becomes a meal in itself!

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Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

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If you’re looking for a super quick and delicious pie, try this simple fresh strawberry pie! This crowd-pleaser can be made ahead of time and stored in fridge – then just garnish with whipped cream when ready to serve.

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie

(Adapted from TasteofHome.com)

Ingredients:

9 inch pie crust – store bought or homemade
2 pints of fresh strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
3 oz. package of strawberry gelatin
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup of water
whipped cream

How to make strawberry pie Hip2SaveDirections: Bake pie crust and let cool. Wash and slice strawberries (I left some whole and sliced the larger ones). In a saucepan, whisk water, cornstarch and sugar together. Bring to a boil and stir for a couple of minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in gelatin until dissolved. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes. Arrange strawberries on top of pie crust. Pour gelatin mixture on top of strawberries. Place in fridge to set for a couple hours. Serve with whipped cream if desired. Makes 6-8 servings.

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