Thursday, July 7, 2011

Independence Day

Our family had a pretty laid back holiday weekend. We are still catching up on our to-do list upon returning home from our 5-week stay in Nebraska. 4th of July is my absolute favorite holiday, and not just because I'm a military wife. I love the BBQs, fireworks, warm weather, and being able to celebrate our nation's birthday and what it stands for with friends and family.

We celebrated the 4th of July at a friend's house down the street. She was gracious enough to open up her home to us and a few other families. I made Happy Potatoes and a flag fruit pizza (I will share the recipes of both at the bottom of this blog post). The food, company, and all the fun made for a great celebration of our nation's birthday.

Here are a few pictures from our day of celebration:
Flag Fruit Pizza

Yummy Food



All the men surrounding the grill

Flag Fruit Pizza:
  • 1 (16 1/2 ounce) packages Pillsbury sugar cookie dough ( 1-2 packages. depends on how thick you want your crust to be, I use 2)
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese ( softened)
  • 1 (8 ounce) containers Cool Whip ( thawed)
  • fresh fruit, any kind you may like ( i.e. kiwi, strawberries, grapes, oranges, bananas, etc.)
  • Cut sugar cookie dough into 1/4-inch thick pieces.
  • Lay it down on a greased pizza pan or rectangular pan.
  • Press dough till pressed together.
  • Bake in 350°F oven for 10 minutes or until brown.
  • Let it cool completely.
  • While baking your crust, get a large bowl and mix together sugar,vanilla,and cream cheese.
  • Fold in Cool Whip.
  • Spread mixture onto baked crust (that is completely cooled.) When spread on, cut up your fresh fruit and place onto your pizza.
  • Then put in refrigerator for an hour to chill.
  • Then your ready to eat and enjoy.
  • Another great and fun way to make this is using the rectangular pan is to use blueberries and strawberries to make an American flag.
  • Use the blueberries as stars and strawberries and raspberries as stripes.

Happy Potatoes:
  • 1 bag of frozen hashbrowns
  • 1 can of cream of celery
  • 1 8oz container of sour cream
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese or american cheese
  • 2 cups of Cornflakes or Frosted Flakes (for an added sugar taste)
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Line 9 x 13 pan with frozen hashbrowns
  • Mix cream of celery, sour cream, and cheese in a small-medium sized mixing bowl
  • Pour over potatoes and mix in a little
  • Sprinkle Cornflakes or Frosted Flakes
  • Pour melted butter over top
  • Bake 30 minutes covered, and then another 30 minutes uncovered for a total of 60 minutes

1 comment:

  1. I saw that same cake on someone else's blog! What a creative idea! So i'm curious - why are they called Happy Potatoes?? ;o) Because there's cereal in them? That would make me happy... :o) Glad ya'll had a good 4th!