With the beginning of July just days away, it is time to pull out your favorite refreshing summer recipes. These recipes are great to make with kids, as it allows them to be involved in the cooking process and be creative in the kitchen!
This 4th of July cake is a piece of cake to make! It is fresh, light, and patriotic! Since this cake has been made every year since 1998, the kids have come a long way in their attention to details.
- 2 pints
- 1 package of pound cake
- 1 ½ cup of blueberries
- 1 tub of Cool Whip, thawed
Slice 1 cup of strawberries and set aside. Halve the remaining strawberries.
Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with slices of pound cake, until the bottom is covered. Top the pound cake with the 1 cup of strawberries, 1 cup of blueberries, and cover the top with all of the Cool Whip.
Place the remaining blueberries and strawberry halves on whipped topping to create a flag design (or your own patriotic design). Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Another family favorite is fruit pizza. This one is particularly fun for kids, as they can make their very own slice, or decorate one big one for the entire family. There are many variations to this recipe depending on how much you want it to take. You can make your own sugar cookie dough, get the bag mix, or if you are feeling particularly short on time, buy the refrigerated roll of sugar cookie dough.
- 1 bag of sugar cookie mix (1 roll of sugar cookie dough or your favorite sugar cookie recipe)
- 1 package (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- ½ tsp of vanilla
- Your favorite fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, etc.
Bake sugar cookies, either as larger individual cookies, or as one big cookie in a round pan.
Whip together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla using a mixer and chill in the fridge.
Spread cream cheese mixture over the top of the cooled sugar cookie(s).
Decorate the cookies with your favorite fruits and serve.
Optional ideas: Hold a Make-Your-Own fruit pizza bar or decorating contest.
Homemade Ice Cream
If you have never made homemade ice cream, now is the time to do it! This is particularly great for kids as it keeps them busy for thirty minutes and allows them to get some energy out by shaking the bag.
- 1 Gallon Ziplock bags
- 2 Sandwich or quart Ziplock bags
- ½ cup half-and-half
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 3 cups of crushed ice
- 1/3 cup of rock salt
Combine the half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla into one of the smaller ziplock bags and seal. Place sealed bag into the second smaller ziplock bag and seal.
Scoop 3 cups of ice and the 1/3 cup of rock salt into a gallon bag. Place ice cream mixture bag in the large gallon bag and seal.
Shake the gallon bag with the ice and ice cream mixture in it for 30-40 minutes, or until ice cream consistency.
Unseal the bags when mixture has turned to ice cream. Fold over the edges of the ice cream bag to avoid any salt residue. Add any ice cream toppings desired: fruit, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, etc.
Optional Ideas: Have the kids make a game out of shaking the bags by playing catch, hot potato, etc.
This dessert is great to serve to a big or small crowd and can easily be prepared with kids helping and using their creativity in the kitchen.
- 1 package of pound cake, angel food cake, or brownies (for more variety get all three)
- 1 cup of sliced strawberries
- 1 cup of blueberries
- ½ cup of mini chocolate chips – white, milk, or dark
- 1 cup of pudding – chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, pick your favorite!
- Cool Whip, thawed
- Small Mason jars, parfait cups work well, or plastic punch cups
In a Mason jar, or whatever cup of your choosing, begin layering different ingredients such as pound cake, followed by a layer of strawberries, layer of cool whip, layer of mini chocolate chips, and layer of brownies, etc.
Be creative as your create parfaits that meet your family and friend’s taste buds. Allow your kids to experiment with different layers and flavors.