July 5, 2010

all-american recipes

Since traveling was not an issue this 4th of July I got "creative" with what I made to celebrate. "Sistercousin" (Christina) and I split the responsibility for 4th of July dinner. My responsibilities were: hamburgers, beverages, and desserts. Easy. So I thought I would share a few of my "creative" recipes.

Summers Brew
This beverage was a part of several college memories, and continues to be one of my favorite beverages to-date. *but you have been warned. It's so good it's dangerous. 
  • In a large pitcher pour an entire package of Strawberry Kiwi "Crystal Light" or whatever your preference is. 
  • Then, fill entire can of beer with vodka. Pour into pitcher.
  • Next, fill same can of beer with water. Pour into pitcher. 
  • Pour in 2-3 beers (of your choice. I personally like a girly beer. Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus or Pomegranate... take your pick!).
  • Add ice into pitcher and cool.
I thought my la Tour Eiffel napkins were especially patriotic. 

Pillow Cookies
I discovered this goodness on one of my favorite blogs, bakerella.

  • First, bake brownies. You can bake them from your favorite box recipe. I will not tell. But, I do recommend Ghirardelli. Let them cool for at least 10 minutes. 
  • Place 1/2 cup of cookie dough batter on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Make indentions in the dough and place a 1 inch square brownie in the center of each.
  • Smoosh it a little, so the cookie dough surrounds the edges of the brownie.
  • Then work the dough around the top to cover the entire brownie and shape them into balls.
  • Place no more than 6 on a 15 x 20 inch baking sheet at a time because these guys are HUGE!
  • Bake and VOILA!
where there is love (and good company), there is art.
i hope you and yours had a happy 4th of july... now on to the 5th... 

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