Festive Food for the 4th

Happy Sunday Morning!!

I’m here with THREE recipes for you guys.  Easy ones too.  And patriotic!  These were Tim and my contributions to breakfast, dinner, and dessert at my uncle’s Cape house for July 4th this year.

Patriotic Pancakes

Red = strawberries, white = plain Greek Chobani yogurt, blue = blueberries.

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat Aunt Jemima pancake and waffle blend
  • Ingredients per instructions on box:  Milk, eggs, oil
  • Strawberries, diced
  • Blueberries
  • Plain yogurt

Directions

  1. Mix the pancake blend and the milk, eggs, and oil according to package directions.
  2. Spray pan over medium heat.
  3. Form pancake shape, mixing in the strawberries and blueberries.
  4. Cook, flipping, until golden brown.
  5. Serve with yogurt and more fruit if desired!

Red, White, and Blue-schetta

Aka, bruschetta.  Red = cherry tomatoes, white = feta cheese, and blue = blueberries.

Ingredients

  • Loaf of bread of choice
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Blueberries
  • Crumbled feta
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Minced garlic, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Slice bread into 1/2 inch thick slices and lightly brush both sides of the slices of bread with olive oil.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 7 to 10 mins or until golden brown.
  4. After removing from oven, place the tomatoes, blueberries, and feta cheese on top of the bread slices as desired.
  5. Sprinkle with black pepper and minced garlic to taste.

White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These were for dessert!  Red = strawberries, white = melted white chocolate chips, blue = sprinkles!

Ingredients

  • Strawberries, whole
  • White chocolate chips
  • Festive sprinkles

Directions

  1. Place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl.  Heat until melted, being careful not to burn.  You can also do this step on the stove top.
  2. Dip strawberries in the melted chocolate, one at a time.
  3. Sprinkle on festive decor!

 

All three were super easy, yummy, and festive for the 4th!

Did anyone make any festive red, white, and blue food for their 4th of July celebrations this year?

P.S.  Happy Birthday to Tim’s sister, Katie!!!

Fun from the Fourth

Is it Friday?  I have no concept of what day it is, which I must say is quite a nice feeling.

Let’s talk about July 4th.

July 4th Eve

On Tuesday after I taught both Kickboxing and Circuit, I headed down the Cape to my uncle’s beach house with Tim and my brother.  Luckily, we hit NO traffic and were able to make decent time.  When we got there we spent three hours in the living room catching up.

While we were talking, I drank one of these:

And also one of these:

And I ate a bunch of THESE:

We didn’t end up going to sleep until around 2, but luckily we weren’t too tired in the morning when the rest of the family pulled into the driveway with Greek music blaring before the birds were even chirping. <—Not joking.

July 4th Breakfast

Our 4th of July started with some patriotic pancakes!

I mixed the batter and Tim did some sweet flipping.  They were a big hit among the rest of the breakfast spread that Uncle Chris had ready for everyone, and a yummy start to the day!

July 4th Beach Time

After breakfast, we all headed to the beach for a couple of hours.

I tried to be as 4th of July-ish as possible in my (what used to be) red bathing suit with white polka dots.  Seriously this bathing suit is like 8 years old.

My dad, as you can see, didn’t care as much about sporting his red, white, and blue.

Our time at the beach was spent lounging, swimming, reading, and hole digging!

July 4th Workout

After we got back from the beach, it was backyard bootcamp time!

I originally was planning for the holiday to be an off day, but I brought a workout outfit to the Cape just in case.  And while I was flipping through the latest issue of Women’s Health on the beach, I stumbled upon this page:

It was called “6 Moves, 4 Workouts.”  Now the moves weren’t anything new to me, and they wouldn’t be for those of you who come to my classes week after week:

  • Jump Squats
  • Butterfly Crunches
  • Burpees
  • Triceps Dips
  • Jumping Lunges
  • Pushups

What caught my eye was the four different workouts that Women’s Health provided that use all six moves.  I decided to go with workout one because it was only 15 minutes, and a quick 15 minute sweat sesh on a holiday sounded good to me.  Especially if I could sneak it in while I was still grimy from the beach and while the BBQ was being prepped.

My mom and Auntie Paula decided to join me.

The workout?  Do 10 reps of each of the moves listed above, in that order.  Once you’ve done 10 of each, you’ve done 1 round.  Do as many rounds repeatedly as you can in 15 minutes.

Let me tell you, this 15 minute workout is NO JOKE.  I was able to do 7 full rounds, which is pretty much averaging 2 minutes per round, plus the first two moves of the 8th round.  By the end, I was dripping. 

Circuit class, I foresee this workout in our near future.  <grin>

July 4th BBQ

After backyard bootcamp was over and showered off, it was time to eat!

Everything was so yummy!  Here’s my plate:

I had a bit of everything, but instead of a bun I enjoyed my burger topped with the tomato, basil, and mozzarella.

After dinner comes dessert, naturally.  I made red, white, and blue chocolate covered strawberries!

And enjoyed with Uncle Chris’s to die for trifle.  I could eat seriously the entire thing!  I didn’t eat the whole thing, but I may have taken an extra scoop.  70 burpees before dinner makes up for it, right? 😉

4th of July Goofiness & Games

Other pics from the rest of the day:

Was a great day!  I love July 4th!

How did you all celebrate July 4th??  Anything fun??