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Star Spangled Cupcakes

If you are looking for a great dessert for your 4th of July celebration that is simple yet fun and festive…check out these cupcakes!

Pair a star sugar cookie with a yummy cupcake and there you have it- the perfect patriotic treat!

Check out how to make these over at a fabulous blog, inchmark. I am sure you will find many other great ideas while you’re looking around!

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Watermelon Cooler {Sweet}!

If you’re like me, you enjoy a cool and refreshing drink on those hot summer days. I recently hosted a summer patio party and served these fresh watermelon coolers. The result? Rave reviews! Not too sweet, very refreshing, and festive- they were a huge hit!

What You’ll Need

1/2 Watermelon (seedless)
16 ounces lemonade
12 ounces tequila (vodka or rum can be substituted)

What To Do

-Cut watermelon into small chunks. Place in food processor or blender to make watermelon juice. Strain through a mesh strainer to remove pulp
-Mix watermelon juice, lemonade, and alcohol of choice on a pitcher
-Serve over ice
Garnish with blueberries if desired

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Jicama and Watermelon Salad


What you’ll need:

1/2 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Kosher salt
1 jicama, cut into matchstick pieces
4 cups watermelon in 2-inch chunks
1/3 cup roughly torn fresh mint leaves

What to do:

Whisk together juices, honey, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add the jicama, watermelon and mint and toss to coat.

{recipe and photo via foodnetwork.com and Bobby Flay}

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How to Grill Perfect Vegetables

With the nice weather, it quickly becoming barbequing season. If your barbeque’s skills are anything like mine then grilling veggies is a huge fiasco. If I manage to prevent the veggies from clipping through the grates and into the flames, they are more often than not burnt to a crisp. Not very appetizing.

So, when I came across Delish’s guide to grilling vegetables, I was very excited. Here are just a few how-to’s when it comes to tossing your favorite veggies onto the grill!

To grill one pint of cherry tomatoes

Serving Size: 4
Preparation: Thread onto skewers
Seasoning: Brush with 2 teaspoons oil
Grilling Time: 5 to 7 minutes, turning several times

8 Ears of Corn

Serving Size: 4
Preparation: Soak 15 minutes, then remove silk (leave husks on) or remove husks and silk
Seasoning: Brush with 1 tablespoon oil
Grilling Time: 45 minutes with husks on or 20 minutes, turning occasionally, if husks and silk have been removed

For 2 Bunches of Small Green Onions

Serving Size: 4
Preparation: Trim
Seasoning: Toss with 4 teaspoons oil
Grilling Time: 2 to 4 minutes, turning several times

Want more? Learn how to grill other veggies perfectly like mushrooms, onions, and eggplant. And for some fabulous grilled vegetarian entrΓ©es.
{photos via delish.com}
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Refreshing! Watermelon-Berry Sparkler


This is the perfect refreshing drink for your summer entertaining or backyard BBQ get together!
What You’ll Need

-2 cup(s) watermelon, cubed and seeded
-1 container(s) (6 ounces) red raspberries
-2 tablespoon(s) superfine sugar, use 3 tablespoons if too tart
-Cold brut champagne or prosecco (dry Italian sparkling wine)

What You Do
  1. 1. Puree watermelon and raspberries in a blender. Scrape mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds. Stir sugar into puree (adding more if too tart). Puree can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated.
  2. For sparklers, pour 2 tbsp puree into each champagne glass and top with 4 oz cold brut champagne or prosecco. For a nonalcoholic version, use club soda or seltzer instead.
{Recipe and photo via delish.com}
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Twitter Party Dessert!

Not sure why it has taken me this long to share these adorable Twitter cupcakes with you. I guess Twitter party food is on my mind since I just hosted a fabulous Twitter Party with Julie of Free Birthday Treats. It was such a hit that we’ve decided to do this shin dig monthly (details coming soon)! Now if we can just get Bakerella’s yummy and tweet cupcakes to serve each time. Regardless, enjoy this virtual cupcake and follow the baking goddess herself at @Bakerella (you won’t be disappointed).

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