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June 26th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

4th of July Desserts


Fourth of July fun is only a week away and chances are you’re thinking about what goodies to make for the occasion. Keep a BBQ simple with the standard staples like burgers, hot dogs and side salads, but make sure you WOW with the desserts! Red, white and blue, stars, sprinkles and more, there are tons of festive dessert recipes that are as lovely to look at as they are to eat. Check out these great 4th of July desserts…which one will you make this year?

Sparkler Cupcakes 


American Flag Strawberry Shortcake


Jell-O Firecrackers


Spangled Ice Cream Sandwich Pops


Stars and Fruit Bowl


Inside American Flag Cake


4th of July Trifle


Strawberry Firecracker Cake Balls 


Star Spangled Ice Cream Pie


Red, White and Blue Tie Dye Cake


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July 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 am

Forth of July Recipes


Independence Day, Fourth of July, whatever you call it, it’s the ultimate celebration of our great country, the United States of America! For as long as I can remember, in our family, this holiday is synonymous with sparklers, pool fun and a fabulous BBQ. Here are some delicious, all-American recipes that people of all nationalities can enjoy!

Main Dishes:

Side Dishes:


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July 1st, 2013 at 11:46 am

Crafts to Celebrate the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a day to show our patriotism and love of country. It is a great time to teach your kids about the flag, patriotic songs and other traditions that go along with the day. It is also surrounded with the bright colors of red, white and blue. Here are some great crafts to help celebrate the 4th of July.

No Sew Flag Shirts – grab a white garanimals shirt and some ribbon and make this adorable flag shirt.

Fun 4th of July Printables

Patriotic Word Art

Flour Lawn Stars 

Red White and Blue Fan

Popsicle Stick Flags

Glitter Fireworks – Take some construction paper and draw out lines like in an exploded firework. Sprinkle colored glitter and let dry.

Construction Paper Firecrackers

Flag Handprint – Paint a hand to look like the flag like the one at the top of this post. Press firmly on a sheet of paper.

Tin Can Windsocks

Patriotic Coloring Pages

Freezer Stencil Shirts

Do a couple of these crafts this week to show your pride in being an American!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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June 28th, 2012 at 5:01 am

Bilingual Books to Celebrate Independence Day

I’ve always thought that those of us who are bilingual and bicultural have the best of both worlds. We are able to communicate with a lot more people than we would if we only spoke one language and we get to join the celebrations and holidays of both our cultures!

Although I was not born in the United States, my children and my husband were and so I’ve learned to celebrate the Fourth of July and enjoying going out to watch our town’s fireworks every year when this celebration comes around. As my children get older, I’m also trying to incorporate a little bit of the history behind this day and why it’s important we celebrate it.

As usual, I turn to my trusty books for help. Here are some of the ones we’ve been reading in our household lately:

Celebra el 4 de julio con Campeón, el glotón — Written by renown bilingual children’s authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, this one is about a family, their mischievous dog and a picnic at the park to celebrate the Fourth of July. Includes an informative section.

Yo también puedo ser presidente — Written by Yanitzia Canetti, this is a book full of hope for children of all races, backgrounds and cultures. Each page features a photograph of a child explaining why he or she could be president and they say things like because I take care of the planet or I love peace. Inspirational!

Fourth of July/Cuatro de Julio — This book belongs to a bilingual series about U.S. holidays and it introduces readers to this nation’s history. It also explains how the same holiday is observed by families and communities around the nation. I’m looking forward to checking out the other books in the series.

How do you teach your children about Independence Day? 

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s currently working on her first book, based on her blog, to be published in September. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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July 4th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Cool off your 4th of July with a yummy dessert!

Okay, so I know I promised you a look at my take on a household book that hangs on my wall. But, I forgot that it was going to be the 4th of July today!

I wanted to share this great dessert recipe that not only will help cool you off in the summer heat, but comes with a great 4th of July story!

About 8 years ago I made this delicious frozen dessert for my family’s 4th of July picnic. We go to a small town picnic and sit in the sun and heat for several hours in the early afternoon. As we sat and watched the parade my husband thought about this great dessert waiting for him back at my parents’.

After we finished our lunch I grabbed this out of the freezer and sliced up a serving for everyone. As my husband was eating and remarking as to what a delicious dessert this was, he bit into something. Out of his mouth came a band-aid – YUCK! (I thought to myself ~ there is that band-aid that I lost yesterday – OOPS)

I proceeded to take everyone’s plates back and threw the entire dessert away. We then went to the local fireworks. As we arrived back a couple hours later for some fireworks at my parents’ my husband was looking all over for the rest of the dessert. When I told him I threw it away he was bummed; I guess he had been craving another piece throughout the fireworks.

So I proudly share with you Pink Ice Palace (or as we lovingly call it ~ Band-aid Dessert)


Pink Ice Palace

Serves~ 16


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 10 oz frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 8 oz crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped (Cool Whip does not substitute well)


Combine cream cheese and honey in a bowl and blend well. Mix fruit in lightly. Fold in whipping cream (which should be already whipped). Pour into a Jello mold or any plastic dish. Freeze! Serve frozen. I like to flip it out of the container.

This  makes a great dessert or can be used instead of a Jello.

I hope your Independence Day is filled with lots of fireworks, family and friends, fun and of course GREAT food!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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