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Raspberry Crumb Bars

RCB1Every year, our neighborhood has a 4th of July parade and party for the young children.  It starts with a community bike ride at the end of the cul-de-sac, and ends at the local park with games and food.  The kids bikes were packed (as we were going camping a few days later), so we instead we walked in the parade over to the park with the entourage of kiddos.

The weather this day was pretty cold.  Last year it was in the mid 90s, which is extremely rare early July in the Pacific Northwest, but this year it was in the mid-60s.  However, you wouldn’t know that based on what Grace is wearing!  Kids…


Matthew and Grace participated in a three-legged race (which was a very hard concept for a 3-year-old to understand) and a gunny-sack race.


Grace fell on early in the race (sadness!) and refused to get up and continue, but Matthew was all about trying to win.  (Wonder where he got that from…)  Just look at that face! Continue reading

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4th of July Fluffy Sugar Cookies

When I was a kid, 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays.  Not only did my sisters and I get to stay up past 9 P.M. (which was a rare treat), but we had a chance to play with sparklers and pop pop snappers (the ones you throw on the ground and they pop–always fun when someone wasn’t looking).  In our cul-de-sac, the neighbors would all pool the loot together and we’d have one big show.

This year, staying up really late and watching the fireworks with a toddler isn’t the brightest idea (cranky toddlers are never fun), so we’re going to a 4th of July parade instead.  I know Matthew will have fun picking up candy thrown from floats, watching big trucks slowly drive by, and seeing the general excitement in the air.

To honor such a festive occasion, I made some sugar cookies and used red, white, and blue (and a little yellow, because that’s what came in the package) jimmies to sprinkle on top.  Continue reading

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4th of July Cake Balls {tutorial}

I wanted to make an easy July 4th dessert, since we are spending the long weekend with Eric’s parents at the beach.  And, since I haven’t made cake balls in quite some time, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to have a quick tutorial on cake balls.

They have certainly been quite the rage, and while there are many ways to decorate them (balls, pops, etc.), there is really only one way to make them, and that’s what I ‘m going to show you.

All you really need are these:

Any cake and frosting will do, whatever suits your fancy.  Bake the cake in a 9 x 13 inch pan, following the box directions.  Then, WAIT for it to cool.  I usually bake the cake the day before I want to make the balls. (Just cover it with Syran wrap after it cools.)

Break up the cake, with a spatula, in a large bowl.  You want finer crumbs, so it’s easier to create the balls.

Then add about 1/2 of a can of frosting to start out.  (If you add too much, you’ll have really wet cake balls and that doesn’t taste very good.)  Work the frosting into the cake, so there are no traces of frosting.  If you squeeze the cake crumbs and frosting together and it doesn’t stick, add a little more frosting.  You won’t need more than 3/4 of a can.  And a little tip: the whipped frosting doesn’t work as well.  I don’t know why, but I haven’t had a lot of luck with it.

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