Spicing Up a Simple Family Fourth of July Picnic

4th of July picnic ideasSometimes the best way to spend a Fourth of July, is with your own family. No guests, no parties, just you and your loved ones. The following are a few tips to make your Fourth of July family picnic the best one ever.

It is always good to have a picnic “emergency kit.” A good kit will contain extra paper plates, utensils, wipes, and a plastic table cloth. Additionally, it should have sunscreen and bug repellent, band aids, matches, and trash bags. Pack a Frisbee or ball for entertainment emergencies.

To spice up the menu try cooking chicken burgers using the following recipe.

Fourth of July Chicken Burgers

1 lb ground chicken
2 cups of bread crumbs
½ cup of milk
2 tbs minced onion
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. You can add more if your family likes it spicy.

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

2. Form patties and grill until done.

3. Whole wheat buns, provolone cheese and sliced tomatoes make this burger extra special.

Dessert time again is time to involve the children. Invite them to make this wonderful red, white, and blue trifle.

Red White and Blue Trifle

1 box white cake mix
2 packets of vanilla pudding
1 pound of strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 pound of blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 ½ cup of heavy cream, whipped.

* Make cake and pudding by directions on the box.
* Thaw fruit if frozen. If fruit isn’t frozen, slice into bite sized pieces and add a tsp of sugar to make juices flow.
* Cut white cake into large chunks.
* Using a large clear dish, place a layer of cake chunks onto the bottom of the container.
* Top with a layer of strawberries
* Top with a layer of pudding
* Top with a layer of cake chunks
* Top with a layer of blueberries
* Top with a layer of pudding
* Continue layering until you reach the top of your container then top with whipped cream.

Here’s another great Patriotic Trifle Recipe to check out!

The great thing about this dish is that it’s virtually foolproof and it will look amazing no matter who handles the job, your two year old or your twenty year old.


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