Fourth of July holiday always makes me remember those great childhood memories being with my big family at my grandparents farm. We would all get together either in the back yard area near the garden that they had or inside depending on what the weather was like. Living in Washington state you would never know if it was going to be hot or not. My family was huge 14 Aunts and uncles all together with their own children each couple had either 2 to 4 kids so add that up in your head. We would have three big picnic tables full of food which would turn out to be a great big potluck. All of us kids would play outside around the barn or out around the land. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken on the BBQ grilling away hmmmmm smelled so good. The best part was eating the water melon and having water melon fights messy yes, but so much fun.
Then when the sun went down it was time for those fireworks, and kids running around with the sparklers. The Ohhhhs and the awwws when the bright colors would appear in the sky. Best Memories ever, but we would not have those memories if it wasn’t for the men and women in service who fight for our Country, for our freedom, for us to enjoy life. They are the true hero’s who are so selfless and signed themselves up to do the hardest job ever. So this blog message is for them, Thank you for everything I salute you.
So I have a couple of things that I wanted to share this holiday how to make a wreath for Fourth of July, and instead of apple pie the traditional treat I made a caramel apple cake. For something light to start off with I made some zucchini bites horsd’oeuvres.
To each and everyone of you Happy Fourth of July!
1 18 inch floral wire wreath
6 red bandanas, 6 white bandanas, 6 blue bandanas
stars you can get paper stars or wood stars
Glue Gun to glue the stars on the wreath.
Cut all bandanas in half then tie them on the wreath
How to make zucchini bites
Yield: Makes 2-3 dozen zucchini bites
1 1/2 cups packed shredded zucchini (no need to peel the zucchini)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup panko or regular bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon dried basil (or 1-2 teaspoons fresh)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly grease an unlined baking sheet.
Place the shredded zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and wring out all the excess water over the sink until the zucchini is really dry.
Place the zucchini and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until combined.
Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls on the prepared baking sheet and lightly press the mounds with your hands to flatten slightly.
Bake for 16-20 minutes until the edges are golden.
Recipe Source: adapted from this recipe at Skinnytaste (used more zucchini, omitted the onion, added basil and garlic, changed the type of bread crumbs, increased oven temp, etc.)
Caramel Apple Cake
1 Box of Pillsbury Caramel Apple cake mix
3 Apples- I used Fuji Apples
1 8oz cream cheese Softened
1cup of Granola
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of sugar
1 table spoon of cornstarch mixed in 2 tsp of water
1 table spoon of lemon juice
start with the cake mix and follow directions by mixing all ingredients set aside.
Next Cut up all the apples thin slices and stick them in a pot over medium heat on the stove, add the lemon juice and the 1 cup of sugar and cook down. Mix corn starch in 2 tsp of water make sure the mixture is blended in the water before adding it to the Apples. Once the corn starch is added then stir that in the apple mixture and once it starts to bubble stir. Once the apple mixture has gotten thicker set aside.
Poor the cake mixture in the pan use half the mixture first then lay the apple mixture on top of the cake mixture. Last poor the remainder of the cake mixture on top of the apple mixture. Now bake as directed on the cake mix box.
Once the cake is done baking let it cool before putting the frosting on top.
While the cake is cooling mix the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar if you have caramel sauce add some to the frosting mix and mix. set aside
Next take a cup of Granola and cook it over the stove in 1 cup of brown sugar. Let the sugar mixture melt down and the granola get brown color. To let the Granola mixture cool down before putting over the frosting set it aside on wax paper.
Once the cake is cool then add the Frosting to the cake, and last but not least add the granola mixture on top ( make sure it is complete cool before adding to the frosting).