#FourthofJuly Party Food Ideas

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Recipes by Food Network Kitchen

Wow, summer is here!  The Fourth of July is vastly approaching, but no worries, help is here 🙂  I’ve come across some mouth-watering grilling ideas to help kick off  your awesome summer celebration 🙂

 

1)  Asian Turkey Burgers

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Now, what kind of party would it be without a delicious burger to throw on the grill? Ok, I know some of us our trying to be more health conscious, no problem. This recipe is sure to satisfy!

 

2)  Asian Chicken Burgers

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Here is another great healthy alternative.  Prep time is under 30 min! Sambal-oelek, a spicy sauce made from tomatoes, onions, green peppers, vinegar & spices, replaces the traditional ketchup condiment for this burger.  Add the extra fixings you desire to this savory meal 🙂

 

3) BBQ Chicken Burgers

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You can easily ease up on the beef with this juicy chicken burger recipe.  Each  grilled patty is souped-up with a homemade, concentrated barbecue sauce & piled high with slaw once finished.  I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to salivate 🙂

 

4)  Grilled Ratatouille Salad

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Take your salad to a new level by taking a classic French stewed side dish to the grill! And you don’t have to worry, unlike the movie, “Ratatouille”, no rats are involved 😉  This smoky salad packed with yummy favorites, is bound to be a hit at your party bash.

 

 

5) Mango-Strawberry Snow Cones

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Bring out the treats! A favorite childhood treat gets grown-up flavors (and an extra bonus, no added sugar!)  Well, I hope you enjoyed all of the recipe tips…now get your party on! Have a  spectacular Independence Day! Until next time, “Toodles!”

 

 

 

 

 

How Rad Is Your Dad?#FathersDayGiftIdeas

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Mother’s Day is over…now it’s Dad’s turn!  Woo-Hoo!  Ok, now we know that no two Dads are the same, but I’ve come across a few ideas & gadgets that I think most Dads will give the ‘Thumbs Up’ 🙂

 

1)  Helping Dad Organize

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Do you remember that pile of tools & stuff that’s all over the garage or shed out back?    You know what I’m talking about 🙂  You can purchase some great shelving & storage containers at your local Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Sears store…etc. Get the kids involved.  Everyone can pitch in to help dad’s work space look like a true, Handy-Man Professional! Get a new tool set to go in the organized space, if he doesn’t have one or if the old ones are shot.  Even if he did attach the handlebars on your bike backwards…it’s worth the effort 🙂

 

2)  I Feel The Need, For Speed!

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Whoa!  Look at this baby right here…Need I say more?   Please, guys…do NOT break the computer screen in attempt to grab this mower 🙂  I am sure you will have NO problem getting dad to mow the lawn with this cool ride! Again, you can shop around for one similar at your local Home Depot, Lowes, etc.  Okay, Ok…to be fair, SOME guys are not really into the mower thing…& maybe this would be a bit much for some dads…no worries.  You can hire a lawn service company for the month (or for just a few weeks), to give dad a break…or, you can just get the kid next door 🙂

 

3)  Stylin’ Dad

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How about taking dad to the mall?  Or, to his favorite sports store to get his favorite jersey? I know we’re all familiar with the typical “tie” as a traditional Father’s Day gift, but it’s time to help dad spruce up!  Don’t just get the tie; get him a nice shirt or a sports jacket to go with it. And, if you really want to go all out, an entire outfit!  If you chose casual wear, how about throwing in a nice new set of golf clubs too!  Now, if things are tight, you can always improvise & just get one simple item that you think dad would appreciate, like a new sports watch, pair of shoes…etc.  Or, you can just get him the tie 🙂

 

4)  Fit For A King

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There are always other, more practical ways you can express to dad, just how loved he is. For instance, you can prepare his favorite dishes & sweets.  For meat eaters…let the pigs fly!  Fire up the grill, better yet, let HIM fire up the grill, (most dads prefer that 🙂 )   If you don’t have one, buy him a new grill!  Take him out to his favorite restaurant or sports event, (if you planned ahead of time) to a show or movie of his choice.  Or, simply just let him watch the game on TV, spend the day fishing, or, just NAP ALL DAY long. NO, To-Do-List, NO, mediating between the kids, just a day of peace & rest, allowing him to just…BE.   Now, that’s relaxing 🙂

 

5)  Keep It Simple

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For some families, most of the suggestions above may not be feasible. Ok, I got it covered. Give him you!  Yes, ALL of you make possible the awesome day we celebrate Dads to begin with!  So make the cards/gifts out of paper if you prefer…& the tie 🙂 All of the fancy grills, tools & gadgets in the world, CANNOT compare to the Hugs, Kisses, Respect & LOVE that only a Family can give 🙂  Shout out to all of the awesome Dads out there!                                     Have an awesome Father’s Day!  Until next time, “Toodles!” 🙂