Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th and Picnic Suggestions

Greetings friends! We hope you are all off celebrating Independence Day--with parades, parties, and picnics! If you're still wondering what to bring to the picnic, we have some July 4 ideas.

As usual, Lucy thinks it's all about the cake. How about a yellow cake with whipped cream and flag-colored berries? You can find the recipe here.

Happy fourth!  Daryl aka Avery
loves desserts on the fourth. But it's all about the family.
These cake pops are so much fun to make for the kids!!! Make sure you have plenty of sprinkles on hand!!! Click on the RECIPE HERE

Peg recommends peach kuchen--in some parts of the country it's peach season already!  And there's nothing more delicious than a fresh peach.  This dessert can be made with fresh peaches in the summer and canned in the winter (when you need a hint of summer!)  It's perfect for the 4th of July.  Recipe here.

If you're looking for something cool to drink (and one that's historically appropriate for the Fourth of July), Sheila suggests taking a look at shrub, a Colonial-era drink. You can find the recipe here.

Says Victoria: If only life could be all dessert all the time! But sooner or later, someone will want a main course. Even on July 4th.  Here's something a bit different, but very delicious, for your grill and your guests!  Make lots.

Mystery Lovers' Kitchen: Cedar-Planked Maple Salmon

At Krista's house, the fourth usually includes Dead Man's Bones (baby back ribs). They're not just for Halloween! But they're finger-licking good. Even better, if rain sends you running indoors, they can be made in the oven, too!

And last but not least, if you want a showstopper without a lot of work? Use white cake mix and food coloring to create Cleo Coyle's Fireworks Cake with this recipe!

Happy Independence Day everyone! with love from the writers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen


  1. Lots of recipes here that I'll keep for next summer too. What a fun post. Happy Independence Day!

  2. A great collection!
    Happy Independence Day!

  3. I want all of this for dinner!

  4. Thanks for the suggestions! They look so good!

  5. Argh! This is the second time my comment didn't post. I'm trying some of these recipes later in the summer. They sound so good!