Yankee Doodle

5 Jul

Telling you upfront: this post is basically an excuse to look at red, white, and blue pictures.  Yee-haw! America! Ya-hoo!

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July when the kids are still in school, the weather is rainy and cool, and you’re in the country which your country fought to gain independence?  Hmm, we stuck with a week of watching classic American musicals, grilling out for dinner, and an easy food craft for dessert — it’s so simple, I’m not even going to write out a recipe.

You’ve probably seen this dessert around this season:  the popular red, white, and blue strawberries made with white chocolate, blue sprinkles, and red, um, strawberries.  So simple and easy for the kids to do.

I melted the chocolate and prepared the sprinkles.

And let the kids go for it.

Came out great, and with an extremely satisfying red, white, and blue pattern.  And, fine, if you like you can steal this idea for a Union Jack or Jubilee party, but just remember that America did it first.

After an evening of no fireworks (this is TRAGIC) fell asleep listening to NPR podcasts (American accents, yay), and woke up to make dessert number two — flag cupcakes —

Strawberries for the red, blueberries for the blue, and extra white frosting for the white.

Hope you had a delicious and fun Fourth!


11 Responses to “Yankee Doodle”

  1. satnavandcider July 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Mmmmm! That’s it. No need to say more.

  2. Jody July 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Love the patriotic strawberries!

    • Monique July 6, 2012 at 6:54 am #

      Thanks! Got the idea from a friend!

  3. Zazamataz July 6, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    I love those clever little strawberries! Chocolate covered berries are wonderful but I never would have thought of making them patriotic! Plus, I love the way you used those cupcakes. Way easier to serve than the traditional flag cake. Great ideas! 🙂

    • Monique July 6, 2012 at 6:55 am #

      Aren’t they fun? But I’m sorry about the cupcakes with those frosting swirls in the middle — NOT to the edge — and after I swore I’d never do that, too! 😉

  4. Helen July 6, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Definitely going to try to do those strawberries! At least England does have great strawberries at this time of year.
    Unbelievably my family actually spent July 4th 1976 in London before moving back to Washington DC about a week later! I was so mad to miss the best Bicentennial fireworks ever!!! You are probably too young to remember…

    • Monique July 6, 2012 at 6:57 am #

      Yes, the strawberries are like candy all on their own. The 1976 fireworks in DC are the ones by which I judge all other fireworks, it was a fantastic day! And I’m not ashamed to reveal my age by saying I do remember them. =)

  5. Living Life as an Expat Parent July 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Lovely. Our celebrations weren’t so organized. It involved chanting “USA!” and letting The Duchess go a bit nuts with the American flag before bedtime. I’ll need to be a bit more inspired as she gets older!

    • Monique July 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      I like to shout out “USA!” at random moments throughout my day. Like, when I make it successfully through a roundabout — “USA!” — or when I solve a puzzle — “USA!” — keeps me upbeat. =)

  6. Rose September 17, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Those desserts are so patriotic! Thank you for giving me this idea. My kids would love decorating those cute strawberries.

    • Monique September 17, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      Thanks, Rose. This is definitely one the kids can enjoy making, with only a little supervision.

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