Independence Day ~ The Fourth of July

Celebrations, Fireworks, Family Reunions, Concerts, Barbecues, Picnics, Parades,
Baseball Games

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

And what is more American the Apple Pie? But, who wants to turn on that oven? Not me. So how about that Apple Pie flavor that you don’t have to bake. Try this delicious
Apple Pie Party Dip.

Apple Pie Party Dip

1 1/3 cups peeled, cored, and diced apple
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons apricot preserves
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

FOR CHIPS
5 (6-inch) flour tortillas
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Combine all the dip ingredients in a bowl, then cover and refrigerate the mixture until chilled.
Brush the tortillas with butter, then cut them into wedges.
Arrange the wedges on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 350º F until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let them cool before serving. Serves 4 to 6.

And for our diabetic friends…

Double-Berry Cooler

This yummy, refreshing
treat is created from fruit juices and fresh fruit.
SERVINGS: 8 (3/4 cup cooler and 2 tablespoons topping each)
CARBS PER SERVING: 40 g

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups diet ginger ale or peach-white-cranberry juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cup blackberries and/or blueberries
2 cups small whole strawberries, halved
1 cup frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
1. In a medium saucepan, stir together gelatin and sugar. Add 1 cup of the ginger
ale. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes or until gelatin
dissolves. Remove from heat. Slowly stir in remaining ginger ale and lemon juice
(pour ginger ale slowly so it doesn’t fizz).
2. Spoon blackberries into a 2-quart glass bowl or straight-sided container. Add
half the gelatin mixture. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until set. After one
hour of chilling, in a medium bowl, stir together strawberries and remaining gelatinjuice
mixture. Cover and chill 1 hour or just until partially set (consistency of
unbeaten egg whites). Spoon strawberry mixture on set blueberry mixture. Cover
and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours or until set. Serve with whipped dessert topping.

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