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Yesterday on the blog I shared some summer entertaining tips that I hope you find useful this Memorial Day weekend or for 4th of July.  This is what I will be making this Memorial Day. I recently shared these tips on Studio 40 Live, the segment will air on Memorial Day and 4th of July watch Studio 40 Live on Fox 40 at 11 AM. 

Chips & Salsa | Here is my salsa recipehttps://bit.ly/2GKTQ4U


Veggie Cups with Ranch and Hummus
I love Ranch Dip it's so yummy but my new favorite thing is Hummus.  
I just use a Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Packet and Sour Cream, simple, and tasty, I try and use Daisy Sour Cream, I find it's thick and doesn't form liquid at the top like other brands.  

I know Hummus is super easy to make, I usually use store-bought Sabra or pick some up from a local restaurant.  Just the other day I picked up a small tub of Cilantro Hummus from Extreme Hummus in Citrus Heights OMG heavenly, I love cilantro and hummus so this is my all new favorite hummus.  If you are local I highly recommend them, they also have fries and chicken nuggets if your kids are not into Gyros and Hummus.

Chicken Skewers - Expresco ProSticks
There are times when I make my own chicken skewers, marinate them overnight but when it comes to Memorial Day weekend when there are plenty of other things I am making my go to is the Expresco Chicken Skewers they come in 3 flavors Sweet Sriracha, Mediterranean Style, and Chipotle. I usually go with the Mediterranean Style.  They are fully cooked,  ready to eat and packed with protein.  Great for all my friends on the Keto diet.  You can find them at Safeway.  
I recently won coupons on one of their Social Media pages, which is another tip, if you have a favorite brand, follow them on social media, many times you can find recipes and coupon savings. 

Hamburgers & Hotdogs and for a side Potato Salad 
My hubby handles the grill and potato salad is easy to make ahead.

Red White & Blue Strawberries
What you need:
Strawberries, White Candy Melts, Blue Sprinkles

Wash and dry your strawberries.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.

Place 2 cups of white Wilton Candy Melts in a microwave safe bowl.

Add 2 teaspoons of canola oil to the candy melts, stir.

Microwave on your defrost setting for one minute, stir and then continue microwaving in 30-second increments stirring each time until all the candy melts are melted. I did approximately a total of 3 minutes, each microwave will vary.

Use a toothpick to hold the strawberry and dip in the candy melt, shake off excess.

Hold over a plate and use blue sprinkles on the bottom half of the white chocolate.

Place on wax paper and repeat.

Place in the refrigerator to set. 

Patriotic Oreos
What you need:
Oreos, White Candy Melts, Patriotic Sprinkles

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.

Place 2 cups of white Wilton Candy Melts in a microwave safe bowl.

Add 2 teaspoons of canola oil to the candy melts, stir.

Microwave on your defrost setting for one minute, stir and then continue microwaving in 30-second increments stirring each time until all the candy melts are melted. I did approximately a total of 3 minutes, each microwave will vary.

Dip half of the oreo in the white chocolate, shake off excess.

Hold over a plate and use patriotic sprinkles on the white chocolate.  

Place on wax paper and place in the refrigerator to set. 

DIY S'more Bar - Simple Summer Fun 
What you need: Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, Hershey's Chocolate and Skewers.
You can also have Nutella, sliced strawberries or patriotic sprinkles to add to the fun.

Flag Platter
What you need: Blueberries, Cherries, and White Chocolate Pretzels. Arrange like a flag!
You could use raspberries or strawberries for more red ideas or do a mix, I did all cherries.  

Red, White, and Blue Drink
What you need: Ocean Spray Cran-Apple, Sobe Pina Colada and Blue Fierce Gatorade
This looks really pretty in a beverage dispenser but you can also let everyone make there own glass, my boys like making there own.  

The key to getting the layers is pouring each layer very slowly.
Start by pouring the Cran-Apple in your glass a little less than 1/3 because it will rise when you add the ice.
Step 2 fill the glass with ice
Then pour the Sobe Pina Colada very slowly over an ice cube so it doesn't just mix in with the red juice.  
Lastly, pour the blue Gatorade.
I read some people used the low-calorie Gatorade since it has less sugar it helps the liquids not to mix.  I just used regular Gatorade and it still worked. The low-calorie G2 blue is a really light blue and I like the darker blue of Gatorade Fierce.

A couple more Patriotic ideas:
Patriotic Jello Cups

DIY Patriotic T-Shirts

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