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I love Independence Day.
Maybe it’s because I grew up in the Washington DC metro area. The 4th of July was one of the best times of the year. We would walk down to the Village Green and sit on a sheet on the grass, eating snacks and playing with sparklers, waiting for the fireworks to begin. When my children were born, I was thrilled to take them to the same Village Green I had played on to see the fireworks display.
Here in North Carolina, we have gone to many different celebrations. It’s been fun to see the many ways one can celebrate our nation’s birth. One thing that never changes… food is a MUST! Independence Day would not be the same without treats to keep us full and entertained while we wait for fireworks.
Today, I am sharing with you a treat that combines two of my favorite 4th of July traditions- fruit and sparklers. Every year around this time, watermelon and berries go on sale. This is the PERFECT time to fill up on the juicy goodness and not break the bank. The kids (and adults) will love making these sparklers, and they make a beautiful centerpieces. Give them a try! They may turn into your new family Independence Day tradition.
Independence Day Fruit Sparklers
- 1 watermelon
- 3 cups strawberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries (fresh or frozen (slice or cut strawberries))
Slice your watermelon into 3/4 inch slices.
Use your star-shaped cookie cutter to cut stars shapes from the watermelon slices, keeping as close as you can so as not to waste the fruit.
Place star-shaped watermelon on top of bamboo skewers.
Slide berries onto bamboo skewers below the star shaped watermelon in whatever pattern you desire.
For this recipe, you will need bamboo skewers and a star-shaped cookie cutter.
I use frozen berries because that is what my children prefer, but fresh berries work well, too. It’s all a matter of preference.
Place finished Fruit Sparklers into your favorite Mason Jar. I like to use my Blue Ball Jars because I like to be extra festive 🙂
You can watch me make them here. They are SUPER simple.
Amanda is a wife, mom, and all around frugal lady. She shares her family and faith on The Fundamental Home and Fundamental Faith YouTube channels. She also blogs at thefundamentalhome.com There, you can find her blog series, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month.” Amanda is co-creator of Frugal Family Food and, as such, is dedicated to helping families eat well on a budget.
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