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4th of July Made Simple

June 16, 2018 118 Comments

Parades, bbq’s, carnivals, fireworks, and FOOD!! Don’t you guys just love the 4th of July?! It’s totally my favorite holiday. I love summertime and being outside with my girls and I even love my kids being out of school (most of the time 😉). I’m kind of known in my family for my desserts. I have LOTS of yummy things up my sleeve but that being said, I have four kids including baby twins. I don’t really have time or energy to slave away over a stove or do something that is super time consuming, especially in the summer. So for about five years straight now I’ve made the same two things for our family party. They’re so simple, super cheap to make, and yummy! Everyone knows what’s coming since I do it the same every year, but no one complains because they’re good, refreshing and festive. 
Now remember, I have little “helpers” that are right by my side when I’m making anything sweet so it’s not the most professional looking but, if your kids are helping and the things you’re making are looking all perfect then you don’t need blog tips because that means you’re an alien of some sort. 😆 Just kidding. But in all honesty, these are so simple, easy on the wallet and it’s fun to let your kids get creative in the kitchen and make messes..... I mean memories! Haha
The two things I always make are a Red, White, Blue pudding cake and chocolate covered pretzels! (Or Oreos, or wafers or anything that you want to be covered in chocolate!) That’s it! It’s so simple and they’re easy to transport which is always a plus for holidays. Here’s what you’ll need along with very difficult and contrast instructions. (Not. I’m all about eyeballing when it comes to recipes so don’t expect in depth instructions unless I’m baking.)
Here’s your list for the cake:
  • Pre-made angel food cake
  • 2 Large tubs of Cool Whip
  • 1 Large packet of instant vanilla pudding
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Blueberries 
Prepare your pudding according to the instructions
on the box. Let set up. Cut the cake into bite size
cubes and lay in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
When your pudding is set, pour it all over the cake
cubes. I don’t stir it in, I just let the cake absorb it.
Then do a thick layer of Cool Whip being gentle
with your spatula so you don’t mix layers. Then
you make your flag design on top with the fruit.
I try to use similar shaped strawberries so it looks
somewhat uniform.
                   
              
And the chocolate covered pretzels are so dang easy, I wouldn't even consider this a recipe. Haha. 
Here's the list for those:
  • Pretzel rods
  • White chocolate melting chips (The ones I like to use are the Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers)
  • Food coloring 
    Put your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl
    and microwave in 30 second increments until
    chocolate is almost all melted. Remove and stir
    until melted. This avoids burning your chocolate.
    Then dip your pretzels in the white chocolate 
    leaving a little bit of the pretzel exposed. Lay flat
    on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or foil
    with at least 1 inch in between pretzels. Let set
    in fridge for at least 15 minutes. Then separate
    the remaining chocolate and dye each one with
    your food coloring and stir. With a spoon held high
    just go back and forth really quickly over the
    pretzels and it will give it the fun, whimsical lines.
    Then just let them set in the fridge until set. 
    These are so simple and yummy holiday treats that everyone is sure to love. I hope you all have an awesome and safe 4th Of July! And hopefully a yummy one as well. :)
    And how ADORABLE are my girl's outfits! Of course these are Sparkle In Pink and we have a ton of options and there is still time to order and get yours before the holiday! YAY! Here's the link: https://sparkleinpink.com/collections/4th-of-july 
    Love always,
    Jessie-
    Sparkle In Pink
    P.S. The discount code for today's blog is: USA15
    Take 15% off everything in our 4th of July collection with that code.
    **Will expire on June 30th at midnight MST**
     


    100 Responses

    Brittany
    Brittany

    July 30, 2018

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    Sarah
    Sarah

    July 01, 2018

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    Sarah
    Sarah

    July 01, 2018

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    Barbara
    Barbara

    June 29, 2018

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    June 28, 2018

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    Katiee& adaline

    June 26, 2018

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    Lindsey

    June 26, 2018

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    Amanda Rodgers

    June 26, 2018

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    Lindi

    June 25, 2018

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    Hannah Green

    June 25, 2018

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    Brandy
    Brandy

    June 24, 2018

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    Rebecca Zangari
    Rebecca Zangari

    June 24, 2018

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    Cara wilbur

    June 24, 2018

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    Mindy Plank
    Mindy Plank

    June 23, 2018

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    Julia

    June 23, 2018

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    Paula
    Paula

    June 23, 2018

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    Charlotte Todd
    Charlotte Todd

    June 23, 2018

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    Taylor Lee

    June 22, 2018

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    Misty Hutchcraft
    Misty Hutchcraft

    June 22, 2018

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    Allison kisskalt

    June 22, 2018

    Would love to see posts about hand made gifts from the kids!

    Tiara
    Tiara

    June 22, 2018

    Every Holiday is my FAV! I love these ideas to spice it up! I would love to see toddler friendly recipes and activities. My daughter is 3 and it’s so hard at this age to find things to do for her size and we all know the struggle is real when it comes to eating!

    Shanna West
    Shanna West

    June 22, 2018

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    Teresa Mundy
    Teresa Mundy

    June 22, 2018

    I would like to see really fun ideas on how to celebrate the 4th of July with toddler age children.

    Krystal
    Krystal

    June 22, 2018

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    Christena merrill
    Christena merrill

    June 22, 2018

    Awesome ideas! I’d love to see kid friendly crafts!

    Marie
    Marie

    June 22, 2018

    Would love to see some cute hair tutorials for little girls!😊

    Whittney Romano
    Whittney Romano

    June 22, 2018

    I need some kid friendly recipes! Other than chicken nuggets and corn dogs 😂

    Jennifer Suggs
    Jennifer Suggs

    June 22, 2018

    I absolutely adore this company! I have always loved the cute, boutique style outfits for little girls, but with four kids (3 of those being girls!! 😱) I was never able to afford them. Thanks to this company, now I can! I get so many compliments on how my kids are dressed (especially the 4 & 5 year olds!). Since you also have four little ones, what are your suggestions about healthy, affordable snacks for kids? I would love to know what kind of meal plan your family has.

    Kayla Shephard
    Kayla Shephard

    June 22, 2018

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    Angela
    Angela

    June 22, 2018

    love to see holiday crafts and fun recipe ideas.

    Marissa
    Marissa

    June 22, 2018

    I love the Holiday snacks/food ideas! Craft and gift ideas would be awesome too! ❤💙

    Lily cenobio
    Lily cenobio

    June 22, 2018

    I love reading about activities to do with toddlers!

    Kelli Coulam
    Kelli Coulam

    June 22, 2018

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    I would love to see recipes, Holiday ideas, crafts etc…

    Nikki Roberts
    Nikki Roberts

    June 22, 2018

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    Chelsea Martinez
    Chelsea Martinez

    June 22, 2018

    I like reading about fun activities to do with toddlers!

    Jessica
    Jessica

    June 22, 2018

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    Chrissy f
    Chrissy f

    June 22, 2018

    Fun food recipes !

    Stacey
    Stacey

    June 22, 2018

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    Ashley Meyers
    Ashley Meyers

    June 22, 2018

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    LINDSAY UNDERHILL
    LINDSAY UNDERHILL

    June 21, 2018

    Yay, super excited about this blog. Not only does Sparkle in Pink go above and beyond by keeping us stylish, but now we get awesome ideas too. Thank you for sharing those yummy recipes with us. My girls and I would love more delicious recipes. I would love to know what y’all do for fun crafts indoors. If you have any cute hair tutorials, I would enjoy learning new hair techniques. My oldest is a picky eater and I could use some extra ideas for meal time.
    One last thing, it makes my heart so happy to see a company truly celebrate July 4th with yummy treats and stylish outfits. My husband served eight years in the USMC and we love dressing up for the 4th.
    Thank you!!!

    Saundra Burks
    Saundra Burks

    June 21, 2018

    Super easy recipes! I made the pretzel rods as a kid with my aunt, I love baking. It brings back so many good memories from when I was little! Cant wait to see the next blog!

    Jessica
    Jessica

    June 21, 2018

    Birthday party hacks!

    Sarah Piecznski
    Sarah Piecznski

    June 21, 2018

    What a great blog!!! I love it! I would love to see a blog with parenting hacks! I have 3 kiddos who are openly dinosaurs.. but gotta love em! Haha

    Jecelyn
    Jecelyn

    June 21, 2018

    I would like to see more kid-friendly dessert recipes. I love to “pin” them to make for holidays. And if you have any ideas for gluten-free cookies, cakes or pastries I’d like to see those also. Was recently diagnosed with a gluten allergy and I love(d) sweets. 😊

    Kristen DaRosa
    Kristen DaRosa

    June 21, 2018

    Kid friendly recipes would be great. Love to cook with my daughter

    Kim white
    Kim white

    June 21, 2018

    These look great would love to see some easy Healthy recipes!!

    Sarah Spain
    Sarah Spain

    June 21, 2018

    Easy kid recipes for the picky eater!

    Lindsay
    Lindsay

    June 21, 2018

    I love all the ideas

    Ashley
    Ashley

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see a blog on aspiring entrepreneur moms …maybe different tips on how to balance building a business/brand while raising little ones

    April
    April

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see easy dinner ideas for busy families on the go.

    April philpott
    April philpott

    June 21, 2018

    Fun and easy snacks for the kids.

    Mary
    Mary

    June 21, 2018

    Blog more on Kid friendly treats

    Stephanie Clegg
    Stephanie Clegg

    June 21, 2018

    I enjoy the holiday treats

    Alissa Obermueller
    Alissa Obermueller

    June 21, 2018

    We love making the pretzel rods. Keep the ideas coming!

    Patti Sparks
    Patti Sparks

    June 21, 2018

    Would love to see kid crafts!

    Anne Frost
    Anne Frost

    June 21, 2018

    I am so excited to make that cake with my grandkids. I would love to see more kid friendly recipes that my 3 year old granddaughter can help with. She loves being in the kitchen and helping out.

    Sonya Lester
    Sonya Lester

    June 21, 2018

    I would love toy holiday crafts!

    Marandi B
    Marandi B

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see holiday themed crafts and snacks!! I loved this one for the 4th!

    Lea Winsor
    Lea Winsor

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see all types of food! It’s nice to see a variety of new things to try. Parenting tips and hacks would be another fun topic. Love the blog idea!!

    K. Speciale
    K. Speciale

    June 21, 2018

    These are so cute! I have a toddler who loves to help me cook, definitely going to try these! I love your site and the quality and cuteness of everything 😊 it’d be nice to see some family fun crafts, parenting advice on this new blog😀

    Allie Krafft
    Allie Krafft

    June 21, 2018

    Would love to see easy dinner tips!!

    Sheyenne Kohutek
    Sheyenne Kohutek

    June 21, 2018

    Love these ideas! I would love to see more craft ideas! Any and all crafts!

    Angie Pugh
    Angie Pugh

    June 21, 2018

    These look so good and fun! Thanks for sharing! Excited to see what else you’ll have for us in these blogs.

    Steph
    Steph

    June 21, 2018

    Love easy family outing ideas.

    Leslie
    Leslie

    June 21, 2018

    I love the 4th of July! Thanks for the new ideas!

    Stacy
    Stacy

    June 21, 2018

    Thank you so much! I had no idea what I was going to make. Definitely going to try out this delicious lookin’ cake for the 4th. 🎆

    Rachael Bolin
    Rachael Bolin

    June 21, 2018

    Thank You!!! Im broke and have a family reunion Saturday and you just saved me.lol Im all for year long baking & treats! Thats my thang! Id love to see anything though. I love trying new things!

    Payton garrison
    Payton garrison

    June 21, 2018

    Those all look so amazing and I love every ounce of your little girl clothes I buy so much off of here

    Beth Williams
    Beth Williams

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see holiday crafts/recipes 😍🎉 might have to try to make the flag cake with my grandkids for the 4th.

    Sylvia Newsome
    Sylvia Newsome

    June 21, 2018

    Cute ideas!! We love the 4th! 🇺🇸 I would love to see more crafts! ✂️🖍

    Sierra
    Sierra

    June 21, 2018

    I’d love to see fun holiday meals/crafts/anything!

    Liz
    Liz

    June 21, 2018

    I’d like to read recipes, holiday treats/crafts, etc.

    Merisha Hawks
    Merisha Hawks

    June 21, 2018

    I love sparkle in pink. I would like to see parenting advice and recipes I can make with my kids.

    Heather Ekstrum
    Heather Ekstrum

    June 21, 2018

    Can’t wait to put my sparkle in pink 4th of July outfit on my 4 yr old! Would love to see child friendly recipes and tips

    Heather Ekstrum
    Heather Ekstrum

    June 21, 2018

    Can’t wait to put my sparkle in pink 4th of July outfit on my 4 yr old!

    Courtney B
    Courtney B

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see all the not so healthy recipes and how to beat the summer slump

    Kellie Sharp
    Kellie Sharp

    June 21, 2018

    Love reading about other parents supporting each other with cool tips and tricks

    Paige Presnell
    Paige Presnell

    June 21, 2018

    I LOVE Sparkle In Pink! All of the clothes are so affordable and super cute! I would love to see parenting tips and Holiday DIY’s on the blog! Looking forward to following along!

    Tricia Murawski
    Tricia Murawski

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see more party planning tips.

    Jenea Almendariz
    Jenea Almendariz

    June 21, 2018

    I’d love to see baking ideas to do with my 4 children.

    Rochelle
    Rochelle

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see tips and ideas for party planning, holiday crafts, and fun recipes!

    Kristen McCannon
    Kristen McCannon

    June 21, 2018

    Love the recipes. Works love to see more recipes or easy craft ideas!

    Heaven Thomas
    Heaven Thomas

    June 21, 2018

    Fiest let me say, we love SIP! Affordable and stylish! 💓

    My little one loves to be my “helper” in the kitchen. Every time I start to cook she pulls a chair up to the counter. The problem is she is 3, so I love seeing recipes and dessert ideas for things she can help with. We are going to attempt to try and eat healthier (say a prayer for me trying to get her to eat veggies) because her doctor is concerned about her rapid weight gain. Maybe healthy recipes that wont prevent me from slurging on clothes but that my picky three year old will eat.

    Lindsey Hall
    Lindsey Hall

    June 21, 2018

    Would love to see treats, crafts and parenting tips :)

    Jennifer Vaughn
    Jennifer Vaughn

    June 21, 2018

    Would love to hear some quick dinner ideas, and mommy and me ideas! We have 2 girls and they absolutely love all the clothes!!

    Delinda Meyer
    Delinda Meyer

    June 21, 2018

    First of all, I LOVE your shop! I order all of my daughters holiday outfits for Christmas, Easter and my favorite…4th of July! I always get told how cute she looks and then get asked where I bought them! Everything fits her perfectly and I have never once had an issue. I’m totally excited about your new blog. I love reading/hearing other moms talk about their every day lives! With that being said, I would love to see ideas/recipes for busy weeknight dinners, healthy lunchbox ideas for kids and moms (I’m a teacher), and quick breakfast ideas for when school starts back up!

    Destiny Nowland
    Destiny Nowland

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see healthy family friendly recipes!!

    Bertha Alamillo
    Bertha Alamillo

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see crafting ideas especially for summer breaks or for holiday breaks. Also, some delicious snacks say for mid day for children. Thank you & i look forward to your blog!

    Katie
    Katie

    June 21, 2018

    I would like to see rainy day craft ideas for toddlers that are easy, cheap, and fun for just about anyone! LOVE the girls outfits!

    Bobbie
    Bobbie

    June 21, 2018

    I’d love to see breakfast ideas!!!

    Cristina
    Cristina

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see healthy kids recipes!

    Lindsay Dirkes
    Lindsay Dirkes

    June 21, 2018

    This store is amazing!!!! I would love to see freezer meals and breakfast ideas!!!

    Tai Hatchett
    Tai Hatchett

    June 21, 2018

    Hi!! I can’t wait to make this with my little ladies! I’m a new shopper of your site and I love absolutely everything!! I would love to read more tips on holiday gift ideas. Thank you for the discount code!

    Sarah
    Sarah

    June 21, 2018

    Love the dessert idea! Would love to see quick dinner ideas or crockpot ideas! Always running out of new dinner ideas 💡! Also like to see fun holiday craft projects for kids!

    Courtney Krause
    Courtney Krause

    June 21, 2018

    First off I love SIP! I have two girls ages 1 & 3, and I have my BF & MIL hooked on your clothing and accessories. Thank you for making a truly wonderful shopping experience for a busy working mom.
    As for the blog… this is amazing as well. I think anything holiday will be popular. We also love mommy and me ideas! Good luck with this new adventure. I am sure it will be just as popular as your soaring website!

    Vicky New
    Vicky New

    June 21, 2018

    I’m going to make the flag cake with my 5 year old granddaughter. Would love to see more dessert ideas to make with her!

    Angela phillips
    Angela phillips

    June 21, 2018

    I would love to see ideas for fun and healthy snacks

    Kat
    Kat

    June 21, 2018

    Definitely trying these with my littles!

    I’d be interested to see kid friendly healthy recipes! I always have a hard time getting my girls to eat somdays.

    Taylor Sims
    Taylor Sims

    June 21, 2018

    Great treat ideas! I’d love to see some easy craft ideas, simple dinner ideas, and maybe some cute girl hairstyles!

    Rosa Lu
    Rosa Lu

    June 21, 2018

    Great ideas!! Would love to see more holiday blogs that focus on cute snack ideas, DIY crafts, and outfit pairings for that holiday. Also maybe having monthly guest bloggers (meaning us mommas who love SIP) to add variety. Can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

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