July 4th is almost here and I'm sure most of you are busy getting ready for the festivities. Picnics, barbeques, fireworks . . . . all so much fun. And all of it outside. Where it's hot. Really hot, if you're in most places.
Don't let the summer heat spoil any plans! Thanks to grills and slow cookers, you can still enjoy many wonderful summer favorites with very little effort. I'm sharing a couple of my family's favorite summer recipes - one done in a slow cooker (what could be easier?) and one on the grill. Both are super simple and delicious!
Slow Cooked Baked Beans
Cheesy Grilled Potatoes
Wrap the foil securely around the potato-cheese mixture, forming a little pouch. Pierce the top of the foil pouch once or twice with a fork to vent steam.
Place the packet approximately 4 - 6 inches from medium heat, cover the grill and cook for 45 - 60 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Remove the potatoes from the grill and carefully open the foil packet. Sprinkle with bacon and onions.
Put the side dishes together, add something like a grilled bacon-cheeseburger and you've got a tasty, filling, fuss-free meal!
Need a little something sweet for after dinner or in-between meals on the 4th? A treat that can take the heat if you're picnicking outside? How about an iced sugar cookie? I've never turned down a sugar cookie and you can have so much fun decorating them for the holiday!
Iced Sugar Cookies
As many of you now know, I am not known for my cookie decorating skills. They are minimal, at best. Thanks to sites like Pinterest and the brilliant, wonderful people who share ideas there, I've been able to bump-up my abilities just a little. This year, we'll have "fireworks" cookies (like the ones pictured above) and even some tie-dyed stars (see below)! Aren't they pretty? And so unbelievably EASY!!
You can find a terrific sugar cookie recipe and wonderfully easy icing recipe here. The technique for making fun "firework" design can be found here and you'll find the tie-dye icing technique here.