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A Salute to Summer

Isn't July exciting, with its fireworks, parades, and outdoor entertaining? This month’s Family-Cents features star-spangled treats and quick, colorful meals to keep your family ooo-ing and ahhh-ing on the 4th of July and all month long!

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Recipe photo Red, White and Blueberry Salad
Inspire big and little patriots to march to the table, with this easy star-spangled salad. The yogurt-based dressing uses only three ingredients and is fat free!

Recipe photo Layered Mexican Party Salad
Spice up a casual barbecue with this colorful, festive side dish. You can even assemble it the night before, so you can relax and enjoy.

Recipe photo Club Pasta Salad
Stuck in a "sandwich rut" when you need a quick dinner solution? Take a tasty detour with this quick salad made with club sandwich ingredients.

Great Tips from You!


BEAT THE HEAT - How do you get out of the kitchen quickly in the summer, while still serving tasty, homemade meals for your family?


Tip #1 from Shannon R. in San Diego

I tend to use more fresh produce from local farmers markets in the summer months to make salads, wraps, and dishes that require little to no oven use. If we need to cook something we take it out to the grill. I also use my bread machine more in the summer months to bake bread, which helps save on energy and keeps the heat level down in the kitchen!

Tip #2 from Laurie in Toledo

We prepare easy and healthy crock pot meals, just like we do in winter. However, instead of cooking it in the kitchen, we put the slow cooker on the enclosed porch. That way, we have a delicious meal without heating the house!

Tip #3 from Sammy Sue in Hibbing, MN

I let my kids help pick veggies such as carrots or peas from the garden. They are naturally curious to help me clean and prepare them, and they even eat the vegetables more eagerly when they have helped.

Tip #4 from C Kusch in Kalispell, MT

We use the crock pot a lot! Keeps the heat down in the house. We also use a rotisserie...the "set it and forget it type". We put the meat in (you can do just about anything in it...even shish kabobs) and put it outside on the picnic table...the heat from cooking stays outside!

Editor's Picks:
Red, White and Yummy

Use these star-spangled fudgy treats as a casual, fun centerpiece...if you can keep them on the table for more than a minute!

Stars and Stripes Brownies See this recipe and more at BetterAtHome.com


arrow Easy Strawberry-Banana Smoothies  Beat breakfast boredom with this nutritious 5-minute treat, served with granola bars, muffins or toast.  
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arrow Classic Strawberry Shortcakes  Let the kids help assemble this classic favorite, while you reminisce about kitchen fun with your own parents or grandparents.  
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arrow Chocolate-Raspberry Frozen Yogurt Parfaits  Sneak some whole grain oat goodness into dessert with this chocolate-y, fruity treat.  
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arrow Fresh Dill Yogurt Dip  Take advantage of your garden's summer bounty by turning veggies into a nutritious, refreshing snack with this creamy dip.  
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