Happy 4th to everyone celebrating and a belated Canada Day to all those who just celebrated that holiday.

I wrote a 15 Red, White, and Blue Recipes post a few days ago.

Martha Stewart Blueberry and Strawberry Trifle with Sparklers

Today I don’t have anything earth-shattering because I’m not throwing any parties for the holiday or making any more red, white, and blue food today.

However, I bet if you made Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies and added a couple drops of red food coloring to the dough before baking them, you’d have a perfect red dessert for the holiday.

They’re practically red already and are foolproof and incredibly easy.

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Or even better, add a few drops of red and blue food coloring to the batter and gently swirl for tie-dyed cupcakes.

And then stuff them with whatever candy you have on hand. You do have candy on hand, right?

3 Musketeers Marshmallow Candy-Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

3 Musketeers Marshmallow Candy-Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

What are you doing to celebrate the holiday? Fireworks? Time with family and friends?

We’re not doing anything special other than standing on our balcony and hopefully we’ll be able to catch at least one (or two or three) fireworks shows going on around San Diego. We’re not fighting the crowds or dealing with parking to drive anywhere, that’s for sure.

The most crowds I am up for braving will be Trader Joe’s and the grocery store. I happened to do a horrible job of planning and timing my fresh produce and need to restock just about everything and luckily they’re open until 5pm today, as well as the regular grocery store.

I have a fabulous part 2 (giveaway alert!) to the Homemade Peanut Butter post, which was part 1, but wanted to post it on a non-holiday. Back to business as usual tomorrow with that.

For now, a run. It’s 65F, cool, overcast and windy here.  Tailgating, not firecracker, weather.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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