Review: McCormick's Grill Mates Marinades

Review: McCormick’s Grill Mates Marinade

Usually, I don’t review products on Patty Cake’s Pantry, but since we’re in the middle of grilling season, I decided to share. I have found a product that I really love. That product is McCormick’s Grill Mates Marinade. This post is NOT sponsored. This is just a product that I’ve found that I really enjoy, so I wanted to share it with you, my readers. I don’t know how things work in your household, but at Patty Cake’s Pantry, I am the one who has to marinate the meat, or mix up the dry rub and spread it on the […]

A Fun and Patriotic Menu for the 4th of July

A Fun and Patriotic Menu for the 4th of July

My children love days when the meals all follow the same theme. This is especially true for holidays. I have found some fun recipes that make a festive menu for the fourth of July, so I decided to share them with you as if they are one day’s meal plan or menu. Let’s start with Breakfast. What could be more fun than Flag Waffles? If waffles are too complicated for your morning, consider these Red, White and Bue Parfaits For Lunch, how about some of these Red, White, and Blue Pinwheels. These would also make a great addition to a […]

Sweet Treats for the 4th of July

22 Sweet Treats for Fourth of July

During the holidays, I love to have festive snack foods. The more festive the foods, the easier it is for us to get caught up in the holiday spirit. This year will be different because of the global pandemic that’s affecting all of our lives, so I have collected recipes for snack foods to serve at your Fourth of July celebration. Check out these amazing treats. Lemon Mascarpone Doughnuts Why not begin the day with some homemade doughnuts paired with fresh berries for a patriotic breakfast treat? Red, White, and Blue Strawberries Dipped strawberries are perfect any time of year, […]

No Bake Desserts for the 4th of July

Ten No Bake Desserts for Fourth of July

I don’t know about where you live, but July is the hottest month of the year here at Patty Cake’s Pantry. Since it’s so hot, turning on the stove and oven are the last thing anyone wants to do. That’s why I’m always looking for no bake desserts. Check out this collection of Patriotic No Bake Desserts for the Fourth of July. American Flag Cheesecake This is a creative way to prepare a patriotic cheesecake for your holiday table. I love that there’s no baking required. Rice Krispies Treat Sparklers Rice krispie treats are a favorite with our children. Adding […]

Baked Desserts for 4th of July

18 Patriotic Baked Desserts for Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is the highlight of mid summer. This year will be different thanks to a global pandemic, but that’s no reason not to celebrate this great country of ours with a festive patriotic dessert. I have collected some amazing baked dessert recipes to share with you. Whether you’re looking for something cute, for the children, or something classy, for the adults with more sophisticated tastes, you’ll find something here. Click on the links below to learn how to make these treats. (If you’re looking for cookie recipes, you’ll find them in this post of Sweet Treats.) Super […]

3 Salads for 4th of July

Three Salads for Fourth of July

Your Independence day barbecue needs more that just hotdogs and hamburgers, right? Maybe you could add a salad, but it might not be well received. I’m here to tell you that there’s no reason for your salad for the Fourth of July to be boring, and there’s no reason to leave a salad off of your table because it doesn’t go with the theme. Check out this collection of Salad recipes that could grace your table this Fourth of July. Red White and Blue Watermelon Salad with Blueberries Fruit pairs well with cheese, and this simple salad is a light […]

Eleven Patriotic Beverages for American Independence Day--The 4th of July

Eleven Patriotic Beverages for American Independence Day

Are you like me? Do you try to make every aspect of your Summer barbecue festive? I have collected some recipes for Patriotic Beverages from around the web to share with you. Some are non-alcoholic and other’s are “adult beverages.” Check out these recipes by clicking the links below. Non-Alcoholic Beverages Strawberry Blueberry Infused Water Fruit infused water is a great drink for the whole summer. Red, White and Blue Layered Punch This layered drink requires some “settling” time for the layers to separate, but it’s completely worth it. Blender Virgin Daiquiri Recipe Who doesn’t like a frozen drink on […]

Eight Frozen Treats for Independence Day

Eight Frozen Treats for Independence Day

Summer is hot in our part of the world, and Frozen Treats are always a good thing to have on the Fourth of July. I have collected several recipes for frozen treats from around the web for your consideration. Red, White, and Blueberry Smoothie Popsicles Red, white, and blue popsicles almost always make their way onto our 4th of July menu. These layers are made from smoothies, so their a healthier option. Patriotic Red, White and Blue Graham Cracker Frozen Treat Homemade ice cream sandwiches are something fun that the kids can help create. They’re fast and easy to prepare. […]

Fourth of July Treats for Special Diets

Nine Fourth of July Treats for Special Diets

Holidays are a time to celebrate, but for people with special diets or dietary sensitivities, family get-togethers can be stressful. A friend of mine who has gluten intolerance always worries if there will be something that she is able to eat when she is invited to someone’s house. This collection of recipes is for those people who have someone in your circle of friends, or family, who follow a special diet. There are several different types of diets represented–low carb, keto, paleo, vegan, and gluten free. Hopefully you will find something in this list to meet your needs. Low Carb […]

Five Things I Detest about my Instant Pot

Five Things I Despise about the Instant Pot

There are things that I really despise about my Instant Pot. I’m not new to pressure cooking, so a lot of the complaints that people have about the Instant Pot don’t really bother me. I knew that pressure cookers take time to build up pressure which adds to the cooking time. I still have my old, stove top, model that I bought ages ago, and for Christmas 2015, Bus Boy gifted me with an electric pressure cooker. It wasn’t an Instant Pot. It was called a Power Cooker Express. At the time, I didn’t think that I needed one. I […]