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Fourth of July Cheesecake Substitutes

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

When thinking about dessert for a Fourth of July party, sometimes classic recipes are the best. But if you are looking for something that strays from the ordinary, here are three cheesecake-based desserts you can modify with color and fruit to fit your Independence Day celebration.

Cheesecake Popsicles

Make strawberry and blueberry cheesecake popsicles for a frozen red, white and blue dessert that will keep guests cool and your party on theme! For a non-dessert fruit popsicle, check out this recipe.

Cherries

No Bake Cheesecake Trifle

No bake desserts are perfect for summertime, and these can be colored red, white and blue to decorate your Fourth of July dessert table.

Mini Cheesecake Tarts

These mini cheesecakes are the perfect size for serving many guests, and the cherry filling can be substituted with other fruit fillings for a variety of flavor options at your party.

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The Real Simple Way to Dye Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Dyeing Easter eggs is a great activity for adults and kids alike. Have an Easter egg dyeing party beforehand and incorporate the eggs into your spring decor, or offer it as an activity during Easter weekend as your family and friends gather around.

Easter Egg Race SculptureThere are a variety of Easter egg dye kits available, as well as fun food coloring options, but you can also use natural ingredients to make your own dyes. We like Real Simple’s ingredient list and related video, which offers instructions for making a handful of fun colors to decorate your eggs with.

For blue, you guessed it, blueberries come into play. Turmeric makes yellow, and a paprika mixture gives eggs an orange hue. Raspberries are perfect for pink, and coffee grounds can give a white egg a traditional brown exterior. Find the complete ingredient lists HERE, and let us know if you try any of them out this year!

Real Simple All Natural Easter Egg Dye

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Holiday Sangria Recipes

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Cranberries

December 20th marks National Sangria Day, so here are three sangria recipes to help you celebrate this holiday season and the rest of the year (each recipe makes 6-8 servings).

Cranberry Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 750-mL bottles of Malbec, or a fruity red wine
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or Simple Syrup
  • 1 medium Gala apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small orange, halved and thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan to make simple syrup, bringing to a boil over high heat. When the sugar has fully dissolved, remove from heat.
  2. Add cinnamon sticks and set aside to cool completely. Combine cinnamon and simple syrup with cranberries, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Combine wine, Cointreau, the apple and orange in a container with a lid. Add strained cranberry-cinnamon mixture to taste; cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Garnish with cranberries, cinnamon
    sticks and fruit slices if desired; serve and enjoy!

Spiced Citrus Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 750-mL Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup orange juice

Directions:

  1. Chill fruit and liquid ingredients for at least 2 hours. Place the fruit in a large pitcher, and add rum and sugar. Stir gently and refrigerate for at least 2 more hours.
  2. Add the wine and orange juice to the pitcher, stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

White Wine Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 750-mL bottle Pinot Gris, or other dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup granulate sugar
  • 1 lime, sliced thick
  • 1 lemon, slicked thick
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda

Directions:

  1. Combine white wine, brandy and sugar in a large pitcher, stirring until sugar is mostly dissolved. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Add lime, lemon, apple and grapes. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Top everyone’s glass off with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy!

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