Kids in the Kitchen: 4th of July Foods

July is a hot month full of pool parties, baseball games and the most patriotic of American holidays, Independence Day! Boost the American spirit and bring red-white-and-blue to the table and poolside with these kid-friendly recipes.  ~ Kristi Johnson Marion


Watermelon “Sparkler” Pops

By Kristi Johnson Marion






star-shaped cookie cutter


  1. Slice watermelon to a thickness slightly thinner than the star cookie cutter (roughly half an inch).
  1. Let the kids place 8-10 blueberries on the skewer, alternating with mini-marshmallows.
  1. Use the star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out star watermelon slices.
  1. Place watermelon star on top of the skewer stick.

Patriotic Popcorn

By Kristi Johnson Marion


4 cups plain popcorn (popped)

16 red candy melts

16 blue candy melts

optional: mini marshmallows & red & blue M&M’s®


  1. Melt the red and blue candy melts in separate bowls in the microwave at half power for 1 minute, then stir. Melt again for 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted.
  1. Place half the popcorn in large bowl and drizzle blue candy melts, gently turning with a large spatula.
  1. Place the other half of the popcorn in a bowl and drizzle red candy melts over mixture, turning with a clean large spatula.
  1. Let each popcorn mixture cool for one hour, or until candied popcorn has cooled, then toss the red and blue popcorn together in a large bowl (with optional mini-marshmallows and red and blue M&M’s®).

Blueberry Cobbler

By Emily Eileen Carter


4 Tablespoons butter

¼ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups fresh blueberries

½ cup steel-cut oatmeal

⅔ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup whole milk


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  1. Put butter in an 8-inch square or 9-inch round glass dish, microwave to melt butter.
  1. Mix sugar, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Add oats, flour, and milk; whisk to form a smooth batter.
  1. Place blueberries in glass dish; then pour batter over blueberries.
  1. Bake until batter browns and fruit bubbles, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.