July 1, 2014

4th of July Frafting

This Independence day, we’ve brought you 3 easy food crafting ideas to get your home ready for Fourth of July entertaining.  Food + Crafting = Frafting!  Is frafting a thing?  We think it is!  

These three ideas took less than 2 hours and cost less than $30.  Check out a few ways to quickly and affordably add some Americana flair to your weekend!

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Supplies: Jars, White Rice, Food Coloring
Cost: The rice and food coloring was about $8

1. Divide the uncooked rice into thirds.  

2. Leave one third in the bag and place the other two thirds into separate glass bowls.  Make sure to use glass or metals bowls as the dye could stain ceramics or plastics.   

3.  Drop desired amount of dye into rice and stir until completely coated.  Add more dye as needed.  We used gel dye which worked really well, but started out a little clumpy.  

4. Lay rice atop cookie sheets to dry (20-30 minutes).  (We actually didn’t do this, we just left it on the counter while we worked on our other frafts, but we live in Arizona where it is really dry.)

5. Pour layers of rice into desired jars and place tea lights, lollypops, pinwheels or (our choice) adorable chocolate covered oreos inside!

These jars are a great way to add a little red, white and blue to your table decor!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Supplies: Strawberries, white dipping chocolate, red white and blue sprinkles. 
Cost: $8

1. Rinse the strawberries.

2. Heat up the chocolate.  We loved the Dolci Frutta because all you have to do is pop it in the microwave at half power and stir every 30 seconds for 2 minutes.

3. Dip strawberries into white chocolate.  Allow excess to drip off, back into container.

4. Lightly roll in sprinkles. To conserve sprinkles, only cover one half.  The sprinkles go fast!
5. Place on wax paper or if you are like us, aluminum foil works too.

6.  Once all strawberries have been dipped and sprinkled, place in the fridge to allow chocolate to harden. 

These patriotic strawberries are easy, quick and the perfect way to impress your friends at your Fourth of July picnic!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Supplies: Bamboo Skewers, 2-3 apples, Lemon juice, 3 packs of strawberries (you need more than you think- we had to go back to the store!), blueberries, 3-4 bananas, a star cookie cutter or star cutting knife skills (we went with the latter.)
Cost: $14

1. Slice the apple.  We made horizontal cuts across the apple, then etched stars into each piece before cutting with a smaller knife. Using a cookie cutter would probably be easier. Make extra stars.  We lost a few when attempting to add them to the skewer. (See star graveyard below.)

2. Soak each star in lemon juice to prevent the apple from browning. 

3. Rinse strawberries and blueberries
4. Peal and cut bananas into half inch rounds and soak in lemon juice to prevent browning. 
5. Begin adding fruit to skewers.  We did the blueberries and stars first to make sure everything lined up correctly.

6.  Cut strawberries as you go.  It’s much easier to adjust the sizes for each row to keep them spaced evenly. Lay each skewer on the platter as you go to keep an eye on spacing.  

7. Serve with a bowl of whipped cream or chocolate dipping sauce.

These skewers are a delicious, healthy way to get into the 4th of July spirit!  And the kids will love them!

We hope you all can use these quick “frafts” to liven up your Independence Day table!  If you make any of these goodies this weekend, be sure to share your photos with us! Use #yourjubilee or tag us on social media @yourjubilee

Have a safe and super fun holiday weekend!

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