What’s in Your Kitchen Wednesday

Happy {almost} 4th of July!  What are your plans for the holiday?  We’re headed to a pool party and then plan to cook out and shoot fireworks.  And by fireworks, I mean sparklers, and parachutes and small fountains.

Historically, my husband and I have never been much for purchasing fireworks.  However, Doodle is wild for smoke bombs, and snakes, and snaps…so, yeah.  This year we have a pile of stuff. 😉

Also…exciting news!  Are you looking for tips on improving your photography?  I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve found that my pictures really started to improve after I read Lindsay’s Tasty Food Photography e-book.  I’m still learning, but it’s absolutely been a great resource, and I highly recommend it to anyone to improving their photography skills.  Scroll down to the end of the post to enter for your chance to win a free copy!

Tasty Food Photography

Or, if you just want to hop over and order a copy for yourself, Lindsay’s offering a 30% discount code through July 8: just use the code newversion30 at checkout.

But make sure you check out this week’s features first!  The most viewed post was this Fiesta Chicken from Snippets of Inspiration.  Look at all of that cheesy goodness!

fiesta pie

I am completely wowed by these Patriotic Barn Star Cookies from Semisweet Handcrafted Sweet Treats.  Holy cow!


How gorgeous are these Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes from Heather’s French Press?  Just perfect for your holiday celebration!


Speaking of holiday foods, I love this fun take on potato salad from Home Cooking Memories:


And if you’re still looking for festive holiday dessert ideas, Growing up Gabel has you covered!


Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a copy of Lindsay’s Tasty Food Photography e-book!  Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!

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  1. Samantha @ Five Heart Home

    Thanks so much for hosting another week! We have a stockpile of fireworks ready for this Thursday as well. I don’t know who’s more excited…my boys or my husband! Have a great 4th!
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  2. Lisa @ Cooking with Curls

    Thanks so much for the party! I have no plans for the 4th 🙁 We used to set off fireworks purchased illegally in Wisconsin, but they put houses in the corn field and we had to stop! I could use some help with my food photography skills 🙂 Have a fun 4th!
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  3. Danielle

    thanks for hosting the party!And thanks for the feature! Woo hoo! have a great night!
    ~Danielle @ Snippets of Inspiration

  4. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Thank you for hosting! We are going to our annual family BBQ where my father-in-law throws the best feast and hopefully after we can waddle to see the fireworks! Have a great 4th!
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  5. karen

    Would love to have this!!

  6. Heidi

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway! Our families plans for the 4th are to do all the fun FREE 4th of July activities that our small town has to offer. Starting with a pancake feed at the firehouse, moving on over to downtown to watch the parade, hot dog feed and games and activities at the local park, then perhaps home to rest and get our grilling on. Then head on out to watch a great free fireworks show.

    Happy 4th to you and yours!
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  7. Beth

    Oh my gosh, Lindsay is from Minneapolis too – where I am from! Our 4th of july plans, my inlaws are coming to visit!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  8. Kathy @ Olives and Garlic

    Thanks for a great link up. We are going to a 4th of July BBQ and then firework show of course. 🙂

  9. Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

    Ok…. so excited about your giveaway. Crossing my fingers and toes that I win. 🙂 Can’t believe tomorrow is the 4th of July, although mine will be a little different this year. I will be at a rehearsal and then a rehearsal dinner because my brother gets married the following day! 🙂 What are your plans?
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  10. Nessa

    Having a dessert buffet 🙂



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