Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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Bank Your Calories

Budget calories the way you do your finances and you'll be able to indulge in a treat now and then.

It's tough not to gain weight. But if you take a closer look at everything you eat, you may find some hidden calories you can painlessly trim from your diet to balance out life's little indulgences.

Think of your normal diet as your daily calorie "bank" from which you can borrow a few hundred calories. For instance, if you are in the habit of having a couple of cans of soda pop each day, switch to a diet beverage or water. Each 12-ounce can of regular soda pop contains about 150 calories. Two of those per day add up to 2,100 calories in one week. Some sandwich spreads or salad dressings can tally up hundreds of calories every day.

Dime Here, Nickel There

Other places where calories tend to tally up include condiments, spreads, and snack foods. Trimming even a few calories here and there ultimately leads to big savings. For example, using one spoon of sugar in your coffee instead of two eventually adds up.

Fruits are often recommended as substitutes for candy to fill cravings for sweets, and for a good reason: they're mostly water. But watch out for dried fruits -- although virtually fat-free, they are concentrated and can be rich in calories.

Here are a few suggestions for simple changes you can make in your daily diet that can add up to big savings around your waistline. Take little steps. If you can't imagine coffee without cream; try it with less, or use half cream and half milk. Every little bit helps.

In your coffee: Instead of: 2 tsp. sugar (30 calories) Try: 2 tsp. sugar-free sweetener (0 calories)

Instead of: 2 Tbsp. half-and-half (40 calories) Try: 2 Tbsp. reduced-fat milk (15 calories)

On a sandwich: Instead of: 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise (100 calories) Try: 1 Tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise (50 calories) or 1 Tbsp. mustard (15 calories)

On a bagel: Instead of: 2 tsp. butter (72 calories) or 2 tsp. stick margarine (66 calories) Try: 2 tsp. cream cheese (33 calories) or 2 tsp. nonfat cream cheese (25 calories) or 2 tsp. all-fruit jam (35 calories)

On a salad: Instead of: 1 Tbsp. creamy dressing (80 calories) Try: 1 Tbsp. vinaigrette dressing (40 calories) or 1 Tbsp. fat-free dressing (10 calories)

Sweet snacks: Instead of: 1 candy bar (150 calories/oz.) Try: 1 granola bar (110 calories/oz.) or 1 banana (26 calories/oz.)

Salty snacks: Instead of: potato chips (140 calories/oz.) Try: baked chips or pretzels (110 calories/oz.) or unbuttered popcorn (80 calories/oz.)

Note: Calorie amounts of items are based on averages and not meant to apply to or indicate any specific brands.

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