Delicious Poolside Snacks for Kids’ Birthday Parties

 
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    Kids with summer birthdays always throw the best parties, and there’s nothing like a pool party to have some great fun in the sun. Hickory Farms has compiled some suggestions for delicious poolside snack recipes your young ones will love. Party food doesn’t have to be full of sugar. Give your kids a boost of the natural energy they need with Quick Kebabs. Alternate pieces of fruit, cheese and sausage on wooden skewers and serve on a platter. Our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket has plenty of fresh fruit, cheddar cheese and summer sausages to make this a hearty snack. You can also include some sweet treats from our Dried Fruit Collection to add some interesting textures. Easy-to-make Frogs on a Log is a delicious treat that balances healthfulness with savory flavors. All you have to do is split celery stalks and spread the center with Hickory Farms Garlic Mozzarella or Garden Vegetable Cheese Spreads. You can also place some sliced green olives with pimento on top of the spread for a nice contrast in flavor. Mini Rice-Cake Stacks are a yummy, crunchy creation that keeps kids’ energy levels high without a lot of empty calories. Simply spread apple cinnamon rice cakes with peanut butter or Nutella and add some banana …
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Delectable Turkey Sausage Appetizers for Turkey Lovers Month

 
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      Whether you prefer it smoked, baked or fried, turkey makes for a delicious component of any meal. With Turkey Lovers Month upon us this June, it’s time to celebrate this yummy poultry with some new turkey sausage recipes. You can add some new dishes to your repertoire with these bold and flavorful ideas. Apple Butter and Turkey Sausage Rolls If you’re looking for a burst of flavor, these elegant and portable hors d’oeuvres fit the ticket. Start by thawing out a puff pastry, dusting it with flour and then cutting the roll into pieces. Afterwards, brush some apple butter over each piece before adding slices of our Turkey Summer Sausage and a sprinkle of our Farmhouse Cheddar. Finish everything off by rolling the pastry and baking until golden brown. Turkey Crescent This fun version of a turkey wrap is sure to be a family hit. Start by sauteeing onion, celery and turkey sausage in a pan before adding a can of cream of mushroom soup. Simply spoon the mixture onto croissant dough, roll it up and bake for 8 to 9 minutes.  Turkey Cigars These cigars make for a fun twist on a classic combination — turkey …
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5 Ultra-Light Backpacking Foods for Long Day Hikes

 
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        The summer months are great for taking long hikes, either solo or with the family. Wherever your wanderlust takes you, your appetite will surely follow. According to OutdoorsNW, adults need between a half and a pound of food per day while hiking. Luckily, Hickory Farms has come up with five foods that are easy to bring along on hikes, so you can reach each peak and summit with energy to spare. Below are some of our favorites. The sweet yet salty taste of homemade Thai Beef Jerky is a compact snack that will last a month if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated until the day of your hike. Three pounds of sirloin tip makes a pound and a half of jerky. Just add honey, soy and fish sauce and some ground coriander. It’s simple and delicious! Nuts can be a healthy component of most diets, containing both carbs and protein. Our Mixed Nuts Gift Tin features a trio of pecans, cashews and almonds you can portion into baggies for a quick on-the-go snack as you’re hiking along and checking out the surrounding flora and fauna. When you’re ready to sit down and catch your breath, break out the cheddar and crackers, using your trusty …
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