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Friday, July 2, 2010

.:Feature Friday - Mint & Clandy Create:.

Hey everyone! I am so excited that Summer invited me to blog swap with her this week on Sumo’s Sweet Stuff! This is one of my favorite blogs to visit for ideas and inspiration, and I am thrilled to share one of my ideas with you today. My name is Mandy, and you can regularly find me over at Mint & Clandy Create.

A little about me: I am a Student and Mom of two. I’m currently working on my Master’s in Speech Language Pathology, but have taken a hiatus for the summer (Thank you littlest one!). Thankfully, this has given me a lot of time to spend with my family, and also to create some fun and interesting things to share with you. On Mint & Clandy Create you can expect to find many kid-centric activities and crafts, as well as simple activities for Moms & non-Mom's alike. Crafts in my house have to be completed quickly, usually during nap time. The only other option is to include the kiddos, which I try to do as often as possible.

This week I’m hosting my very first give-away! Stop by for a chance to win a gorgeous J.Crew-inspired Knot & Pearl necklace – made by me!

On to the good stuff! I’ve cooked up something really great for you today in honor of Independence Day! Many people will be warming up their grills in anticipation of the fireworks and festivities, so I focused on bringing a little bit of the celebration to your table, with the help of my handsome and super-talented husband. Let’s get started, shall we?

It’s a simple meal – inspired by the American Flag. I used red hot dogs and white buns for the stripes (obviously), and a small blue plate filled with star-shaped Microwave-potato-chips.

These potato chips are the real star of the show. They are not only tasty; they are also quick (Ready in 5 minutes), easy and not fried! ;)

I used this recipe for Uncle Bill’s Microwave Potato chips on Recipe Zaar. Recipe Zaar has millions of recipes, and is easy to sift by ingredient. I’ve used it over and over again with great results every time (so far!).

The low-down for my Star-Spangled Hot Dog Platter follows:

Gather the following:

For Star Potato Chips:

- 4 large potatoes (russet, yellow gold, white or red potatoes)

- Seasoning for your chips: Feel free to be creative with your spices (sea salt, granulated garlic powder, seasoning salt, cayenne pepper, dill weed, etc.)

- Vegetable oil

- Food Processor

- Good knife

- Microwave bacon tray (or microwavable casserole dish)

- Parchment Paper (can also be done without)

- Blue plate, bowl, napkin or tissue paper


For Stripes:

Hot dogs - (red for extra emphasis)


Square dish


What I Did:

1. Wash and peel potatoes

2. Cut angles into potatoes to form points of star. (My husband is demonstrating!)

3. Pull out your handy-dandy food processor or mandolin slicer and slice thin. (The original recipe recommends 1/16”, slicing across the potato.)

4. Oooh & aah over your cute little star potato slices & get your grill fired up!

6. Remove in batches onto paper towels and pat dry

7. Sprinkle with your choice of herbs or spices. (Mine were very lightly salted).

8. Rub, or mist, your microwave bacon tray, microwavable casserole dish, or Parchment Paper with vegetable oil. (I used parchment paper.)

9.Place a single layer of the towel-dried potato star slices on your choice of the above options, cover with heavy cover or parchment paper and microwave for approximately 5-6 minutes on HIGH until slightly brown & crispy. (No turning required).

10.Plate them on a blue plate, surround with grilled hot dog & bun stripes, and enjoy the star-spangled tasty goodness with your friends and family.

Thanks again to Summer for having me. Please come by & visit me at Mint & Clandy Create when you have a chance!


  1. 知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。.................................................................

  2. Thanks Summer! I had so much fun swapping blogs with you. I love the cute shirt tutorial you shared! Have a Happy 4th of July!!

  3. So cool and Clever ! I love it!
    Thanks !!

  4. well how cute is that!! great idea.

  5. Those look amazing! I'm starving after looking at that meal. Must. Get. Hotdogs.

  6. What a clever way to serve standard hot dogs. Great idea.

  7. What a great idea! Fun and festive, just the way the 4th should be. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  8. That is BEYOND cute! I am going to feature this on my blog tomorrow!

  9. The star chips are so dang cute! Thanks for posting such a great idea just in time ;)

  10. What a clever idea for the chips! Love this!

  11. Wow! So very creative!!

    Visiting from Weekend Wrap Up Party feature!

  12. Sooooo cute n creative! Too bad I just found you after the Fourth... Have bookmarked and will no doubt copy ( & credit you)next year! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your summer!


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