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DIY This Super-Easy (and Festive) Wreath for the 4th of July — America’s Birthday

Your neighbors are all probably putting out American flags in anticipation of America's birthday. And you could too, or you could do something that the Joneses and Smiths haven't thought of and make this cute (and easy!) DIY wreath using cupcake liners in patriotic colors. You can hang it on your front door, from a tree, or anywhere else around your cookout.

Your 4th of July party won't be complete without one. Here's a quick video that'll show you how to put it together.

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Recipe: Pepperoni Chips — Easy Snack Recipes

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The first time I made these pepperoni chips for a dinner party with friends, I put them down alongside the cheese and olives, turned back into the kitchen to get my wine glass, and by the time I returned, the chips were gone. I really am not kidding. These crispy, crunchy, salty, spicy little guys are sure to be a hit among anyone you serve them to. Not only do they require just one ingredient, but they also happen to be gluten-free. Make a big batch to enjoy over happy hour, to pack up for a snack for the kids, or to munch on during the afternoon slump — they work no matter the occasion.

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Recipe: Flag Cake — Easy Dessert Recipes

One of my favorite annual traditions is making this super-simple flag cake with my daughter. Yes, turning a cake into an American flag is somewhat cliché, but if you consider this the best way to dress up berry shortcake then it's as fun to make as it is to share.

This charming, whipped cream-frosted cake has a colorful surprise inside. It's what makes this vanilla-cake-meets-berry-shortcake recipe stand out from the rest.

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Recipe: One-Skillet Salsa Pork Chops — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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The only thing better than having fast-cooking pork chops in my midweek meal plan is when they're extra juicy from simmering in salsa, and the whole dinner hits the table in a single skillet. If you are a fan of saucy foods, be prepared to swoon over these pork chops. They're cooked on the stovetop in a chunky salsa that's punched up with a splash of balsamic, so each bite has just the right balance of sweet, spicy, and tangy.

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Recipe: Lemon Meringue Layer Cake — Video from Kitchn

Sometimes you need someone else to come up with a bright idea — especially the ones that are so obvious in hindsight — so you can simply partake in its glory. That's how we feel about this confection that brings the flavors and gooey textures of lemon meringue pie to a towering layer cake. We're just happy someone dreamt it up so we can make it at home! To demystify some of the magic, start by watching this video. It will show you how to turn three glorious layers of buttery lemon cake, homemade lemon curd, and meringue frosting into this citrus-lover's dream cake.

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Bowl — The 6-Minute Lunch

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This three-ingredient lunch is so quick and satisfying that you just might find yourself making it again for dinner. Give a few big handfuls of zucchini noodles a quick sauté, dress them with a purchased garlicky basil pesto, top the whole mess with a crispy on the outside, runny on the inside fried egg, and dig in. It's a wholesome, veggie-packed meal that's got enough protein from the egg to keep you going until your next meal. Oh, and it takes no more than six minutes to make.

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