This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ColorYourSummer #CollectiveBiasMy kids are out of school so summer has officially begun for our family. Which means that we have lots of time to explore, hangout and stay up late. The kids are loving it. We also love to host backyard parties for lots of friends. Every year we hold an annual homework burning party. All of the kids friends come over with their piles of homework from the year and we burn it! It has become a favorite tradition. We usually roast hotdogs and marshmallows, but I always like to offer something on the side. This year I decided I would do a fruit platter with my easy cream cheese fruit dip.
Last week while grocery shopping at Kroger I noticed these great food storage products from Rubbermaid. I thought the Rubbermaid Refill Reuse™ 20oz bottles would be very handy to help stay hydrated this summer and the Rubbermaid party platter would also be super helpful in taking healthy snacks along with us. Plus I love the limited edition summer colors of calypso coral and lagoon blue. (These great Rubbermaid products are also available at any Kroger banner store location).
These Rubbermaid products have really made picnics, parties and traveling with food easy. The party platter has a divided base to keep the food separated, plus a really cool and removable Twist & Seal™ dip container that nestles into the middle. This is perfect for serving and storing my amazingly easy cream cheese fruit dip. (I am sharing the recipe below).
In the summer it is so easy for my kids to eat junk food all the time, so I try and find ways to offer healthy options that my kids will enjoy. This fruit tray with the easy cream cheese fruit dip was a hit at our homework burning party. The kids kept gravitating to it. It looks so pretty too.
The Rubbermaid Refill Reuse™ 20oz bottles are easy to use and really convenient with a finger loop for carrying and a leak proof lid. They also fit in standard cup holders which is a huge plus! I decided to try my easy summer lemonade in them to enjoy. I simply mix up my favorite 2 quarts of powdered lemonade mix leaving out 1 cup of water. Then I add 1/4 cup lemon juice and a cup ice to cool it down. Plus each bottle gets two lemon slices. A wonderful cool drink to enjoy in the hot weather.
We love the fruit tray and lemonade so much we took it to the mountains with us today as our snack. I had everything prepped and in the food storage containers waiting to go in the fridge. That way I could grab and go whenever we leave.
We stopped by the Little River in Townsend to cool off and enjoy a treat. I was amazed and pleased to see the kids snacking on the fruit. I have tried different ways to get them to eat more fruit on the go, but sometimes it is just so hard to pack. The Rubbermaid party tray really has made a difference and is so easy to use. This will be a staple in our summer travels.
1 8oz block cream cheese (softened)
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
With an electric mixer mix all ingredients until well blended. Serve with your favorite fruit (we like strawberries, pineapple, grapes and blueberries). Store in the refrigerator.
What are your favorite summer snacks?
Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
- 1 8 oz block cream cheese softened
- 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
With an electric mixer, mix ingredients until well blended
Serve with your favorite fruit
Store in the refrigerator