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    I've been looking to Pinterest for ideas for another great Fourth of July dessert to bring to this year's potluck.

    My red, white, and blue trifle was a hit last year and I want to bring something just as fun this time around! Luckily, there is no shortage of dessert ideas on Pinterest, and I was able to find a couple of really great recipes making American flags out of plain, old graham crackers.

    More From The Stir: 11 Red, White & Blue Desserts for a Very Patriotic July 4

    Since I couldn't narrow it down between two possible recipes, I decided to try them both and share which I thought was the winner of the two. See for yourself!

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    I do this all the time because I don't have much choice: Make dinner in 15 minutes or less. You too? Gone are the days when I used to lovingly labor for 2 hours on a Turkish fish stew with pomegranates. Now I need to get something in front of my son pretty much the moment I walk into the door.

    Here are 5 of my favorite go-to dinner recipes, things I can whip up in a jiffy but that are still definitely homemade.

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    Here's the thing about publishing heavenly Mother's Day brunch ideas on a blog read by moms: Someone else should be reading those posts so they can make you breakfast. What are you supposed to do -- email a link to the post to your husband and kids? Well, yeah, probably, but that's kind of a bummer. And anyway, maybe your people aren't so adept at cooking and barely know how to boil an egg, let along whip up eggs Benedict.

    So let's reel back the day's ambitions ... way, way back. Here are some breakfast ideas for people who barely have a grasp on how the toaster works. People who maybe know where you keep the milk. People who are capable of opening a package. Let's start there, with 8 realistic Mother's Day breakfast ideas your kids can actually serve you in bed.

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    Say "hot dogs for dinner tonight" and most of us think of the kind of last-minute kid-friendly meal we whip up on autopilot without having to think much about it. But I've been investigating all the possibilities of this overlooked dish, and I've realized I've overlooked some pretty dang creative options. Whether you're cooking for children or for yourself, there are so many fun things you can do with the humble frankfurter -- and they're all delicious, too. Here are just 12 of our favorite crazy riffs on the hot dog.

    By the way, there is a recall of Oscar Mayer hot dogs because the packages may contain Classic Cheese Dogs -- a problem for those of you avoiding dairy. So just be careful and get the 411 on the recall before buying hot dogs.

    More from The Stir: Mummy Hot Dogs Recipe Is Scary Good

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    Have you been to your local supermarket and had your child stop in her tracks to stare longingly at a box of her favorite cereal? Apparently, it's not a Pavlovian response to what's inside -- it's our kids being mesmerized by the characters on the package looking right into their eyes.

    Conveniently, these tantalizing boxes of breakfast goodness just happen to be at eye level, begging our children to pay attention to them. This, according to a new study, is all on purpose.

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    Easter is just around the corner, and Pinterest is brimming with fun kid-friendly potluck recipes to try. I couldn't resist the colorful spin on the traditional deviled eggs of these Jello flavored deviled eggs, and I quickly got to work!

    This could be a great after-school treat, a fun dessert, or even a great addition to our Easter brunch spread.

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    Easter bunny cupcakes give new meaning to the phrase: you're so cute, I could just gobble you up! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to add cupcake baking to your list of Easter traditions? Get your kids in on the fun by assigning them an easy task (if your tots are anything like mine, they'll forego wanting to hold a mixer and potentially creating an insane amount of mess in favor of decorating their bunnies with cute candy noses and ears). Whip up a big, yummy batch of these darling cupcakes the day before you plan to color your Easter eggs and -- voila -- you'll have an instant and memorable treat loved by every member of your family.

    Did I mention the adorable quotient of these little goodies is off the charts?

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    This recipe is kind of awesome. Completely unhealthy, but kind of awesome. This cheeseburger 'n' fries casserole recipe from Taste of Home only requires four ingredients and takes 10 minutes to put together (though it bakes for 50). Come on, anything titled "cheeseburger 'n' fries" most likely isn't all that good for you, but for a special, easy splurge that everyone will love, this will certainly do the trick.

    Of course, you could use tater tots or perhaps throw in a few vegetables in there to make you feel better about the whole concoction. You could even use some ground turkey to mix things up a little bit. Regardless, it's so versatile and simple, it will quickly become a staple your family will certainly love.

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    Hi, moms! Your Crock-Pot meals have been pretty good, for the most part. But there's a reason why that string bean and beef stew you served the other night made me (and your toddler too, I'm sure) throw everything from the table onto the floor. I didn't deserve a "time-out" for that. It's not my fault those string beans were so ... stringy. That the beef was ... too beefy? Chewy? I don't pretend to know enough about fine cuisine to tell you exactly what was wrong with it -- but I can tell you how to fix your mistake.

    Put away your slow cooker and make things even easier on yourself by serving this genius meal guaranteed to get any child eating: Chocolate Chip Waffle Lasagna With Medley of Cheerios. Doesn't that sound super yummy?! Read on for the easy peezy recipe.

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    You know what's better than pizza? Pizza pockets! You know what the best kind of pizza pocket is? Homemade! Fresh. Delicious. Easy. Yes, I said easy. It can be done. And it will be good. And the kids will love it ... especially if you make them into adorable heart shapes. Or not. Read their moods. It's all going to taste good no matter what.

    Here's the recipe on how to make homemade pizza pockets.

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