July is a month full of festivities in our house. School is finished for the summer, we are celebrating my birthday and of course Canada Day is always pretty big around here every year. Early in the day we take the kids to our local swimming pool, they enjoy some fun. Later on we usually gather at our place, the back patio to be specific, with family and friends to celebrate our countries birthday. In the afternoon we sit on the patio and relax, munching on appetizers and sipping drinks while the kids play games on the lawn. We end the evening watching local fireworks.

This year I am just full of ideas on what to serve my family and guests to make this Canada Day more special thanks to Kraft Canada. They were kind enough to send me and my family a generous basket filled with goodies to celebrate July. Canada Day is on Friday so I am preparing some ideas of what I might just make.

Have you seen the Kraft Foods "What's Cooking" Summer '11 edition? It's packed full of yummy summer recipes you'll want to try at your own July celebrations. We received a copy in our basket along with some ingredients to maybe put together a recipe or two out of the magazine. You can see the digital version here.

Since there will be children at our party this year I think it would be wise to serve a non-alcoholic drink like the Sangria Punch made with Crystal Lite, it looks really easy to make and really yummy too. Maybe for the evening round we can add a little something once the kids are in bed ;-)

While the adults are busy cooking up the meal food for everyone the kids might enjoy Easy No-Drip Pops, those look simple enough and the right colour for the occasion or Watermelon Pops. Those take a little longer and I'm kind of crunching time on preparing for Canada Day but they do look like something we could serve as a treat for our daughter's 7th birthday in August or just whip up for fun along the summer.

Appetizers are made easy with Creamy Layered BLT Dip or how about serving up some tasty Warm Philly Mexican Spread sided with Triscuit original crackers and you have a simple satisfier.

For dinner food I was thinking about serving up some Tomato Grilled Cheese or Canadian Cheeseburgers for a main dish, sided with either a house salad featuring one of Kraft's flavourful vinaigrette dressings or maybe I might dare try a Veggie-Salad Pasta Toss to add a little something new to our taste buds.

For desert The Chocolate-Banana Split desert or Baker's Best Chocolate crackle Sundae Sauce over yummy ice cream. Kraft Canada's "What's Cooking" magazine sure has a lot of other great ideas on their Canada Day Menu like the yummy Canadian Flag Cake, I know I always love fresh strawberries!

You can find these and many other yummy summer food ideas at www.kraftcanada.com!

It's hard to decide on just what I'm going to be making but then again, we have more than one celebration this summer, I can't wait to share some of our celebration creations with you, Thank you to Kraft Canada for sending the basket full of goodies and ideas our way. What will you be cooking up for Canada Day?

We hope everybody has a fantastic Canada Day, remember to eat well, drink responsibly and above all, have fun!

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