Happy 7/11! 5 fun ways to celebrate with your family
By Aimee Heckel
Last year we celebrated 12/12/12, and before that 11/11/11, but there’s another number combo this year that is much more tasty: 7/11.
Here are some little ways to celebrate this mini unofficial holiday with your family:
1. Free slurpees, of course. Get a free Slurpee at any 7-Eleven from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Beyond 7/11, did you know you can buy a large Slurpee and add another for just $1 on Saturdays and Sundays? Now you know.
On a low-cal diet? Try the mango lemonade Slurpee Lite, with half the calories.
2. Fly your flag. Pick up a 7-Eleven flag online here and make it a tradition to fly it every year on this date.
3. Sell your own Slurpee-equivalents in lieu of a lemonade stand.
Make a Coca-Cola Slurpee by combining four cups ice, two cups water, 1/4 cup sugar and a can of Coke in a blender.
Want a different flavor? Make any flavor of Kool-Aid and combine it with club soda and ice. Blend well until it’s the right consistency. Taste and Tell blog offers more information on making your own Slurpees.
Obviously, you must drink a Slurpee with a straw. Wasserstrom sells fun bendy straws in bright colors.
4. Make a healthier version. Instead of sugaring up your kids today, celebrate with slushies made from natural ingredients.
The blackberry granita at Babble.com looks delicious. Make a fruit puree of the fruits of your kids choosing. Pour it into a glass dish, put in the freezer and every hour, fluff it up with a fork. Sweeten with juice concentrate instead of sugar and add lemon juice to kick up the flavor.
This is an easy recipe that kids can help make throughout the day, and it’s a sweet treat to enjoy after lunch or dinner.
Another healthy slushy idea is the frosted strawberry lemonade. It’s simple: Combine lemonade, strawberries and ice. Blend and enjoy.
5. Have 7-Eleven-inspired food for dinner — but with a healthier spin (unless you feel like splurging). Grill chicken, tofu or turkey dogs and serve bun-less, with a dash of spicy mustard, natural (no high-fructose junk) ketchup and German-style sauerkraut.
Instead of greasy potato chips, make baked kale chips. You will be astounded by how delicious they are — and tell your kids they’re chips; maybe they’ll give them a try. Order kale from Walmart, have it delivered to the store nearest you for free and use a coupon code, plus 1.5 percent Cash Back, to save even more money. Walmart says it doesn’t use coupons, but here’s a great way around the system to save even more money.
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