• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Fourth of July Treats!

I have been trying to find fun treats to enjoy on the Fourth of July with my friends and family. Each year, we try to have a grilling get-together where we enjoy food and fun outside and then, afterwards, we go and watch the fireworks shoot over the giant lake in Ely. I wanted some treats that we unique and really patriotic, and I think I came across some of the best….and tastiest!

Firecracker Ice Cream Sandwiches


  • 1 cup chocolate chips (milk or white works well)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 ice cream sandwiches
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles


  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.  In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip ice cream sandwiches partway in melted chocolate; coat chocolate with sprinkles. Place on prepared baking sheet and freeze.

Yogurt and Berry Bowls


  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries, chopped
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • 3/4 cup raspberry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries


  • Brush wonton wrappers with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Press sugar side up into ungreased miniature muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.
  • Place 1/2 cup raspberries in a small bowl; mash slightly. Stir in Cool Whip and yogurt. Spoon into wonton cups. Top with blueberries and remaining raspberries.

Bald Eagles! (Perfect for nieces, nephews, or younger siblings)


  • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 6 large marshmallows
  • Finely shredded coconut
  • Oreos
  • 6 Cashews
  • Black decorators’ gel



  1. Melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips.
  2. For each bird, drop a large marshmallow into the melted chocolate and coat.
  3. Remove the marshmallow from the chocolate and roll it in finely shredded coconut, leaving one end uncovered.
  4. Immediately set the marshmallow, coconut free end down, atop a chocolate sandwich cookie.
  5. Let the chocolate set a bit, then use a toothpick to make a hole in the side of the marshmallow and insert a cashew for a beak.
  6. Finally, add black decorators’ gel eyes.

**From Tasteofhome.com and familyfun.go.com

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