Please tell how you spent your Independence Day either this year or in the past. Do you have a July 4th funny story you would like to share? Do you have a family tradition for this day? For those who are not US residents, please tell us when your country’s Independence day is and share with us how you celebrate/spend it. We would love some pictures too, you can share your stories in pictures too.
Our July 4th can be summed up with this picture.
Or maybe this one.It rained. And rained. And rained. It always rains here on Independence Day, no matter how hot or sunny it's been in the days prior to the holiday, we can always count on a good shower, and this year was no different.
Every year we do the same thing. We grill steaks with Mama J. and Papa T., stuff ourselves silly, make homemade ice cream and try to blow off a finger lighting some fireworks. This year, the downpour started just as I was putting the food on the grill. It rained and blew so hard I was sop and wet by the time I got the stuff on the grill, pulled the ice cream freezer out of the rain and ran inside. I literally had to change clothes. I meant to get a picture of the ice cream making but didn't get a chance once the hurricane started. You'll have to settle for a picture of the recipe.It's the recipe that Hubby's grandma used for years. Making ice cream was a big deal at her house, and it took me about three years to patch together the recipe because when I asked her for it, she said, "Oh, a pinch of this. A little of that." I had to watch and learn. Make and tweak. One thing's for sure, she was adamant that you use Watkins vanilla, and I almost screwed up this year and used all of my Watkins in a cake before I put together the ice cream mix.It's the Pioneer Woman's strawberry shortcake cake. Hubby and Mama J. really liked it. I thought it was just a so-so recipe.
We feasted indoors on steaks, baked potatoes, pickled cucumbers (from the garden-yippee skippee), sliced tomatoes, cake and homemade ice cream. And then two of us rollie pollies rolled into the car and downtown where we met Special Delivery, SuperCop, Mrs. Scrubs and Mrs. Scrubs' family for some fireworks.
But mostly some of this.
We opted for the public fireworks this year instead of setting off our own, and I'm glad we did 'cause I can't thing of a better way to end the day than with a little sizzle with our little sparkler.