Freedom is ringing, people. Can you hear it? It’s July 3rd, which means it’s time to spread some patriotic cheer and be completely obnoxious decked out in your red, white, and blue garb.
My favorite list is short but meaningful today.
First up is these little patriots. Three are feeling good, and one is still upset about the behavior of King George. She’ll get there; she just needs to hear Lee Greenwood a few more times.
My next favorite is this beauty.
It’s not in stock on Amazon until August, but here it is from Bed Bath and Beyond. We just got it a couple of weeks ago, but it’s already won me over. (sung in my best Alanis Morissette voice) Now, it only is able to make 1 1/2 quarts at a time, but I’m ok with that. This week we made Trisha’s strawberry buttermilk ice cream. It was delicious.
If I’m going to be eating ice cream, strawberry will never be my first choice, but this was g-o-o-d. Trisha can do no wrong. I take that back; I hate when she sings after she’s made a meal on her cooking show. It makes me very uncomfortable, but other than that, she can do no wrong.
We’ve also made the peanut butter coconut milk ice cream from Chocolate Covered Katie. Another winner!
I’ll now pass the baton to Kat.
I should probably be ashamed of this, but I’m not. I am who I am, and I LOVE The Floor is Lava on Netflix. It’s ridiculous how invested you can get plotting out what you would do if you were there and heckling the contestants from your couch. My roommate and I love it so much that last Saturday we turned our apartment into a course and timed each other to see who get through the fastest. I just don’t understand how neither of us is married yet.
I went in Trader Joe’s the other day for the first time since March. Pretty sure Enya started playing when I walked in. It was a bit of a spiritual experience. I’m kidding. Kind of. Anyway, I made my way over to the new product section, and this caught my eye. It’s delightful and fresh and smells like the summers of my youth.
I started the tradition a few years ago of having “Aunt Camp” with my nephews. We eat a lot of junk and do fun activities, and as I’m typing this I feel very strongly like I need to go to bed immediately and drink a kombucha. Oy. I’m not as young as I once was.
My friend, Alyssa’s, family makes a cake like this every July 4th. I took the idea from them. It was a fun, engaging activity, and I got to sneak in a geography lesson about the land that I love. We used a rimmed cookie sheet for the cake batter, so we would have more room to work once I did a rough cut of the shape of the United States. If you need a festive dessert for tomorrow, need I say more.
Cake? Check. Ice cream? Check. Let’s celebrate America’s birthday, shall we?