Sunday, March 6, 2011

4th of July --- Yes, from 2010!

 This was in my drafts folder! It is old but I am sending it on!

I am sharing as I find my slips of paper with recipes written, come across notes on what we've been doing and so on. Eventually, no matter how busy things are around here, I hope to be organized and write on a more regular basis.

Until then, here goes my "as goes" sharing:

For the 4th of July, my DIL, Brandy and I made the most delicious strawberries! I saw them on a blog I am subscribed to and they were so pretty in the picture that I immediately planned to make them. White chocolate is used and I don't actaully eat white chocolate but these were so delicious that EVERY ONE of the four packs of strawberries was eaten and not with a great deal of lingering between servings!

I also don't care for the taste of colored sugar but I adore the look of it. In the case of these red, white & blue strawberries though? MADE them. Added just the right little confectionary crunch.

The photo and blog I found these on will be edited into this post as soon as I find them again! I saved the post but somehow misplaced it but I know I have it so look for that soon;)

We just bought Baker's white chocolate squares and melted four squares at a time in the microwave (I know, I don't usually use this appliance but there are times . . . . )  and dipped the washed and patted dry strawberries in little  batches. Immediately, while the half dipped berries were still freshly "dunked" ... we sprinkled light blue sugar on some and a brighter blue on others. We made even rows on disposable (I know, I don't usually buy or use disposables but there are times . . . . ) cookie sheets and put them in the fridge. I had one half tray we didn't have room for so I cut it in half and slid it onto a freezer shelf. They freezer BEAUTIFULLY! We actually put them in a freezer and kept until serving.

My MIL served the most amazing meal outside under some trees in her yard. She has a freezer in the garage so we put the strawberries there while we ate. It is hot here so this ended being a wise decision.

We had blue enameled pots of ribs, big, white porcelain bowls of potato salad, and various containers of corn salad, rolls, and some sort of deviled egg dish. Gallons were at the end of the long tables of sweet and/or unsweetened tea and ice was in buckets for easy cup filling.

Our Pastor blessed us by joining us (his family is in Romania for the summer to visit their homeland and have time with family) and we had a nice group. Everyone missed our boys and it was a little quiet without them there. One was working at the police department 30 minutes or so away, one was at a fire department a few minutes away (we sent them some food:)) and one was four hours away at college.

It was still so nice with Mamaw and her caregiver, Dovey --- my husband's childhood Nanny and our Daughters-in-Love, grandkids and kids still at home.

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