I have marked out the last four years of my life by what happened on Independence Day.
Let me preface this: These years were not speckled with fireworks, hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill in friend’s backyards. There were no parades, no red white and blue cupcakes. In all of these years, I have been traveling- except for one. That was the first one. Here we go:
Fourth of July 2010. I was pregnant with Reed and thought that I might transpire of heat exhaustion before I actually gave birth in the hot and humid midst of South Carolina. Jim and I had a baby bar-be-que and then set out to the Big Mo. The Big Mo is a completely renovated Drive in Movie Theatre nestled in a peach orchard about 10 miles from our farm. They have a great concession stand.
We decided to take Scout since they were having a dog costume contest and parade. Bad idea. We dressed Scout in an American Flag and left for the show. Scout wasn’t interested in the movie, the parade, or the concession stand. What she was interested in was going after all of the other dogs in the parade that were at the concession stand. As you can gather, we left early.
July the 4th #2: Reed was born and we were up North- the landscape for the rest of our 4th of July adventures. Jim had to leave for work, of course, a few days before the 4th. We were in New York- which seems to be where we are end up a lot on the fourth- so we stayed at an RV park close to the Rochester Airport.
We always seem to meet one person from SC when we go to a campground- and they are always camping next to us! As we got things set up, we started hearing some very scary music from the center of the campground. Campgrounds love to have theme parties- this one was karaoke. I don’t think I need to say much more- there were men that really needed to wear shirts but weren’t who very likely drinking beer for most of the day, and this was later in the day, so they have their liquid courage up. They were belting out the toons, and the kids were playing in the opposite direction. There were 100 separate little parties going all over the campground- but lights out and no noise after 8:30- campgrounds are very strict on that. We had to go to bed early anyway because, as usual, I had to wake up at the crack of dawn to take Jim to the airport.
The next year, Jim was off somewhere for work and my friend Barb volunteered to drive with me and Reed, who was now 2 from New York to Colorado where I would be teaching that summer. Let’s just say that trip deserves its very own blog, and will get one one day. After literally the craziest road trip ever, we ended up in Pagosa July 3rd. I was too exhausted to even go out the next day!
Last year we spent the Fourth in a scary campground- actually it looked more like a crime scene then a campground. This time in New Hampshire- there is definitely a trend going here with the campgrounds and places starting with an N. I am pretty sure some of the residents had been there for some time. The pool definitely was a bio hazard at this point. I kept Reed on a short leash as well as Scout- well, at least I tried. She escaped the camper several times and went running by the “house” where the “indoor pool” lived. On closer inspection, she was going after the rats that lived near there.
We left shortly after.
This year was different. We were in New Hampshire (theme) but no camper, no rv park. We arrived at Ladd Farm the day before the 4th and got our horses all ready for the parade in town. We then got rained out.
So much for Fourth of July
However, if I were in one place long enough where I could actually cook something, I might do this:
I love Lemon Squares, and even though they aren’t red, white and blue they remind me of the summer and the Fourth of July! Here is a great recipe and simple!!
6 tablespoons of butter- cold
1/4 Cup of powdered sugar
1 cup of flour
In a mixer blend the butter, powdered sugar, and flour. Pat mixture gently into a 9”x9”2” pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 20 minutes or until lightly brown.
1 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of flour
4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
zest of 1/2 lemon
-Mix the eggs lightly with an electric mixer. Add the sugar, flour, lemon juice and zest.
-Pour mix over the hot crust and bake for 20 more minutes or until it appears firm.
-Remove and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Loosen custard from the edge of the pan when it is warm so it does not stick- cut into squares- YUMMMM!!!!
The Hungry Horseman
-who is on a diet but this isn’t on it!