Hmmm... maybe the reason I like 4th of July so much is because it's never 'my thing.' Marie & Chris always do 4th of July so I just get to show up with whatever I feel like making, drink & eat grilled food all day. No work for me--WIN! ;)
I've just always loved the 4th of July, though-- even if I DID have to host. I think mostly because it's about community. Whether it's your community of friends or your neighborhood, everybody's eating watermelon and pasta salads, drinking beer and lemonade. There's no pressure, there are no gifts... It's just a celebration of thankfulness for getting to live in this country.
And for me, I always like to give thanks in baked goods. :)
So here are a few things I made this year...
'Team USA' Red Velvet Cake Pops
(Oooh! I'm going to give everything goofy 4th of July names!).
They don't kid around with the humidity here. It is HOT.
These babies didn't even begin to solidify until I put them in the fridge!
Oh, how I miss you central air...
But hey! How about all of this LIGHT!? :)
In some Southern states, we call these 'Freedom Brownies.'
They're actually my 'Grasshoppah Mint' Brownies but I used some Wilton melting chocolates instead of my Guittard green chunks of awesomeness. And of COURSE, oreos. :)
Then I made some mini mixed berry tarts.
I call them... umm... "THE ARMY OF TARTNESS."
(Bruce Campbell would be so proud).
Fresh blueberries, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and a little bit of apple. All the fruit was SO ripe & fresh. Mmmm! Loved it!
And then I made cupcake-size mini pies.
Very time consuming these here pies.
I really love my pie crust because it almost tastes like sugar cookies. But at the same time, it's always difficult to get it that crispy beautiful brown color- even using egg wash. Suggestions?
And finally, this one was my favorite. Because it doesn't look so much like a lattice pie crust as it does the emblem to the book from 'The Never Ending Story.' HA!
'Say my name, Sebastian!!!'
'Moonchild Mini Pieeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!'
Happy 4th of July, everybody!!!
(Apparently it's still the 4th here because some dude is lighting fireworks outside in LINCOLN PARK? If you don't here from me it's probably because a firecracker went through my window & into my cranium!)
Sunshine and summertime,