Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 4th


It is absolutely no secret that the 4th of July is my all time favorite holiday of the year.  So much so in fact that it is still a little under 24 hours away and I am awake at 4:00 in the morning excitedly thinking about what to cook and all the fun festivities that lie in my future.  

It isn't just the backyard grilling, the friends and family gathered at the pool or the fireworks that make this my favorite day but more the promise and remembrance of all that is great about this country.  

Call me cheesy, sappy or overly sentimental but throughout the year I am constantly reminded of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of this great nation who protect and serve and it humbles me to remember, especially on our nation's independence day, the generations before us who have laid down their lives so their children, their children's children could enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.  

These are no small rights, in fact when looking back through our histories it was no small miracle which we celebrate each July 4th.  This country was a long shot, our freedom a gamble, but through the convictions of many and the devotion to a ideal that was only dream we gained our independence, so it is not just the fireworks or the red, white and blue plastered all of the country that make this holiday special.  

It is the knowledge that anything can grow to be great and the promise that in this country, where freedom is an inalienable  right not simply a luxury provided to the few, we must remember and celebrate those who came before us and paved the way for our children's children to be great as well.  

It is with utter gratitude and a great sense of humility that I thank all of those who served or are currently serving in the armed forced to protect these freedoms we hold so dear.  May we never take them for granted!

I wish you all a very happy and safe July 4th!

If you are looking for something to cook this July 4th, then look no farther...here are some of my favorite dishes to make in celebration of our nation's birthday!

Appetizers:
















Entrees:









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Desserts:







Happy 4th of July Y'all!!
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