This past week, as you all know, was the Fourth of July. It is a time to celebrate America’s freedom from colonial rule, bust out your most patriotic gear, and light off decorative bombs also known as fireworks. I personally am not big fireworks fan. At the end of my senior year of high school, I started working for my mom selling wholesale fireworks. I worked there every summer/on-and-off throughout the year from 2009 to 2013. I will admit that telling people you use to sell fireworks provides for an interesting story and how fireworks are made is really cool but soon the idea of lighting off fireworks just isn’t as fun. You talk about fireworks all day, you see videos of fireworks all day, you hear them going off all day, etc. It just isn’t as exciting or fun anymore. Well, now that it has been a couple of years I don’t despise them as much. I could probably, maybe, be persuaded to go to a fancy firework show.
Now the only thing I still don’t like about fireworks is how much they scare Opie and Percy. Opie has always been afraid of thunder and fireworks are continuous thunder. He paces, he cries, and he tries to be as close to us as possible. Percy gets nervous but he just goes to his spot in the closet and chills out until the noise stops. This year I happened to get in the shower at the same time as the bulk of the fireworks were going off and both of them camped out in the bathroom since the shower helped cover up the noise.
That being said, I still like to celebrate the history of this country. I will be the first to admit that lately I am not all that proud to be an American. Our current administration is full of terrible, disgusting human beings and they are making America into one of the most deplorable countries in the world. So this year, I celebrated the history of Revolutionary War and how great this country could be again in the future.
The best way to celebrate any type of holiday is through food and drink. This 4th ,Tyler and I decided to keep things simple when it came to food. We made Oven Roasted Barbecue Ribs, Corn on the Cob, and Potato Salad. The ribs started with a dry-rub with liquid smoke, marinated, and were slow-cooked in the oven. When they were done, they looked amazing and were so juicy! The taste however was a little strange. We hadn’t ever used liquid smoke before so we think that’s what did it. I don’t think we over did it with the liquid smoke but maybe under did it. The corn was roasted, husks on, in the oven. Then I peeled them and placed them under the broiler for a few minutes. We simply buttered them and did a little salt and pepper. They were the best part of the whole meal. Finally the potato salad. We used Ina Garten’s recipe and subbed pickle juice for fresh dill since the store was out. The potato salad tasted amazing but I messed up cooking the potatoes. They probably needed five more minutes to cook so they had a little bite but nothing unmanageable.
I decided at the last minute we should also make some summer cocktails. This involved going to the grocery store the day before a major holiday and it was crazy in there. I rushed through as quickly as I could, said excuse me or the good ole-midwestern “ope” so many times, and was lucky to get every ingredient I needed. The drinks I decided on were a Hurricane and a Strawberry Daquiri. I chose them because they both used rum so it was less alcohol I needed to buy. I worked a half-day on the 4th and after I got home and did yoga, I set to making the drinks. The first was the Hurricane. The recipe called for dark rum and light rum. I thought we had dark rum but it turns out it was spiced dark rum. I decided to use it anyway and while the drink wasn’t bad, it could have been fruiter. When I made them the next day, I just used light rum and they were dangerously good. The Daiquiris were good from the get go and were really refreshing, definitely my favorite.
I hope everyone who celebrated the 4th had a great, and safe, time! And if you don’t celebrate the 4th I still hope you had a great time doing whatever cool stuff you were doing too!