Fourth of July–Caffeinated Ginger-Style


Independence Day is my favorite holiday, hands-down.

I love it because:

1.  I don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time fighting crowds and traffic to buy anyone the perfect gift.

2.  I don’t have to cook a five-course meal.  Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers plus chips and dip are considered the perfect meal.

3.  I don’t have to get up at zero dark-thirty to put a big bird in the oven to roast.

4.  It takes place during the summer which happens to be my favorite season.  No coat or gloves required–just t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops.


This Fourth of July was a little different from most as we had extra guests.  Our college-age daughter was home for a visit and brought her beau as well as two guy friends.  I remember as a college student how much I appreciated good home-cooking, so I did spend a little bit more time in the kitchen than usual this Fourth of July.

For breakfast we had homemade cinnamon rolls:

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 I think those cinnamon rolls lasted oh, about 30 seconds.  One of our guests commented that being at our house reminded him of being at his grandma’s house.  I think he was complimenting my cooking and not calling me old, but I’m not quite sure.

For later in the afternoon, I made some Texas Caviar.  I’m not a fan of black eyed peas, but this combination is delicious with Fritos.

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While I was working in the kitchen, I was entertained by a The Walking Dead marathon on AMC.

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Bruno was looking very patriotic on this Independence Day.

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These Firecracker cookies were a big hit.

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During the afternoon while the kids went to the swimming pool, I relaxed in the backyard.

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Mr. Caffeinated Ginger and I enjoyed a little baseball on the big-screen TV outside on the back deck.

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I’m pretty sure we disobeyed every “do not” and “never” listed on the box of firecrackers.

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Bruno wore a glow necklace around his neck so we could see him in the dark.  Can’t see Bruno?  My point exactly.

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The kids set off lots of fireworks.  I was just praying that no one would lose an eye or a finger as they had firecracker battles and Roman candle wars. Luckily there were no casualties, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

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Only the cool kids wear glow bracelets while playing with sparklers.

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Another successful Fourth of July for the record books.

God bless America!


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  2. Looks like you had a fabulous holiday! I smiled at the mention that your house reminds your daughter’s friend of his grandma’s house, haha — I take that as a supreme compliment! Welcoming, warm, and a place where one is well-fed. 🙂


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