I love the 4th of July. As a kid, I would anticipate shooting off fireworks. I loved it!! My family would always cookout, and my brother and I would have friends over.
As years went on, my parents divorced and my brother and I grew up, but one thing remained– the 4th of July. We would always be at my dad’s house, swimming in the pool, cooking out, hanging out with friends, and shooting off fireworks.
After Luvy and I married, it was hard for me not to spend the 4th at home. However, we got the college group together and had our first 4th of July here at home. We had a crowd!!! Fireworks were illegal (until this year!) here in Kentucky, but that didn’t stop us.
This year was a bit different. Both of us were exhausted from the trip home from London. Plus, Luvy had school work to do. His PhD classes are in full swing.
The morning of the 4th, I cleaned the bathrooms, Luvy and I did 6 loads of laundry!!, and I ran to Passifiume’s and Whole Foods. That was all before 1pm!
I just love them! Barbara, you are warned… one of these days you have to let me get a picture of the two of us!
Of course, I ate way too much. I ended up eating 2 plates full! I took a green bean and lentil salad. It was a huge hit! It’s amazing how much people like vegetarian/vegan food if they give it a chance.
It was based on Emily’s Green Bean and Lentil Salad. She has amazing recipes! Plus, she was one of my biggest inspirations to start cooking and blogging! The only thing I changed was that I subbed white wine vinegar (because I didn’t have red), cut the oil in half, and drizzled some sesame oil in at the end.
I came home for less than an hour to pack up Luvy a dinner. Lucky for me, Barbara gave me a ton of leftovers!! I didn’t have to cook one meal yesterday! Luvy had to go to the seminary to meet up with his group to work on a presentation. After packing him up and eating dinner myself, I headed over to the Mann’s house for our annual college group get together!
The Mann’s know how to throw a party!!! I’m going to start hanging out over there more often!
They had a ton of food, plus BEAUTIFUL desserts! I’m so excited to get the cobbler recipe!! If there wasn’t dairy in it, I would have dove into that cobbler!! I can’t wait to make it with Earth Balance!!
At this point in the day, I was doing my all to hold my head up. Plus, I still hadn’t had a shower! Yuck.
I was in bed before the fireworks even began. I did get a shower first though! 🙂
Today, I feel more energized, but not yet 100%. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back to normal!
What are your favorite 4th of July traditions or memories?