Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Fourth of July Weekend approaches……

When was the Fourth of July first Celebrated? Read about it right here:

TF and I will be traveling to the Woodlands on the 3rd for the yearly Houston Symphony music celebration of the Fourth of July. Then on the fourth, early morning, we will go to our annual church “pancake breakfast and flag raising ceremony.” I will be taking a breakfast casserole and TF and I will join in the fun before going home to crash….lol This year we will “take it easy” by staying home and relaxing. We will probably watch the fireworks on TV and just chill out. Maybe I’ll cook some ribs, potato salad, cold slaw and fix a nice dinner, then again maybe not. Who knows, I’m playing it by ear this year. I’ll be missing my blog buddies who are up at Cliff’s enjoying blogstock and hoping they bring home lots of pictures. I know for sure that I will be making this refreshing “Watermelon Cooler” recipe by Paula Dean….yummmmmm!

Watermelon Cooler (by Paula Dean)

1 1/2 pounds (4 cups) sliced seedless watermelon, rind removed
1 cup lemon sorbet
1 lemon, zested
1 1/2 cups cold water
Watermelon wedges and mint, for garnish
In a food processor, blend watermelon, sorbet, and lemon zest until very smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cold water; cover and refrigerate until very cold. Serve over ice and garnish with watermelon wedges and mint.

A Few Frugal finds:
This one had to be invented by a child with a cast experience, or a parent tired of saying “no” to a child with a cast. Either way, if you have someone with a cast, you can benefit from this invention. At… You can find a way to waterproof casts, bandages, or even prosthetic limbs. You can order it yourself, but should also check with your doctor. POST IT…on the inside of your medicine cabinet. From Make a note.


Create a free Smilebox scrapbook in 5 minutes. Just drag photos into amazing e-designs. Email them free. Also create greetings, slideshows, photo books and postcards. Found on the make a note webpage.

Spare Table

We love to entertain, but in our small home, dining room seating for guests can be quite a problem. Our solution was to purchase a five-foot long (rectangular) folding table and
store it in the kitchen space between the wall and the refrigerator. We can move it easily to the dining room or even bring it out to the backyard without a problem. It gives us
seating for six, looks nice with a tablecloth, and is stored out of the way. It was also inexpensive to purchase. Another bonus is when I am working in the kitchen, I can pull it out, unfold and use as an extra counter top! Kayla B. in Milwaukee, WI

Did you know that Family Circle magazine’s Presidential Candidate Cookie Contest has predicted the outcome of the last 4 elections? Each of the final candidates’ spouses are asked to submit a cookie recipe, the magazine publishes them online and in print (look for the July issue), and readers vote for their favorite. They’ve done this for the last 4
elections and the husband of the each winner was elected President (see our recipe section below for how you can see this year’s recipes and vote). So you can see that Presidential Cookie recipes are a serious matter. Here’s a great cookbook for any cookie and/or history lover out there. Presidential Cookies by Bev Young is a collection of the favorite cookie recipes from George Washington to George W. Bush, with some historical commentary thrown in. The older recipes are adapted for current appliances. You can find out why the Kennedys’ gingerbread cookies were re-named Tuiles. You can read about how Teresa Heinz Kerry’s initial submission was rejected, and she had to send in another one. This would also be a great idea for history teachers, or a yummy history lesson for the whole family. So check it out or place an order at… Found on the make a note webpage.

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When I first found this website, Cindy McCain was in the lead, so we are reprinting her recipe (apparently some people were unhappy with an uncommon ingredient in Michelle Obama’s recipe). Who knows who will be leading when this issue goes to press. In past contests, it seems that the more classic recipes tend to be more popular.

Makes 5-1/2 dozen cookies
• 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 cups rolled oats
• 1-2/3 cups butterscotch chips
1. Heat oven to 375F.
2. In a large bowl beat the butter or margarine, granulated sugar and brown sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating well.
3. In a medium-size bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; stir until blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
4. Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Transfer
to a wire rack to cool.
POST IT…on your shopping list, in your recipe box, and on your computer.

Have a great safe weekend everyone!


At 9:49 AM, Blogger Fred said...

What a great link. I've never read that story.

We pretty much have the same schedule on the 4th. I usually barbecue for everybody at about 3:00 so the kids can then go to their separate ways. The Missus and I then get together with neighbors and have some minor fireworks and can see some other celebrations in the distance.

I used to work in The Woodlands. Burger King had a distribution center there and I used to visit about four times a year. Then we'd golf.

Anything with watermelon in it is a winner to me. We just may give that recipe a try.

Have a great holiday, Lucy.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Have fun enjoying your holiday activities and relaxation. You will be sorely missed at Blogstock.
It would have been such a pleasure to meet you face to face.
Thanks for the interesting mix of tips and information in this post.
God bless America!!!
Happy Independence Day Weekend!!!!!

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Putz said...

for the fourth i intend to put my head under a pillow and hide, hide, hide, instead of drive drive drive

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Hi Lucy,
Thanks for all the great tips and links. How interesting about the cookie recipe winners predicting the winner of the pres. election..
Happy 4th.

At 7:27 PM, Blogger Doug Bagley said...

I wanna come to your house for the 4th and eat, LOL! All sounds good

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

I just bought my first watermelon of the season and I'm anxious to see if I chose well.

Jessica has to work so I'll have Emmy on the 4th. I know my sister Cecil will probably be here but I'm not sure what we'll do. Probably grill something, maybe eat some of that watermelon I mentioned.

Y'all have a good time at the symphony and enjoy your 4th.

Love and hugs,


At 10:09 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

A little bummed here. I was SO hoping that you'd give the recipe for your breakfast casserole as I'm all about breakfast.

Then I went to that presidential cookie site hoping to see what the "uncommon" ingredient was in Michelle Obama's cookies and it was just a pitch for their book.


Happy Fourth! Not sure what we're doing yet. Probably a picnic with KFC.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger jel said...

thanks for the stopby, and comment

have a great 4th,and a safe one! :)

At 6:26 PM, Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Lucy ~ If it says "PAULA DEAN" I'm IN!" ~ jb///

At 8:11 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

WOW! Lots of good tips and some fun recipes, too!

Hope your Fourth is a really nice one will be quiet here, and that is just fine with me. I need the rest!
And BTW: The Part 1 of my Birthday Post has been up since Tuesday Morning...Enjoy, and Hopefully Part 2 will be up on the 5th...if I can finish it..(lol)!

At 10:00 PM, Blogger Eve said...

I am so getting this recipe and making it tomorrow. These cookies sound wonderful and with relatives from out of town,,,, still dropping in and out all weekend, still here for the Fourth,,,,it will be something I can make to make them think I am a good cook. LOL


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