July 2016 archive

link love

Come faster, weekend, come faster!

link love 7.29.2016

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For some reason this week seemed to drag on and on. It wasn’t crazy busy, but we have been getting up really really early for Will’s rotation, which I think has made the whole week seem longer. But, we’re almost to the weekend – I can see it peeking over the other side of this work day!  Here’s some link love to pull us through.

Earlier this week I got the exciting news that my berry granola breakfast popsicles from a few weeks ago were featured on feedfeed.info! If you don’t know about it, feedfeed is a website that sources recipes from home cooks, chefs and bloggers and creates groupings of similar recipes to inspire ans provide recipes for other home cooks.


As I am still trying to organize some of our shelves (and our entire second bedroom), these tips on organization are much needed and inspiring. Everything looks so neat, tidy and clean after it is organized correctly and matches. To do it on my own is a much scarier undertaking than this looks like it was though. http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2016/06/10-organizing-tricks-i-learned-from-the-home-edit.html

Have you been watching the conventions? They’re making history. Michelle Obama will always be one of my favorite first ladies and her speech earlier this week nailed it. “When they go low, we go high,” get it Michelle. And for that matter, get it Hillary! And if you missed it, President Obama nailed it too.

If moving past perfectionism was as easy to do as it is to write about, we would all be wildly successful.  Sometimes I don’t want to post something or take certain photos because I don’t think it is perfect, but “done is better than perfect,” in some cases, which is important to remember.  This is a good read on how to be more productive and train your brain to push past perfectionism. 

Finally, way behind the times, I know, but Hamilton is all I have been listening to all week and I love it.  Why don’t they do more historical modern broadway shows?  As a lover of all American history I would be a huge proponent of that.

Enjoy your long-awaited weekend, and may it bring cooler temperatures…please.

summer picnic recipes

It is hot hot hot outside!  I love the long relaxing nights and all of the fresh produce that summer brings, but growing up in North Carolina, I never loved the blazing hot and humid summer days.  Sometimes it isn’t bad if you can stay in the shade, or take a dip in the water, but there are some days, like this entire week, when the heat index is 106 and you start sweating the second you step outside.

Even with the heat though, we have always loved going on picnics and summer is the perfect time to do that!  When the sun starts to set and the weather becomes more bearable, we pack up some dishes made from delicious summer produce, grab a blanket and head to a shady field or a state park.  We love to meet up with friends for picnics on casual weekend nights and share all of the dishes that everyone has made.  It is so fun to see other people’s creative dishes and ways to use all of the fresh food that is around right now.  I have been striving to try new recipes using all of the fruits and veggies we can get at the farmers’ market before the summer is over.  Below are some great recipes for a summer potluck, a summer picnic, or a summer picnic potluck ;)  Get ready for a tomato and peach overload!

Summer Picnic - Love and Lemons mix n match summer crostini

I am always a proponent of build-your-own. it lets each person put their twist on one item and ensures that everyone has something they like.  So, naturally, I love this idea of a build-your-own crostini bar.  The tomatoes, figs, peaches and herbs all look so summery and delicious with the other toppings!  I think I would build one with hot pepper peach jam, peaches and basil, one with brie, figs and crushed pistachios, and one with pesto, roasted garlic & onion jam, tomatoes and basil.  Yummmm.

Summer Picnic - HSE Grilled VeggiesGrilled veggies are one of the best and easiest sides and these look amazing!  And that avocado whipped feta?!  It looks like it would pair so well with the smoky vegetables.

Summer Picnic - HBH Peach-Burrata-Pizza-with-Honey-BalsamicEvery few weeks I get this desire to make my own summer flatbread, with melty mozzarella olive oil, herbs and peaches, tomatoes or figs.  Every time I get to the grocery store I chicken out and decide I don’t want to make the pizza dough or buy the naan just for this one fleeting idea.  This peach burrata pizza with honey and balsamic might make me change my mind and stick to it.  It would be so fun to have strips of this for your summer picnic or dinner party!

Summer Picnic - Love and Lemons corn cucumber peach avocado salad 2We love to pick up corn and peaches from the farmer’s market and try out the different stands to choose our favorites.  This corn, cucumber, peach and avocado salad puts so many delicious summer produce together in a great, healthy side dish.

Summer Picnic - Cookie and Kate creamy-cherry-tomato-summer-squash-pastaThis creamy cherry tomato and summer squash pasta looks like a delicious and different way to use those squash and cherry tomatoes that are popping up everywhere.  The best part of this is that it is made creamy by adding goat cheese.  That alone makes me want to try this.  Pasta is an easy and portable food too, perfect for picnics!

Summer Picnic - A Couple Cooks Buratta-Peach-and-Tomato-SaladCan you tell I have a soft spot for peach, tomato and cheese combos?  Every time I see another recipe with this combo I want to try it, which is definitely true for this peach, heirloom tomato and burrata salad.  Toss it all together, sprinkle with fresh basil from the garden and you have a delicious side for your summer picnic!  Could I just eat this whole plate for dinner?

Summer Picnic - JTB Tomato PieOne last tomato recipe with a slightly different twist than the others.  This tomato pie is filled with ricotta cheese, eggs, herbs, mushrooms and caramelized onions.  It borders on a quiche and would be a great main dish for breakfast or dinner.  If you’re looking for a way to get rid of those cherry tomatoes that are shriveled and on their way out, this is the recipe for you.  Once they cook, it won’t matter how shriveled they were to begin with and you can pretend they were the freshest ones from the patch ;)

Summer Picnic - my name is yeh gouda+peach+prosciutto+mac+and+cheeseNorth Carolina summers mean heat and thunderstorms.  We get a pop up thunderstorm most nights in the summer (at least thats what it seems like).  For those stormy nights when the lightning and thunder seem to be on top of you and you just want some summer comfort food (that’s not an oxymoron), this gouda mac and cheese with peaches and caramelized onions is just what you need.  This is another dish that would pack well for a potluck.  If you could get it out of the house without eating it all, that is.

Summer Picnic - HSE Pineapple Peach Agua FrescaOn to the delicious cold summer drinks!  Pineapple, peaches, mint and lime combine to form a bright, fresh fruity water.  Throw it in a pitcher and impress your friends with this pineapple peach agua fresca!

Summer Picnic - Wicked Spatula Salted-Watermelon-MargaritasIf you are looking for something a little stronger, try these salted watermelon margaritas. I’m a sucker for watermelon in the summer and the sweet, saturated pink fruit that lends itself to so many refreshing recipes. Bring your chili powder, salt and a pitcher of these watermelon drinks and be the most popular person at the picnic ;)

Summer Picnic - The Faux Martha black ice creamI have wanted to make this black ice cream since I saw Melissa’s teaser instagram post. I was so excited when she posted the recipe and can’t wait until I get my act together enough to try it!

Summer Picnic - Pass the Cookies - Roasted Apricot Greek Yogurt PopsiclesWe can’t let a summer go by without popsicles!  Fresh and bright roasted apricot and greek yogurt popsicles would go well with any of these summer picnic items. Pack them in your cooler with lots of ice and pull them out for a fun summer dessert that is easy to share.

Summer Picnic - A Couple Cooks Peach-PieIf you would rather not prepare a frozen dessert, this peaches and cream pie uses those juicy orange summer fruits and looks absolutely amazing.

Summer Picnic - Cookie and Kate blueberry-crisp-recipeFor this blueberry almond crisp, you don’t even need special serving equipment, just a spoon and some bowls.  The benefit of a crisp is it can be as lazy and relaxed as you like – no fancy pie crust crimping or plating.  Just scoop and enjoy the gorgeous blueberry dessert.

What is your favorite summer picnic food to make?

Funfetti Brownie Cake with Cookie Dough Frosting

Sprinkles, sprinkles everywhere! Mondays are much better with funfetti brownie cake with cookie dough frosting! Can you even resist those pretty swirls, dark chocolate brownie chunks, and multi colored sprinkles?!

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It’s party time over here with this pretty cake. My brother’s birthday was last week and when I was brainstorming cake ideas this fun concoction came to mind. I wanted something over-the-top, with lots of colors that exudes fun. I think it was a success. I have been on the lookout for an opportunity to make Molly Yeh’s highly acclaimed homemade funfetti cake, and this seemed like the perfect time. What really makes this cake taste like the nostalgic boxed cakes from childhood days is the imitation vanilla. It is still great with pure vanilla extract, but as we learned from Momofuku Milk Bar, the imitation vanilla makes it a true 10-year-old-birthday-party funfetti flavored cake.

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Every time I look at this cake it makes me smile. There is something about sprinkles, funfetti and utter indulgence that is so fun. I didn’t realize until I was taking photos of this cake that I seem to have an affinity for sprinkle-filled over-the-top cakes. While they look similar, these two cakes actually taste very different. The brownie layer and cookie dough frosting are crucial to making this cake as great as it is. The cake layers aren’t that sweet by themselves, but the brownies and frosting make up for that. Homemade brownies are one of my all-time favorite desserts (if you haven’t made them, please put down the box and do it! You won’t regret it!). When I was trying to decide how to make the cake more unique, I immediately thought about these dark dark homemade brownies. They are perfectly moist and chewy and support the structure of the cake so well.

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I also contemplated the best way to top this cake, and originally wanted to make my own version of “Drake on Cake” with a different color icing, but after making the different layers and the frosting that seemed like an unnecessary step that would dirty more bowls than this cake required. So the brownie topping was slightly out of the idea that it would look delicious on a cake plate, and slightly out of pure laziness. Two thumbs up for extra brownies and no more dishes.

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This funfetti brownie cake with cookie dough frosting is such a fun and delicious combination for any age.  The more sprinkles the better ;)

Funfetti Cake
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
4 large egg whites
2 tablespoons clear imitation vanilla (this is what makes it taste like classic funfetti cake)
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 ½ cups cake flour
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sprinkles

Brownie Layer and Brownie Chunks
1 ½ cups flour
1 cup dark cocoa powder
¾ teaspoon salt
6 eggs
3 cups sugar
1 ½ cups butter, melted
3 ¾ teaspoons pure (not imitation) vanilla
1 ½ cup chocolate chips

Cookie Dough Frosting*
1 cup butter, at room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 1/3 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

*this makes enough frosting for between the layers, swirls on top, and a tiny tiny bit for the outside. You can double it to make enough to cover the outside of the cake, but the whole combination is very sweet already so it isn’t necessary to have more icing on the side of the cake.

To make the Funfetti Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 8-inch cake pan with circles of parchment paper, and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg whites, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in the vanilla and oil and mix.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking flour and salt. With your mixer running on low, alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk into the butter mixture in three additions, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until the batter is smooth. Fold in the sprinkles.

Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and bake about 30-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 10-15 minutes in the pans then remove them from the pans and transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the Brownies
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 8-inch cake pans with circles of parchment paper, lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray, and dust with flour. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla until well blended. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix just until all of the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Divide the batter evenly between your prepared pans and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Let the brownie layer cool for about 30 minutes before removing it from the pan, then transfer it to a wire cooling rack and let it cool completely.

To make the Cookie Dough Frosting
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light, creamy and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat again until smooth. Beat in the flour and salt. Add the milk and vanilla and mix until the frosting is well blended and smooth.

To Assemble
Place one funfetti cake layer on a cake plate. Top with frosting and add a brownie layer. Top the brownie layer with a layer of frosting and add the second funfetti layer to the top of the stack. Cover the top and sides of the cake with a thin layer of frosting and put the rest of the frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large tip (of any shape you want). Pipe swirls around the edge of the top of the cake. Cut the second round of brownies into 1-inch cubes and pile them on top of the cake. Break up the brownies that don’t fit on the top of the cake and spread them around the base of the cake. Sprinkle more sprinkles on top of the piped icing and brownies on the top of the cake and celebrate!

Funfetti cake from Molly Yeh, brownies adapted from here

nordstrom anniversary sale!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and now open to the public! It feels like every blogger has been posting about this for so long because of the early access sale period that was only open to cardholders, but here we are, at the public entrance, ready to charge. I put together a few different looks below, all made up entirely of items that are on sale. The #nsale clothes, colors and fabrics have me wishing we could curl up with a mug of hot cider and enjoy the crisp weather as we admire the changing leaves. But alas, it is in the upper 90s today and we are still chugging along in the middle of summer. At least these clothes give us something to look forward to with cooler weather and warmer clothes ahead. I’d love to know if you shopped the sale and what your purchases were! I can’t wait to see all of the fall clothes! :)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Outfit 1 Burgundy Bell

This first outfit from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is full of burgundy/wine/bordeaux/whatever we are calling the color this season. I have some items in this color from last year and I love the rich tones. They pair perfectly with the greys, blacks and camels that are all great for fall.


july goals

July GoalsJuly is flying by and these July goals are coming way later than I had hoped (as in, I hoped they would be posted at least in the first half of the month. whoops). I think monthly goals might not be the best way for me to get things done, but seasonal goals are much easier to accomplish. I often get wrapped up in events and work and trips and don’t get to the monthly goals necessarily within the month, but I could get to them with the longer, more flexible timeline of the season. As I say that, I look at my June goals list, and am surprised at how many of them I accomplished. Maybe it is a combination of setting realistic goals and setting challenging goals in a realistic timeline.

What I really want my goal for July to be is: HOLD ON AND KEEP GOING, because that’s what it feels like I’m struggling to do. We have so much going on and with wedding season in full swing, I am gone every weekend, leaving grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, and exercise to all be squished into the weekdays, which, as you can imagine, doesn’t all happen.

Update on June Goals:
-Unpack and set up guest bedroom – I unpacked almost everything then attempted to set up the bed, which is when it got even more crowded and messy, but that is a story for another day.
-Celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary (!) – We did! We went to Riverdance and ate cake :)
Make a practice wedding cake – Made many!
-Hang curtains (living room, bedroom, guest bedroom) – Whoops, not yet.
-Create blog posts to have on hand for the busy month of July – Created some, but those are depleting.
-Finish raised garden bed and transplant herbs, veggies and flowers – We finished making the raised garden bed and planted some herbs, but no veggies and flowers, since it is way to hot to plant now.

July Goals:
-Celebrate 4th of July with family in Georgia
-Make a wedding cake
-Find ways to exercise even when it is 100 degrees outside
-Hang curtains in living room and guest bedroom (holding off on bedroom because I want to paint)
-Find paint color for bedroom
-Have fun with family and friends at many weddings!
-Plan a trip for family
-Enjoy frozen desserts
-Go on long walks
-Make a new recipe (savory or sweet)

berry granola breakfast popsicles

Pop-pop-popsicles!!!!!  These breakfast popsicles are filled with berries, granola and Greek yogurt for a delicious, healthy start to the day.

berry, granola and Greek yogurt breakfast popsicles | passthecookies.com

Our weekends have been very busy this month, filled with many road trips and celebrations, but not much time at home.  Whenever I come back from a weekend of traveling, I feel like it can be difficult to feel prepared for the week ahead.  With few groceries in the fridge and pantry, and laundry piling up, and with a new (early) clinical rotation schedule for Will, making breakfast and lunch fall in the priority ranks, to leave room for sleep and convenience.  Enter, berry, granola and Greek yogurt breakfast popsicles.

berry, granola and Greek yogurt breakfast popsicles | passthecookies.com

berry, granola and Greek yogurt breakfast popsicles | passthecookies.com

These breakfast popsicles are easy and a great healthy option for on-the-go days when you don’t have time to make breakfast but still want a good start to your day.  Keep a few on hand in the freezer and grab one to eat as you are heading out the door. Frozen berries, Greek yogurt with a touch of honey for sweetness and some quick and easy granola pair together to fuel you up and get you started on the right foot for the day ahead of you.

berry, granola and Greek yogurt breakfast popsicles | passthecookies.com

berry, granola and Greek yogurt breakfast popsicles | passthecookies.com

So much colorful goodness with a touch of texture. We’re all about that with these breakfast popsicles.  Also, the fact that we can say breakfast and popsicle together makes for a good day right off the bat, don’t you agree?  Another great thing about these breakfast popsicles is that you can customize them to fit your taste and your freezer ingredients.  You can substitute any type of frozen berries, or even frozen mangos or other fruits for the frozen raspberries and blueberries.  I use plain Greek yogurt, but you can use your favorite flavor.  Vanilla goes with pretty much everything and the cherry and berry flavors would make a delicious breakfast berry overload!  Mix it up!

berry, granola and Greek yogurt breakfast popsicles | passthecookies.com

I love love love homemade granola, but you could easily add store-bought granola, or even your favorite breakfast cereal (just make sure it can hold up to the moisture of the Greek yogurt).  Easily customized, tasty, healthy and cold – just what I want on these hot, humid, early and busy mornings.  Thank you for making my life easier, berry granola breakfast popsicles.  All hail the breakfast pop!

berry, granola and Greek yogurt breakfast popsicles | passthecookies.com

Berry Granola Breakfast Parfait Popsicles
1 cup plain Greek yogurt*
2 tablespoons honey
3 cups frozen berries (I used blueberries and raspberries)

Quick Granola
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon olive oil
¾ teaspoons ground cinnamon

*You can use vanilla or another flavor of Greek yogurt, but removed the 2 tablespoons of honey.

To make the Greek yogurt and berry layers:
In a small bowl, mix the Greek yogurt and honey together.

In the bowl of a food processor or a blender, blend each type of your berries well. The blended frozen fruit should be smooth and thick. Since I used two types of berries, I blended one, set the blended mixture aside in a bowl, then blended the next separately, so I could have different colored layers. If the layers don’t matter to you, or if you are using one type of fruit, you can put all of the fruit in at once and blend it together.

To make the granola:
Preheat the oven for 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix and toast the oats and coconut flakes together on a baking tray and bake for 5-8 minutes, or until golden.

While the oats and coconut are toasting, mix coconut oil, honey, maple syrup and olive oil together in a small bowl until combined.

Remove the oats and coconut from the oven and pour into a medium bowl. Mix in the cinnamon. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until all of the dry ingredients are covered.

To assemble the popsicles:
Beginning with the Greek yogurt mixture or the frozen berries, layer the Greek yogurt, frozen berries and granola, alternating until you reach the top but leaving room to sprinkle some granola on top of each popsicle mold. Press the top layer of granola into the popsicles and freeze for at least 4 hours.

link love

This week has felt all sorts of wonky for me.  I think it is because I was out of town and on the road from Wednesday to Sunday, which got me out of any sort of routine, and then I never returned to my regular routine when I got back. Will is on a surgery rotation, so our schedules have adjusted and have us getting up really early and going to bed earlier than we usually do. It has also legitimately been 100 degrees outside, which has mad my usual running schedule go out the window the second I step outside.  On top of these things, I have been working an event at work for the past few days, which also extends and changes my work schedule.  With all of this, I have truly struggled to remember which day it was every day this week. We have another wedding weekend to attend, but first, here’s some link love!

 Link Love 7.16.2016
Have you fallen into Pokemon Go yet?  I never played Pokemon as a kid, so I really couldn’t care less about it, but I think it is so interesting to see the impact technology has on our lives.  People are moving around and going outside to play the game, rather than sitting on the couch, and there are arguments that it could improve users’ physical and mental health. Not sure if I buy that, but still an interesting impact of technology on our society.
I love this cookbook idea.  I’m always jotting things down about recipes I make and writing straight in the cookbooks (which I really don’t mind).  I have a small notebook for my own recipe development, but the categories in this kickstarter book are great!
How do we think of happiness?  What makes us happy?  This study looks at how the genomics of happiness can affect the rest of our lives.  It shows a new way to look at happiness. Big stuff.
A Museum of Ice Cream is coming to New York.  I repeat, a museum of ice cream is coming to New York.  If you are in NY I expect you to go and report back.

As shown by the name of this blog, I love making cookies.  I love baking new kinds of cookies and serving them to friends and family whenever anyone stops by our apartment.  While I hope the recipes here provide you with some great flavors, I love this post on tips to improve your cookies.  They are all spot on and good to remember.  Happy baking!

upholstered headboards

Ever since we moved I have been on the lookout for headboard ideas. In our last apartment, the only place our bed fit was in front of the only window in the bedroom. I have always loved upholstered headboards, and knew I eventually wanted one for our bed, but I didn’t want to block the only natural light in the room, so we went headboardless. Now that we are in a different space, our bed is against a wall and is in much need of a headboard.

Upholstered Headboards - The Everygirl Alaina Upholstered Headboard

In high school and college my parents and I made upholstered headboards for my bed at home and my bed in my college apartment, and for my sister’s bed. Once you have the materials and know what you want it to look like, making an upholstered headboard really is not that difficult, but there are also some great deals on headboards out there if you aren’t crafty or if you don’t have space and materials to make your own.

Upholstered Headboads - SMP Upholstered Headboard

Upholstered Headboard - SMP Emily Henderson Upholstered Headboard

After lots of pinning and looking at online home tours, I still feel like I have too many ideas in mind before we buy or make a headboard. Should we get one that is rectangular or has some curves? Do we want one that is tufted or not tufted? Wings or no wings, and if yes wings, is the widest part at the top or bottom? Nail heads or no nail heads? The one thing I think I have decided on is the color, neutral, which can still vary widely. There are so many decisions and a headboard is so large that I really feel like I need to love it and commit to what I choose for a long time. I have found a few that I like that are linked below, and maybe someday soon I will figure out which one I want.

Upholstered Headboard - Pink Peonies Upolstered Headboard

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roasted tomato and corn galette with pesto, goat cheese and herbed crust

The farmers’ markets and backyard gardens are so good right now! Almost all of the ingredients for this roasted tomato and corn galette with pesto, goat cheese and herbed crust are straight from the garden (or the farmers’ market, in our case), and are so fresh and delicious!

Roasted Tomato and Corn Galette with Pesto and Goat Cheese

Roasted Tomato and Corn Galette with Pesto and Goat Cheese

I love fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs in the summer. The bright colors and strong flavors are great for so many fresh dishes, but sometimes I get stuck in a rut and make the same thing over and over again. One of the summer dishes that has been on rotation in our home as of late is skillet-roasted corn, both on and off the cob. Cooking corn in the skillet with a dash of olive oil makes a huge difference in flavor! It brings out the sweet flavors of the corn and adds a little char to the kernels, giving it a similar look and taste to grilled corn. Since we don’t have a [working] grill, this is an easy, delicious solution to improving our corn and summer dishes.  (more…)

4th of july, 2016

4th of July has become one of my favorite holidays. Growing up 4th of July was fun if we had plans, but there were never specific plans or traditions we continued every year. Now that I am part of Will’s family, we join them every year with lots of traditions for 4th of July. As one holiday where everyone joins together, it is truly like Christmas in July.

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We all wear red, white and blue for the huge lunch of ribs, usually on the 4th of July, but shifted this year due to the holiday falling on Monday. The day after ribs and red, white and blue, all of the guys in the group wear Hawaiian shirts and we cook a low country boil. These photos were taken on Hawaiian shirt day, but never fear, the decorations and desserts brought red, white and blue to us all weekend.

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There is plenty of Hawaiian to go around, and for some reason, all blue.

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And some sass from the women in the family! :)

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Charlie’s Angels in the photobooth and a twin dancing emoji complete the photos from the day. It was a 4th of July to remember, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else for the patriotic holiday! So much family, food and fun every year, and we always hate to leave. Could we get a longer holiday weekend, please?  We would gladly sing along to some more Jimmy Buffett, supervise slip’n’slides, and gobble down some more delicious meals.  And the countdown to July 4, 2017 begins.

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See last year’s celebration here!

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