Monday, July 2, 2012

4th of July meal planning.

I am a huge fan of the 4th of July. 


It's a day of celebration in my house, and the cause for celebration is twofold:
First, I was raised by a father who served in two wars and was ultimately wounded in combat. As a result, I do not take our freedom for granted. I have seen firsthand the wounds of war and understand our freedom is far from free.   
Second, the 4th of July was my father's birthday. I will forever celebrate him for himself, and for being the most influential person in my life. Then and now. 
So, despite the fact that I'm suffering from a bit of jet lag {the kids are still asleep and it's after noon), I'm beginning to plan our meal for the 4th. I'm thinking an early dinner poolside with friends. Followed by fireworks over the bay. 

It's shaping up to be a grand celebration! 

Just as it should be!

photos via Pinterest
Limited edition patriotic champagne - No celebration would be complete without a little bubbly.  And Chandon has won me over with their cute summer bottle!

Yummy Mummy's patriotic salad - Quinoa, greens, and fresh berries - what a beautiful, and healthy alternative to traditional potato salad.

Blueberry, strawberry & jicama salsa - A refreshing and appropriately colored substitute for our regular salsa.

Lemon dill chicken skewers - Easy, quick, and the perfect compliment to this light meal.

I'll top all this off with brownies, individually wrapped in parchment and topped with red, white, and blue bows, which we will enjoy as we wait for the fireworks to begin!

Happy 4th to you all!

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