Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!!

 I hope everyone has a Happy and safe 4th of July!! 

No plans in these parts.  There's the parade downtown but it depends on how hot/humid it is before I decide whether or not I'll go.  It was kinda disappointing last year.  One thing's for sure, I'm staying on this side of the Bridge!!!  I remember 2 years ago when we arrived from Seattle on 7/2, although we started from Albany, NY very early, we hit bumper to bumper traffic about 10 miles before the Canal, at 11:00 AM.  The next day we had to move stuff out of the storage unit in Sandwich to the BBay house and that was a looooooong day of sitting in traffic, both ways.  I'd totally forgotten that's how it is here on summer weekends!

Here's a picture I got off Pinterest for a seemingly easy-looking strawberry project....

And here's my version...this was my first attempt.  The Canada Day strawberries were my second attempt.  Everyone told me to carefully melt the white chox chips in the microwave, but despite my best efforts, the chox seized and I had to throw it out.  Then I tried melting them in a bowl that was placed in a small pot of heated water and that worked better.  However, I had a hard time dipping the berries in the chox and sugar, and as they cooled, they stuck to the plate!  Still tasted great though.

I'm sure it's going to be bad fireworks-wise and it's going to be a stressful night for the pups...I expect it will continue on throughout July as many towns continue to have weekly fireworks.  Keep your pets safe and inside, especially if you are planning to be gone all day!!!


  1. Have a Happy and Safe Fourth JoJo!

    Poor pups... hope they are okay during the ruckus.

    Those red white and blue strawberries look very cool! Maybe next time instead of white chocolate, whipping cream would make the dipping easier and hold the blue sugar (this from a non-fan of white chocolate for some reason...) But then you'd have to keep them really cold before eating!

  2. Hope you have a great July 4th! A day off from the routine is good.

  3. Have happy 4th of July!
    The main thing is to be happy, so if you are happy at home, it is also a good way of celebration :) I like fireworks for sometime, but then it becomes annoying, too noizy.

  4. Oh yeah...a big day for all of you.Happy independence day!!! Enjoy... :)

  5. JoJo may your 4th of July be a safe and very happy one.

    Great advice about keeping the pups indoors. All the booms and the bangs is enough to spook even the most relaxed pet.

    We will be hearing firecrackers long after the 4th - many folks in our redneck neighborhood buy their fireworks by the truckload and they'll be shooting them off every night until the last one is gone. I seriously think I could find better ways to spend my money. :D

  6. Anonymous1:53 PM

    Happy 4th to my American 'cousins' - groovy strawberries there Jojo!

  7. Definite A for Effort! And for patience...

  8. Happy 4th JoJo. I hope your babies did ok this evening.

  9. Those berries are COOL!! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!!