Memories from the Fourth of July
Do you have favorite summer memories? Some of mine are from Fourth of Julys spent in California. Perhaps you’re wondering what a Texan girl was doing on the West Coast. My parents bought a summer home in Newport Beach to get out of the sweltering Texas heat. Our family would bask in the California sun and cool ocean air. I remember rubbing baby oil all over myself to get that perfect tan–of course, we didn’t know better then!
Balboa Village is a small historic district just walking distance from our home with a charming vintage look and feel. As children, our favorite part was the small amusement park complete with a Ferris wheel, arcade, and plenty of junk food! Every year, they would host a fireworks show, which was the highlight of the evening. Of course, I’d spend the day cooking with my mother and we’d all feast together before taking a boat cruise on the water to watch the magical display of the lights in the Newport Beach Harbor.
A Taste of Americana
The Fourth of July is a great time to bring together some of your American favorites. Here’s an example of what we might have enjoyed on this wonderful family holiday:
Cold Tomato Soup
Corn on the Cob
Strawberry Shortcake or Pavlova
Bringing Theme to Plate
My mother showed me her love of a great theme. So, in the spirit of my mother, I’ve adapted this strawberry shortcake recipe to be proudly presented with the colors of the flag for your holiday table! After she passed away, I found little American Flags in her party mementos. I remember her using them to decorate her tables and desserts. You can do the same!
Wishing You a Very Berry and Merry Fourth of July!
God bless America!