Independence Day Celebrations

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This is 4th of July week for those in the US, but most countries have an Independence Day or similar celebration. What was your tradition growing up? Fireworks? Trip to the beach? Cookout? As an adult, what’s your favorite Independence Day activity or what would you love to do? Hope you’ve already visited A.S. Fenichel on this week’s RWW Blog hop.


When I was a kid, we were usually visiting relatives in South Carolina during July 4. Can you say watermelon…  I can but don’t like it. Yes, I’ve been told I’m weird.  My cousin’s birthday is around this time and she’d always ask for a red velvet cake. Now that was better than fireworks for me. 🙂
These days, hubs, son and I vacation  the week of July 4th on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We meet up with neighboring beach rental families that we’ve become close to over the last eighteen years. Our kids have grown up together.  They are our “Beach Family.” Surrounded by these wonderful friends, we spend Independence Day on the beach and then grill out for dinner. Occasionally, we all get together and have a block party.
The men used to launch fireworks (illegal) until one year they’d just
finished and the police came driving
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down the beach  in their SUV. Stagnant air still fresh with sulfur hung about the men in a cloud. Luckily, other felonious fireworks shooters further south launched some rockets saving our guys from being questioned or worse.  Since then, we stick to watching others who don’t mind pressing their luck.

Below is a pic of some flavorful rum cherry bombs we make to get the party started.

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Hope everyone celebrating has a safe and fun holiday!  Happy Fourth of July! Now on to Brenda Margriet.

Romance Writers Weekly: Favorite Recipe

Romance Writers Weekly with coffe cup underneath and a mocha foam heart in cupThis week on Romance Writers Weekly blog hop, Jenna Da Sie asks authors which meal they prefer, breakfast, lunch or dinner and to share a recipe. Hope you’ve visited Leslie Hachtel to discover her favorite meal and favorite recipe.
I’m going to be a rebel and claim dessert as my favorite meal.  I asked my son his favorite that I make and he said Kulua cake.  Ironic in that I’d eaten a piece when I went in to labor with him twenty-three years ago this past March!  Here’s the recipe for labor… I mean Kahlua Cake.  This was shared with me by my mother-in-law.  Easy to make, enjoy!
chocolate bundt cakeKahlua Cake
1 Devil’s Food cake mix
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup sour cream
1 cup Kahlua
6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
bottles of Kahlu on shelfButter Cream Frosting
1 stick butter
1- 8 oz package cream cheese
1 lb confectionery sugar
Mix cake ingredients and pour into a greased and floured 12″ bundt  pan. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Cool in pan 30 minutes.  Mix frosting and pipe or spread onto cooled cake.
Now on to Jenna Da Sie’s favorite meal.

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