Monday, July 8, 2013

A Fabulous 4th of July

Hi pals, happy Monday! Like many of you, I'm just coming off a four-day weekend so I am in a very chipper mood :) 

Did you all have a great 4th of July? I hosted a BBQ in my mom's backyard - she's got the grill and the pool so why not? - and we had a great time!

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That's the Paperless Post I sent out to our friends. Everyone arrived at 2pm ready to eat and drink their hearts out! We had tons of beer, booze and mixers, and I mixed up a batch of sparkling cranberry lemonade vodka punch. Here's Ram playing bartender:

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The true mark of a solid 4th of July party is the food - everyone knows that. We did a semi-potluck and it was delicious! My friend Rachel brought delicious homemade guacamole and chips, Abbie pitched in with a hummus and veggie platter, Serena brought all the burger toppings, and I made a crazy good grilled corn dip - I'll be sharing the recipe tomorrow!

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GB made that ridiculous mac & cheese and Amanda made a delicious tomato, mozzarella, and basil platter. I whipped up that salad - it's brussel sprouts slaw with poppyseed dressing.

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Ram manned the grill with his partner in crime, Stevie, and our burgers, hot dogs, and sausages were juicy and delicious! I'm now on a mission for us to get a grill in the near future so he can continue his new role as Grillmaster Supreme :) 

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After we ate til we were stuffed, we managed to find room for dessert - fruit salad by Ashley, smores bites, cookies, fruit pie from Alexandra, and.....

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...the piece de resistance... homemade berry funfetti cake, made by moi! It was just as delicious as it looks. Mmmm!

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I love our friends! Everyone said they had such a good time!

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The most popular party guest? Definitely Joey the puppy! 

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Hard to believe this was our THIRD 4th of July together! 

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I am so grateful to live in this country. God bless America, y'all! 

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