“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We hope y’all are having a wonderful summer!!!!
I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by. Of course next week is a special day for us in these United States of America, as it is the celebration of our Independence on the fourth of July. I read the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence and to quote Nickolas Cage from the film National Treasure, “No one talks like that anymore…but they should.” It is a wonderful document full of beautiful words but hopefully, as a nation, we will continue to seek out and truly live the meaning behind them, and the Source out of which those ideals were birthed.
So I wanted to give y’all a little inspiration for your Independence Day celebrations! This was the meal that Sierra and I prepared together when she came to visit us last year. The week of July fourth with my sister has become a beloved tradition over the last several years and we can’t wait to share our plans for this year with y’all. That will come soon, but for now, check out the spread we created to celebrate our nation’s founding:
My husband smoked ribs for us and they were simply fall-off-the-bone, tender, flavorful, yummy goodness! We used my favorite BBQ dry rub recipe which I shared a couple of weeks ago to flavor and tenderize them. Check that recipe and video out here. One important step in preparing ribs is to remove the “silver skin” or membrane on the back of the rack of ribs. This is a really important step that you don’t want to miss or your ribs will be tough and chewy. Here is a YouTube video showing how that is done. From this point, there are about a million different ways to cook ribs. You can smoke them, grill them, bake them in the oven, or even throw them in the crock pot. We use the 3-2-1 method for our ribs, but again, this will vary depending on your method of cooking. Definitely do your homework for ribs, but given a little time and patience, the results are incredibly rewarding…and tasty!!
For our sides, we had a veggie tray with Starla’s truly addictive ranch dip, we sauteed zucchini and yellow squash, went the easy route with Annie’s Organic gluten free mac n’ cheese, and Sierra made the best deviled eggs I have ever tasted. She was a little devilish in her preparation because she snuck in an unexpected ingredient: sauerkraut. This was a fantastic replacement for the pickles and I’m telling you, those deviled eggs were a probiotic infused home run!
The table was a simple set up of stuff that we had around the house. I love my blue and white plates, the chargers were from Christmas festivities, the runner was a really good find from Dirt Cheap, and the table cloth was a twin sized flat sheet from Walmart that cost under $5. I didn’t steal it from anyone’s bed either, as I had been using them as curtains before we renovated my son’s room.
Of course our meal would not be complete without a little cold brewed tea and kombucha to wash it all down in a good ol’ Mason jar!
I hope this inspires you for your Independence Day celebrations!
God bless you!