Holy Smokes! 4th of July


July 4th is next week-yikes!   That means that Summer is half way over in Maine.  Why in the world does it have to fall on a Wednesday this year?  How does that work for all the parades, picnics and fireworks?  Along with many others, I am taking a vacation week.  For Mainers, this is the first year of legalized fireworks in our State.     


  The 4th of July, or Independence Day, honors the “birthday” of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.  It is a day of celebration with picnics, parades, concerts, fireworks and a very good reason to fly the American flag. 


Flag etiquette is also referred to as the Federal Flag Code.  Here are some simple guidelines: Always treat the flag with respect.  The flag should be flown from sunrise to sunset, and if flown at night, must be well illuminated.  When flown with other flags, it is always in the highest position.  When displayed horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union (a/k/a the canton-the upper left quarter of the flag) should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left.  Fly your flags proudly.

4th of July Appetizers


Soft cheese spread with Bella Sun Luci sundried tomato pesto with pine nuts Deviled egg with sun dried tomato julienne slice

I’m skipping from App to Dessert here, but I believe that a glass of wine, an appetizer and a dessert is a fine dinner on a hot Summer evening.

4th of July wafer paper Old-fashioned Sugar Cookie


 This is a quick sugar cookie recipe that I have used for years.  It is from my old (1971) Betty Crocker New Picture Cook Book.  I like it because you are not required to chill the dough before rolling it out.  Chilling is optional.   Once baked, the cookies are soft and you get just a hint of the nutmeg flavor.    

Old-fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

1/2 cup shortening (part butter)

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 & 2/3 cups flour

1 tsp  baking powder

1/2 tsp soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup sour cream

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Mix shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.  In separate bowl measure flour, by dip-level method.   Blend the dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream.  Roll 1/4″ thick on well floured surface.  Cut with cookie cutter and place on greased baking sheet, or parchment paper.  Sprinke with sugar.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes.  Makes 4 to 5 dozen 2″ cookies. 

July 4th table setting, StockFood #00953964, w/permission 

NOTE:   Wafer paper is an edible starch based confection, made of potato starch, water and vegetable oil.  It has been printed with food safe ink,  per www.fancyflours.com.  This is what I used on the postcard size sugar cookies.  Flag source:  www.USA.gov; CRS Report for Congress, The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display & Associated Questions, Sec. 7, “Position & Manner of Display, pg. 8, parag. (i). 

Have a wonderful 4th of July! 

Respectfully, Susan



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