Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Fourth!!

It's our country's birthday!! Happy Birthday! Happy Fourth of July!! From scanning through Facebook updates today it is pretty evident that everyone is enjoying fireworks, grilling out, parades, a longer weekend, and time spent with family and friends. We've certainly been enjoying much of the same this weekend at our house as well.

Our Saturday started out with a trip to the Farmer's Market where we picked up some fresh tomatoes and zucchini. It was also nice just to walk through the many stalls of produce, cheeses, homemade pasta, and so much more. We passed a cooking demonstration where we got the inspiration to buy the zucchini in the first place.

After the Farmer's Market we walked down the street to downtown to find all the booths and other festivities spread across Main and Short Streets. We located the 1380 Real Life Radio Booth where I registered for a iPad drawing and picked up the new car magnet as shown on the left (and which is now properly displayed on my car).

Saturday night was night one of our three day grilling fest. We started with grilled pizza. This was only our second time making grilled pizza. Had a few issues the first time, but it worked well this time. We made it with the fresh basil we've been growing and the fresh tomatoes we bought that morning at the Farmer's Market. It was quite yummy!!

Today for the actual Fourth our grilling was a little more traditional. Dinner was hamburgers. Nothing exciting. Except ... we grilled up the zucchini we had bought on Saturday. Cut into long flat strips and seasoned with a touch of olive oil and some salt and pepper, then a few minutes on the grill. It was excellent!

But that wasn't all. We also used the grill for dessert tonight. We grilled bananas!! Talk about unique! Hubby cut one banana in half length-wise, keeping the skin on, brushed them each with a little butter/brown sugar mixture, and placed them on the grill face down. They stayed there for just a few minutes. We then cut each half in half and placed the halves in two bowls, two for each of us. Topped it with a little vanilla ice cream, drizzled a bit of raspberry sauce over them (which we already had in the fridge), and then topped it all with the last of the blueberries that hubby picked a week ago. All together we had a perfect July Fourth red, white, and blue dessert. And it was very yummy!! I should have taken a picture to share, but it disappeared before I could. Opps!

Monday is also part of our holiday. We both have the day off, so we're going hiking in the morning. We'll be heading out to Raven Run hopefully around 9:30 or 10:00. Tomorrow night will also be our third and final night of the grilling fest. Just grilling up some chicken and pairing it with a simple salad and the leftover zucchini.

It's been a relaxing weekend full of lots of good food and some good exercise to balance that out. We've been listening to fireworks going off around us, but haven't really gone out to see any. I hope everyone else is having a great holiday weekend. What special things have you done this weekend?? Or what new recipes did you try? Let me know by posting in the comments section. Hubby is always up for grilling new foods!!

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