Well the Annual Super-Duper-Shubert-Coopster 4th of July Celebration (that’s what I’m officially naming it, ha) was a blast. We got in quite a bit of swimming before a (thankfully brief) thunderstorm chased us into the house – which was fine, since it was time to make din anyhow. And chow down on Suz’s Deviled Eggs (and sip beer, of course!) while grillin’ and chillin’. The storm quickly cleared and the sun again emerged, so we wiped down the chairs and ate our burgers and ‘dogson the deck. (Insert: a plug for Nathan’s Famous brand hot dogs, available at Byerly’s, hooooey they are fabulous. We decided even better than Hebrew National, another family fav. See what you think…)
When it was time for Suz’s Blueberry Kuchen (crisp short-crust topped with a mass of ripe blueberries and baked into a buttery, cinnamon-y, warm-berry crumble, topped with freshly whipped cream, rarrr…), we moved out onto the screened porch so that I could make everyone try out the new cushions I ordered to pull together our hodge-podge of hand-me-down, white -wicker furniture. One chair is from John’s parents’ East Hampton home (thank you, Dot!), spiffed up with a fresh coat of white paint (thank you, Stacey!) and a new melon-colored pillow. The sofa and other chair are un-matching pieces I bought on clearance. I’m not even sure where the end tables are from, I’ve been hauling them around with me for years. With a new rug, some sheer curtains, and the white lights/paper lanterns I wrote about a few weeks ago, it’s all come together quite inexpensively and nicely, I think. And since I’m the one who loves to hang out there – particularly while eating my lunch – I guess that’s what matters most, eh?
So, uff, stuffed full of guacamole and burgers and blueberries, it was time for…fireworks! Yay! I love fireworks, just like a little kid, I clap and ooh and ahh – I can’t help myself. I found my face was hurting from smiling through the whole thing! Best part of our fireworks experience is the kids’ reactions, especially little Sully’s commentary – he notices the most amazing things. Since I don’t ever spend the 4th with Nathan (his dad’s bday), I’m so happy that I get to spend it with Vivian and Sullivan, and someday Coop de Loop as well!
(Recipes posted in comments, below.)
Suz's Blueberry Kuchen
2 C plus 4 Tbsp flour
1 dash salt
1 C butter
4 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp white vinegar
Mix together with pastry blender and press evenly into a 9X13 pan.
4 C blueberries
1 C sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp flour
Mix together and pour onto crust. Bake 30 to 45 minutes (check at 30) until bubbly and browned on crust edges. When done, sprinkle 2 C of raw blueberries and a little sugar on top.
You can also use peaches, apricots, apples, etc!
Suz's Deviled Eggs (so good, they're EVIL...)
Actually, I don't have a recipe. It's a little of this and a little of that. Basically you hard boil the eggs, cut them in half and pop the cooked yolks into a bowl. I then add Miracle Whip (NOT mayo!), mustard, and a dash of white vinegar. That's it! Mash it all together, and obviously add more of whatever to taste. After filling the empty whites with the filling, I sprinkle a little paprika on each one. (gives it that great retro look.) Voila! Deviled Egg Heaven. (or hell, if you will...mwah ah ah ah ahhhh!)