Yesterday I realized that the Fourth of July is one of my absolute favorite holidays, in contention only with Christmas and Halloween. A couple of Independence Day traditions ensure the day is filled with good-natured company, lively conversation and food galore.
I spent my time yesterday with friends and family, divided between Norman and Stillwater. I woke up and headed over to my friend Jordan and Dane’s house for a Sunday tradition we call The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is simply a group of good friends who come together with an assortment of ingredients, cook up a feast and enjoy eating brunch together. We went all out for our Independence Day Breakfast Club meal, which included waffles with strawberries and vanilla ice cream (yes really), chicken-fried steak (for the meat eaters), fried eggs and home fries. Delicious!
I then headed to Yost Lake in Stillwater for an annual family reunion with my mother’s side of the family. Unfortunately, the rainy weather dampened our usual lake and beach volleyball activities, but we had fun nonetheless. We huddled under umbrellas to watch my cousin Jared compete in the yearly horseshoe tournament. Sometimes you just have embrace being in Oklahoma!
The afternoon continued indoors with some of my favorite family members and an abundance of treats, including blackberry cobbler and my black bean salsa. As the sun started to set, I headed back to Norman and glimpsed flashes of fireworks along the road home.
Back at Jordan’s home in Norman, the guys got rowdy and set off fireworks. We then enjoyed Jordan’s delicious homemade apple pie with ice cream and watched The Sandlot, which is as good today as it was when we were ten years old.
After all that sugar and fun in one day, I rolled myself off the couch and went home, worn out and content. I’d call yesterday a satisfying, all-American success, complete with traditions new and old. What are your July 4th traditions?
p.s. Please check out hide the good scissors for a better look at our Norman festivities.