Happpy 4th! Independence Day tips and a summer break from blogging…

Hello everyone!

Happy Wednesday! AND happy 4th of July to my American readers!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the 4th of July. In fact, I’m gonna venture to say it’s my favorite of all the holidays. Not because I’m intensely patriotic. I just appreciate that Independence Day is more low-key than, say, New Year’s or Thanksgiving, and not as tinged by consumerism and materialism as Christmas and Valentine’s Day. I also love that celebrations revolve around spending time with family, friends, neighbors…generally focusing on community that ties this Melting Pot of a country together. I also appreciate that 4th of July traditions typically involve spending lots of time in the great outdoors — hiking, picnics and frisbee in the park, and of course, watching the fireworks.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it was at a 4th of July fireworks party that I once met a handsome boy who is now my amazing husband. πŸ™‚

So that’s my holiday soapbox. I’m sure you have a plethora of fun red-white-and-blue desserts lined up, but I’m planning on making strawberries dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate + blue food coloring (maybe I’ll try to do an all-natural blue color by mashing up blueberries?). Just melt the white chocolate chips at 20 second intervals in the microwave until smooth, dip a (DRY!) strawberry, top as you like, and place on a wax paper.

Also, what’s a veg girl to do when going to a 4th of July BBQ? I’m bringing asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, and tofu. πŸ™‚

Oh, and…I regret to say I’m gonna take a (little) break from blogging. A summer vacation, if you will. Really, it’s because I’ve been a procastinator: do you remember how during your college finals you’d opt for cleaning your room rather than study? Because cleaning felt mildly productive and let you avoid the more stressful task. Well, I’m ashamed to say I’ve been using blogging as my mildly productive but not as urgent activity — ie. “I think I’d rather blog than write grad school application essays and cover letters and study for the GRE…”

So, alas…good bye for now! I’ll reply to comments and such, try to keep you with your wonderful blog posts, and perhaps I’ll only be gone a week. But keep checking back! Here’s what’s coming up next.

  • Lemon Chili Tempeh
  • Dark Chocolate Hemp & Flax Fudge
  • Lemon, Blueberry, and Coconut Granola
  • Higher Protein White Bean Artichoke Dip/Spread (with lots of fun dipper ideas!)
  • Basil Lemonade Slushee
  • Easy Grapefruit Lime Sorbet
  • Tofu Fries
  • …And more. πŸ™‚

Have an amazing Independence Day!!


17 responses

  1. Ooof, good luck with your grad school apps! I just finished grad school last year – it’s a bear, but worth it! In what area will you be focused?

    • Congrats on finishing!! I’ve heard how rough it gets. I’m applying for a masters in public health nursing and/or epidemiology…*fingers crossed* we’ll see how it pans out! What was your major/where did you go? Yay for college. πŸ™‚

    • Aw, you’re sweet. I’m excited to share them! Just got to exert some discipline, haha — it’s much funner to make fudge than write essays, don’t you think? πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to catching up with all your lovely posts too!!

  2. I remember that “trick” all too well when I was in college. Enjoy your apps and good luck! πŸ™‚ Will keep my eye out for any rouge posts that you might slip in after a particular stressful night of grad school studying, applying, etc. πŸ˜‰

  3. Have a great break! I just had a 2 weeks break aka holiday & was super energized when I got back: enjoy yourself with your family & have fun, fun, fun & some good food, too! πŸ˜‰

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