We enjoyed a full house this holiday weekend and enjoyed decorating with flags and serving our guests a typical July 4th cookout. Hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans and cole slaw warmed them up for the special treat: HOMEMADE ICE CREAM! It was a hot and muggy day, but under the shade of the 600 year old live oak, it was manageable. We also tasted some exotic beers with lemonade and all sorts of interesting approaches. Publix has recently started carrying a large variety of specialty beers here on the island and it was a good time to try out some different varieties.
As we began setting up, Cinnamon our fearless cat began circling and watching no doubt thinking there cood be shrimp involved. However, he had to settle for bits of cheeseburger. Byron cooked the hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken and Deborah did all the other cooking.
We made ice cream with the old fashioned salt and ice mixture but with an electric churn. It only took about forty minutes even with temps in the 90′s and of course from my perspective it needs to be vanilla if you make homemade. However, fixings were available for those that wanted a different flavor experience.
There was a day of fun and games for children at the park, followed by a parade (see separate blog)down Ashe and Center streets and finally fireworks later in the evening. Something for everyone in our small home town America.