independence day.

Well hello there! Happy Independence Day to you; I hope you had a lovely day in whatever weather you prefer for your summer holidays, and I hope you had a chance to sit around and eat with people you love. I did. We made these funny little cupcakes out of white box cake mix (because I’m on vacation, and there’s nothing wrong with a good white box cake). We dolled them up with the Momofuku Milk Bar birthday cake frosting, sprinkled them with a little patriotism, and fashioned tiny fireworks out of licorice whips. Then, we gave them toothpick flags.

We prepared for guests.

We gathered the condiments and spreaders.

And then the guests came. So we grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

We put them on assorted buns.

We stuffed our faces with my mom’s potato salad that, curiously, none of us have the recipe for. It’s probably better that way. It’s dangerous stuff.

Also, I baked up this tart by making a tart crust and using a Springform pan as a makeshift tart pan. I don’t bring my tart pans on vacation with me, oddly enough. I filled it with fresh pastry cream and fresh berries and it was totally light and refreshing. I’ll totally share this recipe with you very soon.

Mostly, we just ate, and chatted around tables, and ran in circles with the Wee One, and made dessert picnics on the floor with blankets, and  laughed.

And so another summer holiday goes by. I am sleepy and stuffed, but in the best ways possible.




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  • Reply Emma July 5, 2012 at 6:03 am

    The potato salad looks good, and I don’t even like potato salad. Or potatoes. But not to worry, I’m currently satiating my hunger so that I won’t simply rant about wanting to mow down every photo.

    Mmmm, cake frosting. Erp, ok, enough.

    I don’t remember if you’ve said where you’re vacationing. It’s top secret, maybe? How about a hint? Regional specialty? Local accents? In vogue fashions?

    • Reply shannon July 7, 2012 at 5:01 am

      emma, it is delicious. mr. table dislikes potato salad, but i daresay he may try this one someday. Unless i am specifically doing something like this (only in the summer, for holidays) or a blog project, i don’t buy potatoes. i simply don’t think about them much. it’s like that with me and most starchy things. we have a “meh” relationship.

      you are so eating cake frosting out of a can, aren’t you.

      i don’t know if i DID say where i was vacationing, but it’s not top secret (except for maybe the actual address 🙂 ) since i know you like to think and not just be told stuff, here are some hints:
      1. regional specialty: grouper, shrimp, and i mean, fish is pretty big here.
      2. local accent: i’ve always thought it was funny that this particular part of the country had no accent, considering it’s location. however, i believe by the grocery sections and the nature of why many people ultimately move here that there are many accents because only about 10% of people are from here. that’s a made-up statistic.
      3. fashion: if you’re looking for vintage clothing, old decorative furniture your grandma had while you were growing up, or cast-aside needlepoint or crewel work, retro kitchen equipment, or random silver pieces, you’d find it here at any Goodwill location. which we frequent while here.
      give me some guesses.

      • Reply Emma July 9, 2012 at 7:35 am

        My guesses include: Clearwater, Florida. Panama City, Florida (maybe too far into accent territory?). Sarasota, Florida. Daytona Beach, Florida (shout out to Tia Cori’s Tacos!). St Augustine, Florida (shout out to that one Italian ice stand in that one parking lot at that one beach!). Cape Coral, Florida. Any of those other towns, Florida.

        How’d I do?

        • Reply shannon July 11, 2012 at 5:06 am

          ding ding! EMMA you’re so good at this! i’m in Sarasota, Florida. Actually a sleepy little town just south of the actual sarasota (but within sarasota county, i believe) called Venice. so you technically guessed it with both “any of those other towns, Florida” as well as Sarasota. i am thrilled at your powers of deduction!

  • Reply movita beaucoup July 5, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Man, oh man. I wanna be on vacation with you! You people know how to do it RIGHT.


    • Reply shannon July 7, 2012 at 4:52 am

      i’m telling you; we need to start a Food Blogger Summer Camp. Because we all need this much random fun in our lives at the same time.

      it would be INCREDIBLE. try and wrap your head around it; no…you can’t. Because it’s that awesome. You’ll be the counselor in charge of wooting and freeze-frame fist-pumps. also cake.

  • Reply Jen @ Juanita's Cocina July 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Hope there was lots of boom boom in your life yesterday. As in…fireworks and all.

    My stomach just started growling and it’s only 9 a.m. Why am I craving hot dogs?

    • Reply shannon July 7, 2012 at 4:50 am

      *giggle* i hope the same for you, my Jen. 🙂

      isn’t that terrible when you have inappropriate food cravings? although let me qualify that by saying it’s really only terrible if others are around and have to witness it. 🙂

  • Reply natalie July 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I tried to make 4th of july cupcakes, so I dyed some red… but then i didn’t like the frosting and I was out of powdered sugar so I had to use the leftover chocolate frosting from my chocolate cupcakes… no big deal. I figured I would use red, white, and blue sprinkles. Oops. Fresh out. So I ended up with red-colored vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and dinosaur sprinkles… Happy Fourth of July! LOL

    • Reply shannon July 7, 2012 at 4:48 am

      i flipping love this story; SOOOO something which would happen to me. but only when i’m baking for others, not when it’s just for the blog and i can mess up and no one knows. but you totally macgyvered those cupcakes, girl! i saw them on Thursday things. If you hadn’t mentioned they were dinosaur sprinkles, i would have been all “wow! where did she find sprinkles shaped like fireworks blowing up! cool!” 🙂

  • Reply Willow July 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful fourth! I missed out on family activities this year, and it was too hot to go out for fireworks… so I sat inside eating watermelon. Lame, right? Next year I’ll have a grill, though, and all will be different!

    • Reply shannon July 7, 2012 at 4:21 am

      there is NOTHING wrong with sitting inside eating watermelon on the fourth of july. We didn’t to the “let’s jaunt down and watch fireworks” part because down here, the beaches are crazy crowded during the display – no place for a 2 year old at night. Not lame in the slightest. 🙂

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