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Berries & Cream Cake

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Isn’t it amazing how some foods can evoke distinct memories? White cake with berries and cream instantly takes me back to 4th of July at my grandparents’ house. 

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My sister Michele and I were in charge of making our traditional American Flag cake every year. It was sliced Sara Lee pound cake layered with Cool Whip in a 9×13 pan, and topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries in an American flag design.

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Patriotic Summer Fruit Salad with Honey, Lime, & Mint

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July is here and summer is officially in full swing! Our weekends are jam-packed with family get-togethers and BBQs with friends. Plus, it’s almost my birthday, and I love birthdays (and birthday cake).

Yesterday, we celebrated a friend receiving his American citizenship. And what better way to celebrate than with food and beer? There were various meats – smoked, fried, and grilled. Laura made her famous bacon-cheddar meatloaf. Tina made homemade apple pie and vanilla ice cream. We went through three cheese and cracker platters – how frickin’ American is that?

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Grilled Shrimp with Rosemary & Garlic

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We had the BEST weather yesterday. 73° and sunny, a light breeze, blue skies and puffy white clouds.

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Chris and I started the day with a bicycle ride around the lake and through the prairie at one of our local forest preserves with our friend Emily.

We followed that with a few hours working on our yard. We’ve taken on a pretty big project of re-doing the landscaping in the front of our house and we’ve been working on it for a few weeks, but we’re almost done! Yay!

For dinner, we grilled up some chili-lime chicken burgers from Trader Joe’s, zucchini, and my garlic and rosemary shrimp. Good weather, friends, and food make for a perfect summer day!

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