Fourth of July at Home

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hope everyone who celebrated had a lovely and safe 4th of July. Mr Sweetie and I had a total chill and delicious holiday. It was eating all day (of course!), enjoying a bottle of Chardonnay (from Winc Wine Club), napping and watching "The Golden Compass". It was followed by more napping, eating and lighting fireworks when it got dark. This was pretty much how our 4th of July was in a nutshell.

It did feel like it was the weekend although July 4th fell on a Tuesday. We slept in then I made Mr Sweetie his pancake and eggs breakfast while I had toast and eggs with  glorious cups of hot coffee! We watched "Golden Compass" (which I really liked that I downloaded the book on my Kindle). Mr Sweetie fell asleep on the couch after the movie. By 4 pm, I put the ribs in the oven. (We ran out of propane so no bbq!)

While waiting for the pork ribs to cook, I made a cheese board of toasted baguette and asiago ball, and opened a bottle of Chardonnay. The wine was delicious! We snacked on these while watching Twilight Zone marathon.

Now, don't my ribs look delish?! They turned out perfect. (The ribs were already pre-seasoned when I got them from Costco although I prefer to season my own meats. I cooked the ribs at 375 degrees for an hour, reduced to 350 after basting with bbq sauce for another 45 minutes. I put them under the broiler on high for about 3 minutes. Voila! A perfect rack of ribs!)

I fed Mr Sweetie the ribs with a side of Caesar Salad for dinner. At this point, I fell asleep on the couch. I did not even get to eat because I was still full from the cheese, bread and wine. (I brought some ribs to my team mates the next day and they raved about them! So I got curious the next evening and ate a rib. They were right. It was scrumptious --   juicy and tender. Okay, I know that I am singing my own praises here. I just get super-happy whenever my cooking turns out good and I get to feed my friends and loved ones. Ha! Ha!) 

Mr Sweetie woke me up so we could light the fireworks. I did not even know that he bought a firework set. They were really just Safe and Sound fireworks. Another neighbor also lit fireworks on our street as well. People came out to watch. Mr Sweetie was in charge while I sat on the porch and was happy with the kiddie sparklers.

It turned out to be a lovely day. America is very far from perfect. I would like to keep this as a positive post because we are all aware of the hatred and sadness that currently threaten the liberty of many people who call America home. I choose in my own way to promote what this country is founded on which is the belief that everyone of us is created equal. We are free and have every right to pursue happiness for ourselves and the people that we love. I choose to focus on kindness and goodness and fight bigotry and oppression. Despite everything, I  am grateful for my freedom to express my thoughts and freedom to worship.

Happy Birthday, America.



  1. It sounds like you had a nice 4th of July celebration! The ribs that you baked looks delicious!!! I wouldn't mind stealing a bone or two ;). Glad to hear them turning out perfect. I need to buy some ribs from Costco next time! I appreciate the positive vibes you've put in this post. Hope you'll have a great week.

    1. Thanks, Nancy. My hope is to continue to post positive vibes only to counteract the negative events that seem to be more prevalent nowadays. I can tell that you are a carnivore. :) The ribs at Costco are def worth trying. Have a great week ahead!

  2. Now I'm craving for ribs, Jas :( I have never tried making it because I feel like I'll be sorely disappointed? My favorite ribs are the ones where the meat falls off the bone!

    Teesh ♥ || Adventures of Cupcake Girl

    1. I have cooked ribs many times but not often. I always worry that they might come out raw and dry. So far, my ribs have been good and also fall off the bones. Whew! :) The secret is to cook them slowly and at medium heat. Give it a try! :)