5th of July = Recovering

Fireworks

July 3rd and 4th were dangerous. Not in terms of crime or scary illegal fireworks, but for my waistline.

I was lucky to get an amazing view of Chicago’s 3rd of July fireworks display from my sister’s in-laws new 37th floor condo. But of course the view came with delicious treats and drinks, not the least of which were the dozen mini cupcakes I picked up from More on my walk there.

But my favorite dessert was a flag sugar cookie decorated with cream cheese icing and fresh strawberries and blueberries made by a very pregnant Emily (that’s her husband saluting her).

Emily's Flag Cake

Of course there was still the 4th to look forward to. The nasty rainy weather began just after I returned from the farmer’s market with my bag full of goodies. So I spent the afternoon making a scrumptious cherry crumble and fava bean egg salad (recipes will be posted this week).

Pat working the grill Lots of food!

Luckily, the rain cleared up just after I arrived at a friend’s house so we were able to go ahead with the rooftop BBQ as planned (Pat, one of the hosts is manning the grill), surrounded by mounds of food. All of it fantastic.

Plate of food (not mine, too healthy) Dessert plate

Highlights:

- Hotdogs, hamburgers and a lone black bean burger

- Chicken kabobs

- Caprese salad

- Salad and mixed fruit

- Fava bean egg salad

- Guacamole

- Two types of homemade salsa!

- Desserts: gooey chocolate cake, lemon cake and cherry crumble

Cherry Crumble Lemon Cake Gooey Chocolate Cake

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