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Fun 4th of July Food Facts

It is estimated that over 155 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th. There is more than a 1 in 4 chance you will be eating a hot dog on the 4th.

There is a better than a 50-50 chance that baked beans and/or corn on the cob will accompany that hot dog.

Other popular go withs are potato salad and potato chips.

Watermelon is a favorite July 4th dessert.

76 million Americans will celebrate the 4th with a barbecue.

Interesting 4th of July Facts 

Specifically the 4th of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776. This is when the thirteen colonies declared their independence from England.

The adoption of the Declaration was not unanimous. New York abstained from voting, Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted no, and Delaware was divided!

In July, 1776 the population of America was 2.5 million. Today the population of America is 311,649,286.

The Liberty Bell was rung on July 8, 1776 to announce the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Colonel John Nixon read the Declaration of Independence to the public right after the Liberty Bell rang in Independence Hall.

The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same  time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it. Later that year, five more signed separately and one added his signature a later year. Thomas McKean was the last to sign in January, 1777.

The first celebration of the signing of Declaration occurred in Philadelphia in 1777. Bells rang, cannons boomed and there were bonfires and fireworks. At night, Philadelphians placed lighted candles in their windows.

The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to show that all colonies were equal.

Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

The first public 4th of July event at the White House occurred in 1804. 

The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rghts, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
From The Declaration of Independence signed  July 4, 1776.
Featured Recipe          Red White and Blue Strawberries
 Fourth of  of July Strawberries 

This is a fun and easy recipe to make. So easy even your kids can help out. 

And it is nice and colorful for the 4th of July. 

I prefer getting smaller or medium size strawberries as they have more flavor than the larger strawberries.

The large berries look more spectacular. But I prefer the extra sweetness of the smaller berries. 

If you can find berries with long stems so much the better. If you can’t, no big deal! 

This is what you will need for about 27 small-medium strawberries: 

16 ounces strawberries

2 cups of white chocolate morsels

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Some blue food coloring

Here is what you do:

Wipe the berries clean with a damp cloth.

Place a layer of wax paper on a baking sheet large enough to hold all of the berries.

For melting the morsels follow package directions regarding how much oil or shortening to use for dipping fruit. Following are the directions I followed.

In a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pot of  hot but not boiling water add the oil and the morsels.

Heat until the morsels melt and stir until melted chocolate is smooth. Turn the heat off under the chocolate.

Dip each strawberry in the melted chocolate about two-thirds of the way up.

Place on the baking sheet.

Then place the strawberries in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

When you are ready to finish the berries reheat the remaining chocolate. You may need to add a bit more oil.

Then start adding blue food coloring a few drops at a time until you get the shade of blue you like.

NOTE: I find adding the food coloring often makes the chocolate get a little hard. I just add a drop of oil as needed to keep it a good consistency for dipping.

Then dip each strawberry about one-fourth of the way up and place on the waxed paper lined baking sheet.

Place in the fridge another 30 minutes. Keep in the fridge till ready to serve.

Serve and enjoy!!!!

Bon Appetite and Happy Fourth!!!!

 Cost

16 ounces strawberries                    $2.50

2 cups white chocolate morsels         $3.20

2 tablespoons vegetable oil               $0.12

Some blue food coloring                   $0.29

Total cost = $6.11 
Cost per strawberry = $0.23

Quote of the Day 

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.   

Thomas Paine

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