Recipe For a Safe 4th of July


Hospitals and trauma centers around the nation are gearing up for an influx of injured Americans this July 4thweekend. So today I am offering a recipe for a safe Fourth. 

1. Use one big heaping spoonful of common sense around fireworks.

With the possible exception of sparklers, never let children handle fireworks. And most fire department web sites I visited said to use only legal fireworks. 

Always have a garden hose and/or a bucket of water around just in case.

Check your state and local laws regarding discharging of fireworks and follow them.

REMEMBER: Never mix alcohol and fireworks! 


2. Use 1 cup of designated chaperones around water 

Children should be supervised by at least one adult when swimming. Make sure there is at least 1 designated watcher or chaperone at all times. Statistics show that most children who drown in pools were out of the sight of an adult less than 5 minutes.

3. Use equal numbers of life preservers for each person on a boat.

4. Fold in safe food precautions when outdoors.

MTTD did an entire post on this a few weeks. You can review it by clicking the following link:   Keeping Picnic Foods Safe.

5. Season well to taste with proper clothing when outdoors.

If you will be in he woods war clothes that will keep ticks out; long sleeved shirts, long pants tucked into socks.

6. Add plenty of water to keep hydrated.

7. Be sure to rub every surface with enough sunscreen so that nothing burns.

8. Do not speed or the recipe will coming crashing down all around you.

9. Mix everything together with a liberal dose of fun and laughter and you will have a safe and enjoyable July 4th with memories to last a lifetime. 

Featured Recipe    4th of July Banana Split

Some of you may remember that for Father’s Day I shared a Watermelon Sundae. One Twitter reader who saw the recipe said she needed a sundae with chocolate ice cream.

So I thought and thought: what can I do with chocolate? And how could I use chocolate in a red, white, and blue motif.

I often make strawberries and blueberries over vanilla ice cream for the 4th. How could I expand that to include chocolate?

This is what I came up with.

Now this banana spilt is an adult banana spilt. Some children may like it. Some may not like the taste of Balsamic Vinegar on strawberries. If that is the case, make a strawberry sauce  like I did with the blueberries. Then it will be nice and sweet and kid and adult kid friendly.

I do not have  a real recipe. I just make some simple fruit sauces and pour it over ice cream scoopes. I guess at how many berries or how much banana I will need.

By the way, since you are making these sauces with real fresh fruit this counts as one of your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!!!

This is what you will need for 1 sundae:

 About 4-5 strawberries

About 2 tablespoons blueberries

About ¼ to ½ banana

Ice cream of your choice. (I used 1 scoop each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.)

Dash or so of Balsamic vinegar

Dash of pepper or to taste

1-2 squirts of lemon juice

About 2 tablespoons honey 

Here is what you do:

Wash the fruit. Remove the core of the strawberries and cut into small pieces. Place in a bowl.

Add  a dash or two of Balsamic vinegar and a dash of pepper.

Let the strawberries sit and marinate for about 30 minutes.

Place the washed blueberries in a small pot. Add a squirt of lemon juice. Using a fork smash some of the berries to get the process started.

Over very, VERY low heat, warm the berries until they start releasing their juices. When you first see bubbles boiling up take off the heat, stir, and let sit till totally and completely cooled.

When the blueberries have cooled completely, and the strawberries have released some of their juices, cut the banana into a dice and place in a bowl.

 Add some honey and gently mix to coat.

Place three scoops of ice cream on a plate. Then add the toppings in red, white, and blue order.

I placed one scoop of strawberry, one of chocolate, and one of vanilla ice cream on a plate. (This is how I worked the chocolate in. I made the  banana-honey combination up just for this one scoop.)

I topped the scoops with red (strawberries,) white (bananas,) and blue (blueberries,) to go with the 4th of July theme.

Add some crushed walnuts on top if you so desire.


I must tell you though. I have new respect for food photographers. The ice cream began melting right away. I even had my AC on extra cold today. But the ice cream still melted no matter how fast I tried to take pictures. I wonder if food photographers take pictures in large walk in freezers. How do they get the perfect picture????

Anyway, I did the best I could. But I have to admit, it took several tries. And I want you all to know what a huge..…HUGE, I am telling you ……sacrifice it was for me to have to eat several servings of this banana spilt till I got a half way decent picture.

But anything for you, my dear readers!!!!

Bon Appetite!!! 


4-5 strawberries.                            $0.36

2 tablespoons blueberries                $0.50

¼ to ½ banana                              $0.09

Ice cream of your choice                 $1.50              

Dash or so of Balsamic vinegar        $0.29

Dash of pepper or to taste              $ —

1-2 squirts of lemon juice               $0.16              

2 tablespoons honey                      $0.37

Total cost = $3.27 for each Sundae

Quote of the Day

Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips.

John Wagner


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1 comment to Recipe For a Safe 4th of July

  • I will forever be indebted to you for sacrificing yourself for these photos. If you ever need any help sacrificing I’ll raise my hand to offer assistance. These look delicious. Nice post about safety, especially around fireworks.