Favorite Tradition #3: Summer Night Sky and Fireworks!
Fourth of July is tomorrow! I spent the entire week at home and loved every minute with my family. They actually came back with me to my new home, so I’m excited to get to spend the holiday with them and the hubs! But….we have no idea how we are going to celebrate. Living in a new area, I’m not sure what’s going on around here….all I know for sure is that we need to find fireworks for the evening! What are your Fourth of July plans?
One of my favorite things we did growing up was pile into the mini van (that’s right!), drive to the stadium in our little west texas town, and anticipate FIREWORKS! Because we were not at all a sports type of family, we would wait until the baseball game was almost over. When we got there my sister and I would jump out and sit on top of the van and wait with 40 other cars until the fireworks started. I love fireworks, I think they are amazing. And they get cooler every year! I’m fascinated by the science of it, how the chemicals work together to make such perfect, beautifully orchestrated explosion!
Other years, when I couldn’t make it home to see my family, I loved going out with my closest friends and finding an epic rooftop that we could sneak on to. We would sit up there and be able to see multiple fireworks shows going off at the same time! No matter how I celebrate each year, the best part about this holiday is sitting under the summer night sky with those closest to me and just bonding with them. No tv, no phones, just us and our conversations. Sitting under the warm sky, joyfully anticipating what’s to come. There’s nothing like it!
While you’re waiting for those fireworks, you and your guests can enjoy some Fourth of July Ice Cream! It’s amazing on it’s own, but I highly recommend cones and sprinkles. 😉
2 Tbsp Honey
1 pkt Stevia
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 C Unsweetened Almond Milk
Dash of salt
Blend all ingredients in a blender. I personally LOVE my Ninja! Once blended, put it all in a container and then freeze for about 3 hours. When you remove it from the freezer, it might have an icy look to it. To make it more of an ice cream texture, just put it back in the blender for a second! Then scoop out into ice cream cones or a bowl, add sprinkles!
Red Ice Cream:
Using the vanilla ice cream recipe, simply add 1/2 Cup of raspberries when you initially blend it. Follow the same freezing and post-freeze blending procedure.
Blue Ice Cream:
Same thing! Use the vanilla ice cream recipe, adding 1/2 Cup of blueberries.
The vanilla ice cream recipe goes for about 420 Calories total and makes about 2 large servings.