You know why I love living in the United States of America?
I have the freedom to spend nights with friends, play sand volleyball, laughing and not worry about physical harm — other than bruised up arms.
I have the freedom to spend all day baking desserts with my sister — and never worrying about when my next meal will come. (Recipes at bottom of page.)
I have the freedom to collaborate on a great potluck dinner, enjoy and evening with friends and blow up fireworks — while never mistaking the noise for bombs or gun shots.
I have the freedom to share my life with the person I love — without being persecuted for it.
Those are the reasons, my friends, why I love the Fourth of July so much.
Think about it: How enjoyable would other holidays be if we were constantly worried about when we would eat, how safe we are and what we are allowed to say?
As I said, thank goodness for freedom!
Questions: What does “freedom” mean to you?
Recipes: I’m not super proud of these recipes, because they came in moments of desperation when I didn’t have time to bake from scratch. But, hey, don’t we all have those days where we need easy recipes?
Apple Pie Bites
- Frozen pie crust
- Can of apple pie filling
- Defrost pie crust on counter for 30 minutes. Roll dough into a ball, then roll out to 1/8″ thick. Using a thin-rimmed glass, about 3″ in diameter, cut out dough circles.
- Gently push dough circles into slots on a greased, mini-muffin tin.
- Dice apples up. Fill each slot with apples.
- Bake in 400 degree oven for 7-10 minutes, until crust is lightly browned. Cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Pre-baked cake, cooled (<< I actually made this from scratch, but I’m saving that recipe for later. Any cake will do.)
- 1 jar frosting, any flavor
- Almond bark (sorry for no exact measurement, but a package is enough!)
- Sprinkles, coconut or any toppings!
- In a large bowl, mash the cake and frosting together until combined. Roll into balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Melt almond bark. Using two spoons, roll the cake balls in the melted chocolate. Place on wax paper until chocolate hardens.
- Dip the top of the cake balls back in chocolate, then dip into a small bowl of sprinkles (or any toppings). Cool again and eat!