Thank goodness for freedom

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
  • Cinnamon


  • 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.

Cake Balls


  • 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!

4 responses to “Thank goodness for freedom

  • Gen

    Aaaw great post!!!
    Aand, great recipes! Thanks for sharing!:D

  • Katelyn Johnson

    I love the pictures! And I hope they make it to Facebook so I can be tagged.
    The cake balls were so delicious I can wait to make them myself
    Miss you already! Next time I see you you’ll be one day away from getting married!!!!!

  • Jess

    Great post. I am OBSESSED with cake balls.

  • truepenny

    You are very lucky for all those things – especially the yummy baked goods!

    I do wish everyone in America had the right to marry the person they love though. 😦

    Happy Independence Day from a neighbour to the north.

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