I hope today's post finds everyone relaxed and rested from a busy 4th of July weekend! If your weekend was like mine, it was full of exciting events and special times with friends and family.
Who did not eat hot dogs or hamburgers at least one meal this weekend? I had plenty of those!
I also had a nice seafood dinner-shrimp, flounder, and oysters on Friday night before we went to the fireworks at the beach.
The fireworks at the beach were great this year! Mr. Plant Lady and I did not get to take our walk on the strand- it was high tide and there were so many people crammed into the space that was accessible. We eventually found a spot for our chairs in the sea grass on the dunes. I picked the highest spot possible so we could get a clear view. My choice of spots worked out well-an unobstructed view of the pier.
Mr. Plant Lady mentioned something about walking over "coral snakes," which are not this far north, I'm told! This comment was overheard by a lady who stopped dead in her tracks! I had to convince her that he was just joking, but she must not have believed me because she did not continue on the trek through the sea grass!
Fireworks began and were enjoyed by the whole crowd packed on the strand and in the sea grass!
Sunday brought another celebration of our church's Centennial Anniversary. The choir did a spectacular performance of a patriotic musical and in the finale, a giant American flag magically unfurled down from the choir loft. After the musical the pastor said a few words concerning "True Freedom", that which Christ gives. Our State Representative came and presented our church with a "Certificate of Recognition" for our Centennial Anniversary that was signed by the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
The Sunday evening service was a time of fellowship with our church family and our annual Fourth of July Ice Cream Social. I made a churn of blueberry ice cream. Others made churns of peach, pineapple, vanilla, and strawberry along with assorted cakes, cookies, chips, etc.
Not being a craver of sweets, I munched on the pimento cheese and crackers, and I did eat some of the homemade peach ice cream, my favorite. I know you would have liked to share in the "goodies" we had, so I have included the recipe for the blueberry ice cream. It is very easy to make. Enjoy!
Summertime Peach Ice Cream
Southern Living Magazine (July 2002)
4 c. peeled, diced fresh peaches
1 c. sugar
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 small pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
4 cups half-and-half
Combine peaches and sugar, let stand 1 hour
Process peach mixture in a food processor or blender until smooth
Stir together evaporated milk and pudding mix in a large bowl, stir in peach puree, condensed milk, and half-and-half.
Pour mixture into freezer container of a 4-qt freezer; freeze according to instructions. Spoon into an airtight container and freeze until firmer.
* Other fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, etc. can be substituted for peaches.
Have a great day!