Because it was the Fourth of July, there were a few things we *had* to cook
Because they are *traditions* for us!
I'm not sure how they became traditions, but I wasn't going to disappoint my girl!
One of those traditions is "bean quintet." It's really just baked beans made with five different kinds of beans. Gloria L-O-V-E-S it and requests it every year. It is good, but it makes enough for 15-18 servings, according to the recipe. Translated, that means we will eat it approximately 9 times. That's a L-O-T of baked beans, no matter how yummy they are. So, I typically freeze half of it (at least) so we can have them again for Labor Day.
Another tradition is a pan of jello decorated like a flag. I think Gloria first did this with my mom when she was 2 years old. And it has continued since then. Each year, she insists that we make it and each year she does more and more of it herself. This year, all I did was boil the water and then put the pan in the fridge. The rest was done without my help. And, each year, she gets more and more intentional in her decorating. This year, she made sure there were precisely 50 blueberries (stars) and 13 stripes on top of her red jello base.
I love the concentration in this picture...
"Did you seriously just take my picture AGAIN?!? MOM-MA!!"
Hope you and your family enjoyed your day. What did you do to celebrate our country?