July Celebrations

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I hope everyone in the States enjoyed their 4th of July weekend, and that Americans around the world found a way to do their own little celebration.

Me? I have awesome in-laws who decided to do a 4th of July dinner, arranged by my mother-in-law. It was nothing too fancy (no fireworks or color-themed decorations), but it was still nice to have a touch of “home” here. The chilly temps right now aren’t conducive to barbecuing outside, so we had ourselves an indoor feast.

Between ribs, prawns, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, and roasted veggies, it left us all stuffed.

OK, maybe there was just a little bit of color theme…

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Check out the spread (I especially love the corn prettily wrapped up in its husk)…

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And these are the desserts that I contributed – chocolate tarts (from David Lebowitz) and strawberry tarts with pastry cream.

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Moving on…today (July 7) is Tanabata, or the Star Festival, in Japan. You can read a little more about it here, but a favorite part of this holiday is the tradition of writing one’s wishes on a piece of paper (usually origami), and hanging it on a bamboo branch or tree.

Since I have neither bamboo nor origami (have I ever?), I’ll do the actions in spirit, and make my wishes in my head!

Happy Tanabata!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Amelia Felix says:

    Looks fantastic and glad to hear that you had at least a little of your home country in South Africa – I love the corn on the cob in their jackets as well that must be a new thing – love reading your articles. bjinhos tia Mela

    1. YokoLily says:

      Thanks, tia. Aurora actually did the corn – a great idea she found looking up 4th of July recipes!

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