Was It July 4th Already?!?

Was It July 4th Already?!?

Was it July 4th already?!?

I cannot believe this past weekend really July 4th!

Where does time go? I feel like we were still wishing it would stop snowing…

David and I spent all three days of our July 4th weekend at home. It was much-needed, as we have been busy and on the road a lot the weekends leading up to it.

Before heading home from work on Thursday afternoon, I stopped at The Fresh Market for some fresh ground chuck and some of their Applewood Smoked Bacon. As you can see by the meat counter, I almost cleaned them out chuck.

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

I headed home. The weather was stormy and there was fog down below in the valley.

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

It was great to awaken on Friday morning at whatever time we felt like it and not have to rush out of the house. When we finally decided to get up, the first thing we did was hang out our flag in honor of the day.

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

I have been wanting to make a homemade cherry pie for some time now. Miraculously, I managed to keep cherries in the refrigerator for quite a few days without them spoiling. I either didn’t have the time during the week. I also thought I needed a cherry pitter. I didn’t have all the ingredients I needed to make the pie anyway.

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Friday morning, I made my homemade cherry pie!! I pitted the cherries using something you may have at home in a kitchen drawer (Find out what it was).

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

I even made pie crust from scratch!

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

For supper we kept with the July 4th tradition of cheeseburgers and hot dogs. I even made some home fries and made my very own ketchup! Yep, I made my own ketchup and we loved it!

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

We enjoyed fireworks from our deck after having a slice of that homemade cherry pie with ice cream on top.  Can you believe we had to put on long sleeves, long pants and slippers on to watch the fireworks?!? It was a bit chilly outside in the low 60’s. Can’t say that I ever remember a July 4th that chilly.

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

We spent Saturday on the river. I was a good day.

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

David caught a nice small mouth bass.

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

This little guy even posed for the camera during one of our stops.

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Sunday was spent doing a few chores in the morning. These chores included putting David’s grill back on the deck. We originally took it off the deck because it was burning through the supposed fire-proof mat we bought for it. David has just about worn himself out going up and down the steps and I was tired of him tracking inside. We decided who cares if we have to replace a 2×4 let’s put the grill on the deck!

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Most of the afternoon was spent relaxing, but we managed to rustle up a mean supper. Cedar plank smoked salmon, homemade macaroni and cheese, with Brussels sprouts and spinach. It was so good and we ate so much, we didn’t even have room for the pie! (Recipes to come…)

This cedar plank smoked salmon is brushed with a brown sugar, dijon mustard glaze, slowly cooked on the grill on top of a cedar grilling plank. Smokey good! | TheMountainKitchen.com

It was hard waking up to the blaring alarm clock on Monday morning, though I’m pretty sure His Royal Highness was ready to get rid of us!

Was it July 4th Already? David HRH and I spent our July 4th weekend at home on the mountain. Find out how we celebrated and what we cooked! | TheMountainKitchen.com

We hope you had a safe and Happy July 4th too!

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4 thoughts on “Was It July 4th Already?!?”

  • Sounds like our 4th’s were both filled with lots of cooking. I get so fed up with cherry pitters, I usually end up just using a paring knife to extract the pits! At least you know that you’ve actually gotten the pit, and won’t crack a tooth on it later! Love the first and last pics by the way. Patriotic and kitty, what’s not to love?

    • Thanks, Colleen. I found a cherry pitter at Walmart that did 6 at once, but they wanted $13 for it and I wasn’t interested in paying that much from something I would only use once in a blue moon. The kitty is glad to have the house back to himself! 😉

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