Saturday, July 4, 2009

Pig Out on the 4th!

Despite the kind of rainy/gloomy weather that descended upon us, we had a really fun 4th of July. We pretty much just stayed inside and ate all day!

I turned to my fabulous blogfriend Cathy from Noble Pig for some fun 4th recipes--and, as usual, she didn't disappoint.

But before I get to that, here are a couple pics of the kids decked out in their patriotic get-ups:

Pickle and Gooser on the stairs:
Group shot:
Close-up of Miss Pickle:
So first up, we made Cathy's contest-winning peach margaritas. I can't even begin to explain how good they were! Do yourselves a favor and make them. Like right now!
They were so good in fact that we made them twice--once earlier in the day and again later after the fireworks...

Then for a midday snack, I went with the Reuben dip from Noble Pig. Totally delicious! By the way, Cathy's pictures are a million times better than mine--I was so hungry it's a wonder I managed to take any pics--the quality is not so great...

Then it was onto chili dogs
and sliders...
I told you it was a pig-out! A NOBLE pig-out! Get it!? Recently, I've pretty much cut out red meat from our diets--except for special occasions--and I considered the 4th a special occasion so we really got our beef on!

Then onto dessert--again from Noble Pig--the brilliantly brilliant Pop Rocks cupcakes.

What kid wouldn't totally love these??
I will admit that I went "off recipe" and just used a yellow cake mix which turned out great--but I'm sure they'd be even better with the homemade version.
I think those raspberries and blueberries were the only healthy thing we ate all day...unless the peaches in the margaritas count too? Do you like my rabbit plates?

Also, Teddy and Patrick got a bee in their bonnet to make a red velvet cake (I have no idea where this came from) so they made one all by themselves and they did an amazing job!

Here's Teddy with his masterpiece:
And here's a nice pic he took of the inside:
After the feeding frenzy, it was time for Don to take the four boys to the fireworks show (the rain finally cleared up!) and for me to put Pickle to bed. Then I settled in to watch my absolute favorite movie--Rosemary's Baby. This has become my new tradition on the 4th of July!

Wow--I love that movie. I want to be a Minnie Castevet type (minus all the devil stuff!) when I'm old! I love her wacky style and her crazy get-ups.
So that's it! We're just finishing up the last of the margaritas...

I'll leave you with frosting-face Pickle!
Would it be creepy if I watched Rosemary's Baby again? Don says yes it would. Maybe I'll wait until tomorrow... Maybe I won't...



Becky said...

My kids would ADORE those pop rock cupcakes. I just may have to try them!

And the peach 8am on a Sunday too early to try. Oh man....YUM!

I made red velvet cupcakes on the 3rd...I never had before. It really doesn't taste that different...but man...IT IS RED! The batter stained the countertop, lol!

Allison said...

Looks like y'all had a ton of fun even though you were stuck inside. The food looked delicious!

Susie said...

Look like a GREAT 4th of July!

noble pig said...

Jen...OMG, if I knew I would have come over and cooked them all for you...Wow...I am mesmerized here! Glad you oved them and I Teddy did a bang up job on that cake. That is truly impressive!

I love that movie it.

Kelly said...

We pig out every 4th fact, I am counting down the minutes until it will be an acceptable time to break out the leftover guac!!

I have never seen "Rosemary's Baby". Why is it a 4th of July tradition?

Jen said...

what a great holiday.

Rebecca Jo said...

Look at your boys knocking out an amazing red velvet cake!!! Good job!!!

All the yumminess looks great! Fun red, white & blue!

Mimi said...

It looks like you had an amazing day. Pop Rock cupcakes, how ingenious!

CaraBee said...

That sounds like my kind of day. Food, food and more food!

Anonymous said...

A rainy 4th is always a bummer, but I'm glad you had fun anyway. But it's just MEAN to post pictures of peach margaritas, chili dogs, and sliders when there is a PREGNANT LADY reading your blog. Sigh. Soon I will rejoin the world of food and drink, and it will be such a joyous reunion.

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Auds at Barking Mad said...

We made the sliders from Noble Pig too! I have so much fun making stuff from Cathy's site, but the sliders were exactly as I remember the originals from White Castle, tasting. I was going to make the pop rock cupcakes too but needed to do something with the tons and tons of strawberries I had in the fridge.

I love Rosemary's Baby too! I think I watch it about 4 or 5 times a year. It's replaced The Exorcist as one of my favs!

Putting the FUN in DysFUNctional said...

I'm totally coming to your next 4th of July celebration! All those recipes sound amazing.