Happy belated Fourth of July to everyone! Fireworks, friends, family, good food, and good drinks are what come to mind when I think of this summer holiday. The temperature stayed a comfortable dry 85 all throughout the weekend. We couldn’t have asked for better weather! A friend and I spent the day on Saturday gathering supplies for our trip to see fireworks on Saturday night and for our cookout on Monday. The coastal town of Hingham, MA is one of the oldest in the country and they take their Fourth festivities very seriously! They have an amazing fireworks show on a beach, with live music and a ton of food vendors. People come as early as noon to set up grilling stations and make a day of listening to live music and playing picnic games. There was even a children’s yoga class going on! As soon as it was dark enough, the fireworks went off with a view of the city of Boston lighting the background. It was so great to be able to share that with friends and family.
On Monday, we woke up earlier than should be allowed so that we could pick up our friend and head back to Hingham to watch their annual Fourth of July road race. People ranging in age from four to sixty were running in the race. We were joined by more family members which made the day even more special. A couple hours after the road race was finished they had a town parade. There were color guard demonstrations as well as marching bands from all over the south shore that came to show their skills, as well as local merchants and various town clubs. All in all it made for a super fun morning!
For the cookout, Chris made his families recipe BBQ sauce, which he used to marinate chicken breasts in for a couple hours. Our apartment clubhouse has an outdoor grill area that we were able to use today to sit and relax while Chris got the food going. We grilled a few zucchini’s, peppers, corn on the cob, portobello mushroom caps, and the chicken breasts. The weather stayed perfect with a cool breeze that blew through occasionally. After we ate, we came back to our apartment to watch a few bad movies and make some delicious drinks. We made this one from here. It was a great hit!
Here’s the recipe for the BBQ sauce. It uses simple ingredients that are probably in most kitchens already and is made in about a half hour. Remember while making this: SIMMER is the key word!
Classic BBQ sauce
2 cups Ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
- Heat the ketchup in a medium saucepan on medium to low heat until it simmers. About 5 minutes.
- Add the brown sugar and water and stir until it is melted. Don’t touch the heat! Keep this simmering for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the paprika, garlic, and chili powders. Cover and keep simmering for 10 minutes to let the flavors cook in. Taste the sauce and adjust the ingredients to taste. If it has too much of a ketchup taste, add more brown sugar. If it is too sweet, add more chili powder.
- If this is being used to marinate, let the sauce cool down before covering the chicken breasts.
I hope everyone has as much relaxing fun as we did this weekend! I would love to hear what everyone did, so leave a comment in the section below! : )
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