Happy Independence Day!

Today we’re celebrating with our church at the annual picnic and then may or may not watch fireworks afterward. Fireworks and small children don’t often mix well — the late bed time, the loud noises first from the gunpowder explosions and then from the crying children . . . it’s easy to say, ‘maybe *next* year we’ll see the fireworks’! πŸ˜‰

We’re keeping our grilling simple this year — brats and turkey dogs — for a side dish I’m taking a veggie tray with store bought hummus and for dessert chocolate cake and blueberry rhubarb cobbler. After all, dessert has two ‘s’es because everyone wants two! πŸ˜›


Blueberry Rhubarb Cobbler (Red, White, and Blue Cobbler)

Fruit layer:
8-10 stalks rhubarb, cleaned and chopped
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2-3 c. blueberry, fresh or frozen
1/4 c. cold water
2 Tbsp. corn starch

2 c. flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. butter

Place the rhubarb, sugar and lemon juice in a pan on medium heat. Cook until juicy and bright colored. Add blueberries and bring to a boil. Stir together water and corn starch and add to fruit mixture, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat & pour fruit into 9 x 13 pan.

Stir together dry ingredients for biscuits. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add enough milk to make it clump together in a ball but not enough to make it sticky and wet. Drop biscuit dough on top of fruit.

Bake at 350 F for 20-30 min until top is cooked through. Especially good served warm with vanilla ice cream!

4 Responses

  1. Mmmm…patriotic, fruity, warm, and sweet….sort of like my last post. Gotta love the 4th…even if only for the food! And your post reminds me, I still gotta try rhubarb!

  2. I was surprised when someone asked my if Sarah was scared by the fireworks. I think she’s been conditioned by our reenactments. She’s been hearing cannons and musketfire since she was in the womb!

    Wednesday evening she was sitting on a blanket looking at a book, looking up at the lightshow only occasionally, and saying “boom” whenever something loud went off. : )

  3. Anuhea — Does rhubarb grow in Hawaii? You’ll definitely find some in the farmer’s markets when you get to California — try it!! πŸ˜‰

    MN — Unfortunately our kids are not desensitized to noise (you’d think all their talking would numb them! πŸ˜› ) One year I vividly recall sitting on a blanket with a kid who screamed for the entire 45 min – 1 hr of the show . . . we kept thinking ‘she’s got to stop *some time*!’ It was a memorable experience . . . I’m sure the people near us remember too!

  4. It all sounds lovely. That’s funny you mention children and loud fireworks. My niece is all but deaf so you would think July 4th wouldn’t bug her but the noises are extra scary because she can actually hear them.Weird, huh?

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