Fireworks and Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Happy July 5th! The 4th of July is great, but July 5th is when you get to tell everyone who wasn’t at your July 4th party what they missed. So here is a roundup of my 4th of July weekend.

The 4th of July is never complete with out fireworks! For the first part of the long weekend, I was in Virginia with my girlfriend’s family where there were plenty of fireworks and great food.

I made the Red, White and Blue, Macaroni and cheese as my contribution to the meal. After eating, it was time for fireworks.

As the sun went down, the lightning bugs came out! Which of course means you have to catch a few and let them fly away!

Finally it was dark enough for the fireworks show to begin! Here is a picture summary of the show!

I had an assignment to shoot on the 3rd, so I returned to Charlotte for the rest of the weekend. On July 4th, I continued celebrating, but without the fireworks. Instead it was just a lot of great food! My Mom made burgers and I brought a few side dishes. One was this delicious Cucumber Salad that I saw on Saveur.


It only requires a few ingredients and almost no time to create!

You will need

From Saveur

1 cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup sugar
1½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
2 English seedless cucumbers
4 shallots, thinly-sliced crosswise
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Wash the cucumbers. Using a vegetable peeler, peel off 1 in  strips of the cucumber in an alternating pattern, leaving some skin still on the cucumber. Cut cucumber into discs and put into a bowl with shallots. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Pour over cucumbers and shallots. Chill before serving.
For dessert, I decided to use up the remaining peanut butter banana ice cream that I had made the previous Friday for National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day!
Instead of cookies for the sandwich, I used chocolate graham crackers! Let the ice cream soften a little and use a knife to spread it between two graham crackers. Put sandwiches immediately back into the freezer. Once they have set up, enjoy!
I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great 4th of July!
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  1. Jayne says

    Taylor, I enjoyed meeting you after hearing so many great reviews. Can’t believe I missed the whole fireworks show but loved seeing all your pictures here! Thanks!!


  2. Ellen says

    What a perfectly perfect 4th of July celebration!! Thanks for sharing it with us! Also, you have accomplished your goal: the beautiful ice cream sandwiches are definitely making me hungry!

  3. Cathy says

    I just bought choc graham crackers over the weekend, thanks for giving me a great idea for a new ice cream sandwich, i only wish i don’t visit your site so late, my mouth is watering and my stomach is screaming for some ice cream now LOL

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