Red White & Blueberry Pie

I’m sure the 4th of July in our town is just like every other small town in the good old USA. We traditionally have a big backyard blowout with family and friends. The kiddos are in and out of the pool hundreds of times, the guys are playing horseshoes, and the hubbs is cooking burgers on the grill. When it starts to get dark we make smores around the fire pit and the guys break out their bags of fireworks. Yup! Fireworks! I know fireworks aren’t legal in most city limits but they are here. It’s one of the many reasons we love this town. July 4th is bigger than Christmas at my house. My grown sons and hubby turn into overgrown kids when it gets dark enough to do fireworks, and, since we live on 2 acres there is a lot of room for our friends and family join in the fun as well. For several hours the night sky is filled with non stop star bursts and explosions as far as you can see. July 4th in Mustang America. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

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The Easiest Margarita On The Rocks

The Easiest Margarita On The Rocks

Margaritas are my favorite cocktail. I’ve had margaritas in Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Hawaii, and at least 10 states in the lower 48.  Although I prefer a “margarita on the rocks”,  the truth is, I have never met a margarita that I didn’t like!

The origin of the invention of “the first Margarita” is unclear. The claims run the gammet from a restaurant owner near Tijuana Mexico who claims to have created this cocktail in 1938 for a customer who was allergic to many spirits but not tequila, to a bartender at Tommy’s Place Bar near Juarez who mixed the cocktail on July 4th, 1942. He later left bar tending in Mexico and became a US citizen with a 25 year career as a milkman!  Of course there are many more “invention” stories from the late 40’s but all of those claims come after Jose Cuervo began running an ad campaign in 1945 with the slogan ” Margarita: It’s more than a girls name”. Yes, yes it is!  Well, whoever invented the Margarita has my unending gratitude!

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