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July Fourth 2024

Updated: 5 days ago

Celebrate July 4th with Delicious Food and Family Fun!


Good Thyme Gal July 4th 2024

Hey there, friends! July 4th is just around the corner, and it’s time to gear up for a day filled with patriotism, fireworks, and of course, amazing food. Whether you’re planning a backyard BBQ, heading to a picnic in the park, or hosting a festive gathering at home, this Independence Day is all about creating memorable moments with family and friends. Happy July fourth!


Fire Up the Grill:



Grill

No July 4th celebration is complete without some sizzling BBQ classics hot off the grill. Fire up those charcoal or gas grills and get ready to impress your guests with juicy burgers, tender grilled chicken, and smoky sausages. Don’t forget to add a variety of grilled veggies like corn on the cob, bell peppers, and zucchini for a flavorful side dish. And hey, why not throw on some pineapple or peach halves for a sweet grilled treat?


If you need all the necessary tools for an amazing BBQ cook, or would just like to try something new this season, try the stainless steel Mibote Grilling set from Walmart. It includes tongs, spatulas, and brushes for effortless grilling. Also, try to upgrade your grilling experience with a reliable grill from Weber Charcoal Grill, known for their ease, durability, and performance.



Picnic Perfect:


Picnic

If you’re heading out for a picnic, pack a basket full of easy-to-eat goodies like sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Finger foods like deviled eggs, fruit skewers, and chips with dip are great for snacking throughout the day. Remember to bring plenty of refreshing beverages to keep everyone cool and hydrated under the summer sun.




Sweet Treats:


4th of july sweet treats

End your July 4th celebration on a sweet note with patriotic-themed desserts. Think red, white, and blue treats like berry parfaits, flag-inspired cupcakes, or a refreshing watermelon salad drizzled with lime and honey. Don’t forget the classic apple pie or star-shaped cookies decorated with icing—perfect for sharing and enjoying together as you watch the fireworks light up the night sky.


Family Fun and Games:


2 girls smiling at 4th of july party


Beyond the food, July 4th is a time for family fun and games. Organize a backyard scavenger hunt, set up a friendly game of volleyball or badminton, or simply relax with board games or a movie marathon indoors if the weather isn’t cooperating. It’s all about enjoying quality time with your loved ones and celebrating the freedom and spirit of our nation.


Reflecting on Independence July fourth:


4th of july balloon


As we celebrate July 4th, take a moment to reflect on the significance of this day—the courage and determination of those who fought for our independence and the values that continue to unite us as a nation. Let’s cherish the freedoms we enjoy and the opportunities to come together in joyous gatherings like this one.


Here is our favorite 4th of July recipes that always make the memories sweeter, Ginger Iced Tea Recipe, Summer Berry Parfait, and a Marinated watermelon and tomato salad.

Happy Independence Day!

From all of us at Good Thyme Gal, we wish you a fantastic July 4th filled with laughter, good food, and cherished moments with family and friends. May your day be as bright as the fireworks that light up the sky. Here’s to making memories that will last a lifetime. Happy Independence Day!



Ginger Iced Tea

Ginger Iced Tea Recipe


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Ingredients


Cooking Instructions

  1. In a small pot, bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from heat and add fresh ginger; steep for about 7 minutes. Strain syrup and discard ginger. Allow syrup to cool completely, about 10 minutes.

  2. In a pitcher, combine syrup and tea.

  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerater until chilled (2 hours-2 days)

  4. Fill tall glass with ice cubes. Add a scant 1 cup ginger tea to each, then top with 1/4 cup moscato.

  5. Serve with candied ginger slice on the side if desired.





Summer Berry Parfait


Summer Berry Parfait Recipe


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 quarts hulled and quartered strawberries

  • 2 Cups blueberries

  • 1 Cup raspberries

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • A pinch of salt

  •  1 1/2 Cups heavy cream

  • 3 Tablespoons Confectioner's sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



Cooking Instructions


  1. Toss 1 1/2 quarts hulled and quartered strawberries, 2 Cups blueberries, 1 Cup raspberries. 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.

  2. Let sit, stirring occasionally, until berries are juicy, 20-30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whip 1 1/2 Cups heavy cream, 3 Tablespoons Confectioner's sugar, and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract in a large bowl until soft peaks form.

  4. Layer the cream and berries in an 8 oz. Jars or parfait cups, divivded evenly.







Marinated Watermelon and tomato salad

Marinated Watermelon and Tomato Salad Recipe


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Ingredients

  • 1 small 5 lb watermelon, cubed

  • 3 Limes

  • 1 1/2 lb Tomatoes

  • 1/2 small Red onion, sliced

  • 1/2 Cup fresh Basil, Torn

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil

  • 3/4 teaspoons salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Cooking directions

  1. Combine 10 cups cubed watermelon and 1/4 cup lime juice in a large bowl. Let sit, stiriing occasinally, at room temperature for 15 minutes. (The watermelon will absorb the lime juice as it sits)

  2. Add 1 1/2 lb chopped tomatoes, 1/2 sliced small red onion, 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper.

  3. Toss to combine.

  4. Chill 10-45 minutes before serving







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