July 4th

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July 4th is a special time to celebrate. I’m not sure why all American holidays turn into 3-day weekends (well I guess I do understand that!) and barbecues but since I enjoy both, who’s complaining? For those of us who live in the United States, there’s a lot to be grateful for and for those of us who don’t, even with all its problems, the United States is still our good friend. So light up the grill, raise your glasses and let’s have a toast to our grand old flag.

Barbecued Ribs

These ribs don’t actually go on the barbecue but they are so easy (and delicious) and they fit perfectly with the spirit of the day. Serve with some potato salad and coleslaw and this patriotic cake for dessert!

Enough ribs for each person to have two
Sliced onions to Cover
Char-B-Que barbecue sauce to cover
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place ribs in a large baking pan (or two depending on the size of your family). Top with sliced onions. Cover with foil and bake for 2 hours. Remove onions and drain fat from pan. Cover for with barbecue sauce and return, uncovered, to the oven. Bake for another hour.

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American Flag Cake

1 (18.25 ounce) package Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
1 (8 ounce) container vanilla icing
1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained
2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced (raspberries can also work; don’t slice)
Directions
1. Prepare cake according to package directions and bake in a 9×13 inch pan. Cool completely.
2. Frost cake. Place blueberries in a square in the corner, and arrange sliced strawberries as stripes to make an American flag. Chill until serving.

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