Hello sweet friends!
Time to celebrate the 4th. of July again and the year is running away from us like a tornado!
I can just imagine all the fun you all must be planning for it. BBQs, picnics, eating outdoors, family gatherings.
I remember all the wonderful times growing up in Astoria I had 4th. of July with family and friends.
Here in Cuenca-Ecuador there's lots going on in the restaurants to celebrate 4th. of July because of all the Americans expats that are retiring here; No1 place in the World too.
Sometimes we go out with friends because my best friend Stephanie and me are American.
Way back when I first lived here, I met some lovely American girls that were already living here because their hubbies were Ecuadorian and they welcomed me with open arms and we'd get together for picnics a few times.
We were just together the other day for a "Gringa Tea" lol!
It's what we called our teas since...hehehe
This year I will be celebrating it with mother and hubby. When my girls were small we did a lot of celebrating with BBQ and all. We lived in a big house, with lots of grounds for gardens and patio.
Happy 4th. of July to Everyone in the USA and may God Bless AMERICA.
|And I also baked a 'Best Vanilla Cake Ever'|
|Cobalt blue ceramic chargers, cute stripes and star dinner plates my DD Sofie just brought me from Florida. Red ceramic salad plates and finally red transferware JBros. teacups and saucers.|
|The table topper is my old American flag. Blue glasses and star bread plates.|
|Best Vanilla Cake. |
Recipe is at the end of this post, if you would like.
I usually make it in a loaf pan, but I wanted to decorate it so I opted for a square shaped one.
|My rustic tool box with some red, blue and white plates.|
My USA candles are sure burning every year...hahahaa...need to get new ones for next 4th.
|In the evening the candles are lit.|
|Red, white and blue star candles too. (not in that order, it seems)|
Every time I pass the buffet I get giddy looking at my new find, this gorgeous Shannon cake plate with dome. Now here celebrating the 4th. of July too.
Best Vanilla Cake
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating just until combined (do not overmix).
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour (tent with aluminum foil if browning too quickly). Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and turn upright to cool completely.
I will be joining this week:
Make it Pretty Monday www.thededicatedhouse.com
102+4th. of July Desserts http://thecottagemarket.com
Tuesdays with a Twist http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com
The Chain Linky CLIMB http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Tablescape Thursday http://betweennapsontheporch.net
What's it Wednesday http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Wake Up Wednesday http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Wednesday Blog Hop www.clairejustinexoxo.com
Villabarnes: VINTAGE INSPIRATION Party www.villabarnes.com
Wow Us Wednesday www.savvysouthernstyle.net
The (not just) www.hopeineveryseason.com