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Monday, July 5, 2010

Family, Food and Fourth of July

JP and I traveled to Dunlap, Iowa to spend the Fourth of July with my in law family.  We had lots of laughs, lots of great food and lots of fun.  We even got to meet (and hold) the newest member of the family.

Dunlap is a small town that has a big Fourth of July.  The Fourth kicks off with the Boy Scouts raising the flag and a Fun Run/Walk.  There are two parades:  a kiddie parade, a "regular" parade.  The kiddie parade is always a big hit.  Kids ride decorated bikes, trikes, scooters, or just about anything with wheels!  Those not old enough to pedal on their own are pulled in wagons or strollers.  The kiddie parade goes around the block with kids trying not to crash and parents walking (or running when they get going fast enough!) along with them.  After the parades, there are activities in the park.  There are food stands, Bingo, a hot dog eating contest, kiddie games, bouncy slides, a BBQ contest and of course, visiting with family and friends.  Throughout the day, there are picnics, parties and fire cracker!  It all ends with a spectacular fire works display.  The volunteers who put this big event on every year deserve a round of applause.  The volunteer fire department deserves a standing ovation for the fireworks they set off every year.   This year was a little different, though.  


Even though the kiddie parade, the regular parade and the park activities were canceled, we still had a great time!  Grandma Ronk still had her annual picnic.  We still laughed and visited with friends and family.  Despite the rain, we had a terrific time.  I love spending the Fourth of July in Dunlap! 

My sister-in-law, Kelly, made grape salad for the picnic at Grandma Ronk's.  I don't have her recipe, but my mum made a similar recipe when I was growing up.  Enjoy~

Sour Grapes

4 c. seedless green grapes
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. brown sugar

Wash and remove the stems from the grapes.  Dry the grapes with a paper towel.  Mix the sour cream and brown sugar together.  In a medium bowl, mix the grapes and sour cream mixture together.  Refrigerate for 2 hours.  Enjoy~

Review:  This is a refreshing dessert.  The tart grapes blend well with the sweetness of the brown sugar.  This recipe is easy to transport to picnics and is great on a hot day.

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