Friday, July 5, 2013


Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!

We had an excellent day off. Took it easy in the morning, got some salads and ate them on the grass in Dupont Circle for lunch and finished season two of Mad Men!

After lunch, I figured that dessert was really important and made some B-Raw-Nies. Yum.

Around 4 PM, we figured it was time to start to think about our dinner/ fireworks plan and decided to pack up some food and bring it with us to picnic before the fireworks started. I have had zero motivation to walk to the grocery store lately, so we just headed across the street to the market to pick up some supplies.

I made a kale salad by slicing the kale into thin strips and massaging in some Sundried Tomato and Roasted Garlic dressing. We bought the dressing at the market, but I wish I had made my own because this didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. Still good, but a little bland.

We also made some calzones with cheese, sauce and fresh-from-the-fire-escape basil. I wasn't sure about the bake time on these guys, but it turned out to be just right. We wrapped them up in foil and napkins then packed up a bag and a blanket to head downtown.

The last time that Brian and I watched the fireworks on the mall was in 2008. We've spent the in-between years watching the fireworks from friends apartment rooftops, but I was ready to come back for an up-close view. We weren't sure exactly where we were going to sit, but then we saw some people parked on the lawn in front of the Federal Reserve building and realized that they were set up to enjoy a really nice view. We joined!


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It ended up being far better than we had even expected! The fireworks were literally in front of us and we had one of the best views. The best part was that since we weren't technically on the mall, we didn't have to wait in the long security line.

It was such great night!


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