Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day

Today is Independence Day in the United States.

 We say "three cheers for the red, white and blue" in our country.  So today, in honor of our "4th of July" I present the colors of the United States:
Sumac, Vestal Rail Trail

Yucca, Ithaca, New York

Cayuga Lake, near Ithaca, New York

And blue.

We tend to like quiet Fourth's, and will wish our country happy birthday tonight, when we watch fireworks on television.
Sunset, July 3
But last night, we watched a minor league baseball game, and enjoyed fireworks after.

If you live in the United States, may you have a safe and happy Independence Day.  In honor of the holiday, I will treat you to my very first July 4 post - July 4, 2009.

Baseball, Golden Knights and 4th of July Raspberry Smoothies

An interesting, mostly peaceful 3rd and 4th of July.

The weather has finally decided to cooperate - sun finally coming out, cool for July, breezy, almost perfect.

Last night we went to the B-Mets (Binghamton Mets, AA Mets affiliate) game. The B-Mets are not playing well right now but the draws were the Golden Knights (U.S. Army) parachute team (who are also performing at the Binghamton airshow this week), a flyover and fireworks after the game. The stadium must have been half empty but those who were there had a treat as first one, and then five more, parachuters, aimed themselves at the stadium. At one point, two parachuters joined up, with one standing on the other's shoulders. What a wonderful view we had and I could kick myself for not bringing my camera.

The game itself was anticlimactic, with the B-Mets held scoreless through 8 innings. In the 9th inning they rallied and scored 3 runs-way too late. The fireworks were nice though, and will be serving as our fourth of July fireworks. A bit different than last year where we had our Fourth of July fireworks (not really, but they were on July 4th) in Saint John, New Brunswick...but that's a different story for a different posting.

This morning we decided to pick raspberries at a U-Pick farm. The route to the farm intersected with the traffic going to the air show. Luckily we had decided to go early because an hour later, it would have been impossible to get there. The berries were in good condition, considering all the rain we've gotten recently. We got our picking done before the air show started, and left as the Golden Knights did their opening parachute drop.

So we have a lot of raspberries now, which we need to process soon - they spoil very quickly. We'll make raspberry vinegar and probably raspberry liquor...and raspberry smoothies.

Here's a nice Raspberry Smoothie Recipe, courtesy of ingredients I had on hand.

3/4 c fresh raspberries
3/4 c SO Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk
1/4 c non fat milk
(bananas would have gone good in this, except I can't eat them.)

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend. Drink.

That's it!

May you all have a wonderful 4th.


  1. Today is the day I made my red, white, and blue cheesecake. To celebrate July 4th- and my son's birthday.
    Loved the red and white flowers...

    1. One of my co workers was born on the 4th of July, too. What a wonderful day to be born on. Enjoy your cheesecake and happy birthday to your son.

  2. haha... love the easy peasy recipe :)

    And rasberry vinegar?? Wow.. my taste buds are already on high alert imagining the tanginess and tartness in that!

    1. The raspberry vinegar is wonderful on salads. Perhaps I should post that recipe one day.

  3. Morning and Happy 4th.Beautiful images.

    1. Thank you for visiting, and Happy 4th. Hope you can find some watermelons that still have seeds. An old fashioned delight now nearly extinct.

  4. Happy Independence day. The photos were lovely as always.

  5. Lovely post. Spent many weekend in Ithaca when my daughter was at Cornell. The place is gorgeous and love the gorges. Happy 4th, Beth

  6. Happy Independence day .. and recipe is quite simple.

  7. Nothing quite like a minor league baseball game...


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