Happy Independence Day America

On July 4th, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Every year we celebrate this amazing moment that defined our nation as a free and independent nation. Because of this document, and everything that followed, I am able to write and maintain this blog for all of you to read. Freedom of Speech my friends is the only reason I can do this.

So, as a thank you to our ancestors who made it possible, I am going to write about my crazy antics that happen this year. (It involved a sail boat!)

Our celebration actually begins days ago. Our good friend Fernando (Yes, Fernando. Sounds fake doesn’t it? ‘Cuz it is…) has a 38 foot sail boat that Marshall and I frequently join him on. I will actually be posting quite a few posts about our adventures on the boat in the coming months. We are planning a week trip to our favorite island, Maui. A few trips to Molokai, and random jaunts around Kaneohe Bay. We love his boat, and he loves seeing us make fools out of ourselves while we try to help him. It’s win – win!

But, I diverge; Back to the story.

Marshall has decided that he is now the boats chef, seeing as how the boat has a fully working over and stove, (A fridge too!). The reason that our adventure began a couple of days before is because Marshall had planned a whole day’s menu of pupu’s and meals. Corn on the cob, burgers, a¬†crustini¬†with a mushroom something or other and corn bread with our home-grown ghost peppers. There was quite a few things all in all. It took him 3 days of cooking to put it all together.

Now, as the house husband I am the one who cleans everything. So, imagine a full clean down of the kitchen, 3 times each day. I made a cherry pie from Southern Living magazine that was awesome, but that was the only cooking I did.

On July 4th, we got to the boat a little bit early and got coffee going and if anyone wanted fruit or bagel we had that as well. When our friends showed up, we had the entire set up and ready to go. So, around 10:30, we left the harbor and set sail for the sand bar in Kaneohe Bay.

The sky was mostly clear, a nice gentle breeze and clear blue water is what awaited us once we set our anchor. Once we got set up, Marshall began making some pupu’s (Appetizers in Hawaiian) and fresh fruit for us to snack on, and Francisco and I started blowing up our party float for the six of use to relax on.

The party float does take forever to blow up, about half an hour. Once it was blown up and ready, we anchored it about 15 feet from the boat. We loaded up a floating cooler with drinks, and everyone got on board and just relaxed. I always thought those floats looked kinda stupid, until I was actually on one. It didn’t suck. It was so nice to just lay back and relax on the water like that, and just enjoy my drink!

After about an hour on the float, we returned to the boat for lunch which was homemade sweet pepper poppers wrapped in bacon, zippy cayenne dip and chips, and fresh fruit and veggies again. Alright, it doesn’t sound like a great wonderful lunch, but those poppers were addictive!

The day was lazy and easy. My friends jumped off the sail as you can see above. we also set up a rope swing to jump into the water with. Just swimming around and enjoying is all we actually did. It may not be as crazy as I might have let on to be, but it was beautiful and breath-taking out there.

At around 5pm, we headed back to the harbor for dinner and await the fireworks show in Kailua. Marshall began dinner. Burgers and home-made potato salad with mac salad as well. We ate and we ate, everyone looking like blown up dolls afterwards. Marshall did a great job with the food and all of his work paid off.

As you can see, it was a very easy and enjoyable day. No problems, just drinking and laughing. It was one of my favorite 4th of July’s ever. I love living here and having the opportunities to share with you all.

Coming soon, I am getting a floor loom next week, I still need to make Boeuf Bourguignon, and I will be making some amazing dishes!

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