Fun 4th of July weekend recipe
If you're in the mood for a fun patriotic sweet treat this 4th of July, we hope you will find that this little cupcakes are just what you're looking for!
My second favorite holiday is just around the corner. 4th of July is one of the happiest days in my year. I love BBQs and parades and fireworks. I love red, white, and blue. I love being American.
So today, I decided to head back into my kitchen. Today I did something that I normally would not do. I opened a box of cake mix. Guess what, my cupcakes are delicious and they scream fun. They scream 4th of July and they scream celebration. And I love them. I take my red, white and blue seriously and do not have a subtle hand with it. If I can sparkle it, give it some patriotic colors, or stick a flag into it, so help me, I am going to do it.
Remember my Flag Cake? Or my Rainbow Cupcakes? If they got married and had a baby, this is what that baby would look like.
You can also see my Flag Cake and some other fun patriotic Desserts over at thekitchn.com
The history of fireworks goes back thousands of years to China during the Han dynasty (~200 B.C.), even long before gunpowder was invented. It is believed that the first "firecrackers" were likely chunks of green bamboo, which someone may have thrown onto a fire when dry fuel ran short. The rods sizzled and blackened, and after a while, unexpectedly exploded. Bamboo grows so fast that pockets of air and sap get trapped inside of the plant's segments. When heated, the air inside of the hollow reeds expands, and eventually bursts through the side with a long bam!
The strange sound, which had never been heard before, frightened people and animals terribly. The Chinese figured that if it scared living creatures so much, it would probably scare away spirits – particularly an evil spirit called Nian, who they believed to eat crops and people. After that, it became customary for them to throw green bamboo onto a fire during the Lunar New Year in order to scare Nian and other spirits far way, thus ensuring happiness and prosperity to their people for the remainder of the year. Soon, the Chinese were using bursting bamboo for other special occasions, such as weddings, coronations, and births. The "bursting bamboo", or pao chuk as the Chinese called it, continued to be used for the next thousand or so years.
History of Fireworks :: PyroUniverse.com.
Happy Independence Day
As we celebrate our great nation’s birthday let’s not forget this quote by Abraham Lincoln, “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.