Spoiler alert: this is the extent of our fireworks for 2011
On the fourth of July this year, Hops and I met up with an old friend, Renee and a new friend, Morgan and Morgan's husband at Koka Booth for the NC Symphony and fireworks. We all brought food and drinks and planned on spending 4-5 hours at the amphitheater. We had also planned on meeting some other friends there, but they decided to stay home because of the storm headed our way. Turns out, they knew what they were talking about. Three minutes before the symphony was supposed to start playing, a crazy summer thunderstorm blew through bringing lightning, thunder, winds and rain. It was insane! All of those people there to hear the symphony and see fireworks, running to get under the covered area of the pavilion before the rain started pouring down. Not everyone made it but thankfully, we didn't get wet. The bad news - we didn't get to hear the symphony or see fireworks. The good news was we ate before the storm came through.
We enjoyed mini sandwiches, pasta salad, wings, fruit and baked beans. I took no pictures like a good blogger should.... Even with no pictures, there was no doubting we had enough food. We also had dessert. I had stumbled upon a recipe I used blog post about 4th of July foods. Oh, yes please. There were so many goodies in this list, it was hard to decide what to make. I ended up making something that was super easy and that would transported well.
I forgot all about blogging about them until I was telling a friend of mine about them and she asked me for the recipe. Since she follows this blog, I figured I might as well make them again (hardship, yes) and post the recipe here. In following my "I won't repost other bloggers' recipes" stand, I will only link you to the recipe I used.
I wanted to mention a few things, though. This is so super simple: graham cracker crumbs and melted butter with brownies baked up on top. Once the brownies are done, marshmallows are added (I used regular marshmallows) and broiled until toasty. The recipe on How Sweet It Is has you using a stick and a half of butter for the graham cracker crust. I used that the first time, but I found it really just drowned the graham cracker crumbs. I used less this time, but I also used less crumbs. I think a good mix would be 1/2 stick butter to 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs.
Yes, it tasted as good, if not better, than it looks.
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