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Senior Moments: Holiday foods are favorite foods

Emma Edwards
Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Fourth of July falls on Thursday next week, which is the 185th day of 2019.

There are 180 days left in the year. So we are more than half-way through the year. Most of us seniors have always called it Independence Day. Now, most just call it the Fourth of July.

Over the years, many summertime activities were planned for Independence Day, including parades (such as the one Warrenton has every year) and historical pageants, baseball games, picnics and all kinds of fun things. Hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and corn on the cob seem to head the list for the average Fourth of July picnic. Oh, yes, apple pie too!

A fun exercise for you and or your grandkids is to Google the history of Independence Day. I did that and found it truly amazing to reflect on the bravery of our ancestors when, in 1776, the Continental Congress approved a Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, forming the United States of America.

We had to memorize the Declaration of Independence when I was a child. Oh, wait a minute. Maybe, that was the Gettysburg Address we had to memorize? Oh, well, somehow, both documents still give me a warm feeling when reading the words set forth those many years ago.

By the way, during a recent “googling” session, I learned that July is National Hot Dog Month.

Americans are predicted to eat over seven billion of “the infamous little red tubes of meat” between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The number of hot dogs eaten on the Fourth of July is enough to make a line from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles more than five times, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. That’s an estimated 155 million hot dogs.

One more interesting note -- and one that’s hard to believe: it’s estimated that the average American eats 60 hot dogs every year. Not me! It’s ground round or steak for me!

While on the subject of food, I purchased a little bag of chocolate-covered peanut butter Ritz Sandwiches at a recent bake sale. Oh, my! They were absolutely amazing, to say the least.

To make them, melt 2 cups of milk chocolate chips in a double boiler and, in the meantime, mix ½ cup creamy peanut butter with ¼ cup sifted powdered sugar and combine them with the chocolate.

Spread the mixture on 16 Ritz crackers and take 16 more crackers to put on top of the first 16.

The secret trick: Put the filled crackers in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then take them out and, with a small pair of tongs, dip the chilled peanut butter sandwiches into the chocolate until completely covered. Cool on a piece of parchment paper and let dry about an hour.

You will like them.

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