Firecraker & Gratitude

In honor of the 4th of July, I thought I’d list some of the things I’m grateful for and celebrating by using the word:


No actual firecrackers will be launched by me today.  That was my past life.

F is for Freedom. Words cannot express my gratitude toward the men and women who have served our country in the past, present and future; who have fought to defend our country and our freedoms.  Thank you for doing what you do; for giving your lives in service to others, to our country, to your fellow Americans.  Freedom, and having it, is at the core and root of life as we know it and I encourage everyone to take a step back from the red, white, and blue food today and give gratitude for our freedom and remember those who fight for it.


I is for Ice Cream.  Vegan Vanilla Avocado Banana “Ice Cream”

And no, it doesn’t taste healthy.  It tastes far superior to and richer than real ice cream.  I wouldn’t lie to you about dessert.  Ever. Many people have written to say they’ve made it and agree with my assessment. 

R is for Respect. Have some.  For yourself, others, the planet, and for things greater than you.  Give respect and you shall receive it.

E is for Everything in Moderation. Including Desserts. What is the point of working out, of making healthy lifestyle choices overall, if you can’t have items you really enjoy, every now and then, in moderation.

Whether it’s buying a few new dishes, a fluffy camera strap, or a Fudgy Nutella Brownie with Cream Cheese Frosting, I think living life with a moderate attitude is a beautiful thing.

C is for Caring. Please care about yourself.  Care about others.  Care about a cause.  Care about the world around you, care about children, the environment, the state of the world, the state of your messy kitchen, just care about something.  Apathy is so unappealing.

R is for Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate

The easiest thing to make.  All of 1 minute and hardly any dishes. Bonus.

A is for Always Living with a sense of gratitude, purpose, compassion, and kindness.

Give a big hug and kiss to your loved ones and always show and tell them how much they mean to you.

Picture from the Taste of Adams Avenue last weekend.  We had so much fun!

C is for Cheesy Taco Casserole

Scott was really grateful for this meal.

K is for Ketchup & Mustard Lover’s Protein & Veggie Mash

A healthy dose of ketchup & mustard and make beans, taters, and veggies come alive in a one-pot, 20 minute, complete meal.  I am always grateful for condiments, sauces, dips, and dressings.

E is for Everything Will Work Out. And in 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 1 year you probably won’t remember what you were even stressing about, fighting with your friend/partner/spouse about, worried about, or had your undies in a bundle about.  You won’t even likely remember what you’re upset about or what you’re worried about Everything will be fine.

R is for reminding you about my Sticky Giveaway and to enter because it ends on Tuesday.

So there you have it: F I R E C R A C K E R

From my previous few posts, most of you seem to have pesky mosquitoes and bugs to deal with.  So sorry for the slap and swatfest.

And I am glad my Console Yourself treats looked good to you!


1. What are you doing to celebrate the 4ht of July?  or Canada Day Weekend?  Or if neither, how has your weekend been?

I’ve been really, insanely busy.  And have been doing lots of work.  Like hard, physical work, manual labor.  Wasn’t planning on a worker bee kind of weekend but it has turned out that way.

We may go out to fireworks, or we may just watch them from our balconies because we can see at least 4 shows without leaving home.  <– Which sounds great to me, actually.

We watched them from our balcony last year.  No crowds, no parking hassles, no crabby and overstimulated kids (other people’s!) to deal with.

Mine is always an angel.  Kidding. But I do think we’ll probably just watch the fireworks from home.

2. Pick a letter and tell me something about that letter that you’re grateful for or celebrating.

I am also going to pick the letter R

R is for Really Good weather. That always makes me happy!

And this red plant + blue vase = nature got festive today

Last reminder for the Sticky Giveaway.  Winner announced Tuesday.

Happy 4th of July!

37 comments on “Firecraker & Gratitude”

  1. This was such a great post and a great reminder to take a step back and see the positive things in this world.

    I’ll choose F for fun! Sometimes, you just gotta have fun. Especially when it seems like the last thing you’ll be able to do.

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