We know by now that I’m very much averse to red, white, and blue everything on the 4th. 30-something years of star-spangled birthdays have made me lean towards a more toned-down color combo for my celebrations each year. Whether there’s a gorgeous blue and white tablescape or an all-red flower explosion in my house, I do my best to still feel patriotic in my July 4th Birthday celebrations.
This year, I leaned into the blue when I found some huge and gorgeous thistle at a local florist. I decided to bake myself a cake, using the thistle as garnish… Scary, I know, but it turned out beautifully. And, to be honest, nothing makes me think of Kentucky summers more than the fear and feeling of stepping on one of these suckers while running around barefoot.
I hope your Independence Day week is a beautiful one, that your pups aren’t scared of fireworks, and that you’ll only briefly think of me turning 36.
** photo by Don Lehman **