|Right above us, lit up by neighbors|
Nowadays, I like it more for the family time. While most kids my age are throwing boozy blowouts or going to Havasu with their friends, I look forward to going over to my grandparents for a quiet outdoor sit-down. Which means I am probably growing old at an alarming rate, but I love it nonetheless.
|Isn't Mr. Mochi so cute?! I am a bit biased|
My mother, who I will never really get along with, has plenty of faults I love pointing out almost as often as my own. Especially as a teenager, I used to bemoan the excess she went to for every holiday. Even my dad would grumble that perhaps we didn't need 3 turkeys and a ham, as well as 4 different types of stuffing for Thanksgiving. After all, we only usually have around 10 people eating. (You do the math... that's roughly a third of a whole ham or giant turkey per person)
Until I experienced Thanksgiving Armageddon. One time my mom didn't host Thanksgiving at her house and we went to a relative's house. Due to traffic, my boyfriend and I arrived literally only 10-15 minutes late for when we were supposed to arrive.
No stuffing. No ham. No corn. No red meat. No gravy. All gone.
Literally there was maybe half a turkey breast left and a heaping tablespoon of mashed potato, which I promptly spooned up and ate before Mr. Mochi could call dibs. The kicker: my mom, dad, and brother hadn't even arrived yet. There just wasn't enough food.
|I am in love|
My grandpa, who has Parkinson's, can no longer shoot off the fireworks, but it is just as well because Mr. Mochi loves it with a fiery passion. Never having the opportunity to do so as a kid, he is giddy as he prances around lighting them up.
|Pyros at work: Mr. Mochi and my brother|
It was a pretty fun Fourth, despite my awesomely bad looking jello. To boot, I have enough leftovers to be set on lunches for a week.
Fourth of July Layered Jello
1 3 ounce box of both red and blue jello
2 pouches of Knox unflavored gelatin
1 can of condensed milk
Colored layer: Mix the blue jello box with 1/2 cup boiling water to dissolve. Add in 1/2 cup cold water. In another bowl, prepare the red jello the same way.
Milk Layer: In a separate bowl, mix the condensed milk with two packets of knox unflavored gelatin and 3 cups boiling water.
To assemble: Make all the layer mixtures at the same time, so they can cool to room temperature so you don't melt the different layers. Divide the milk layer into three portions. Pour the the first portion into a 9x13" baking dish and refrigerate, making sure the pan is level, for about 20-30 minutes until firm. Pour the blue layer carefully over the milk layer, then return to the fridge for another 20-30 minutes. Repeat with the milk, red, and final milk layer. Refrigerate overnight before slicing.
What Miss Mochi did wrong:
|>.< I am so bad|
Note: My mother snapped the photos of the boys, as well as the firework.