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Mrs. FC whipped up this Mud Pie for our Independence Day desert. Her brother Paul and his family came up for our annual pyrotechnic near disaster and feed. This year, instead of barbequeing the ribs of some poor hapless pig, we went out to the Cedar Key Independence Day celebration to eat...more on that tomorrow.
After Cedar Key, we came back to the house for our annual fireworks show. There was some competing fireworks from a distant neighbor, but it paled in comparison to our show of rockets and mortars. We are especially careful after the "mortar shot heard round the world" of a few years ago. On that 4th, my nephew dropped the mortar shell into the tube upside down, unbeknownst to the "supervising adults" (that would be me and my brother in law) . Oops. The extremely powerful charge that propels the showy explosive up to proper altitude was confined in the tube and there was a spectacular double explosion at ground level right in front of the adoring crowd.
Pretty impressive...I have it on video and it looks like one of those old Bikini atoll newsreels.
Tonight's show was pretty amazing with only one ground level explosion and that was just a bottle rocket that Jr. jammed into the ground so firmly that it could not break free.
I don't know where my brother in law Paul found this year's mortar, but it was incredible. We saved it for the finale after a succession of tamer, legaler sparkle showers, smoke bombs, and flashy smoky explosives. We only shot about 4 mortars due to their incredible altitude and professional showy sky bursts. Even way out here, we were afraid they might draw the attention of the constabulary.
After the show, we all came inside for the mud pie you see in the top picture.
Sweet ending to a nice day of family, fun, and fireworks...
...and no flashburns.
UPDATE: THIS WAS POSTED JULY 4TH LATE, BUT DUE TO RECIPE REQUESTS, I'M MOVING IT UP TO THE TOP OF THE POSTINGS FOR JULY 5TH.
MRS. FC IS AT WORK, BUT THIS IS A SIMPLE RECIPE AND I KNOW HOW SHE MAKES IT.
YOU NEED THESE 5 ITEMS:
CHOCOLATE CREME FILLED OREOS
GOOD COFFEE ICE CREAM SET OUT TO SOFTEN
1) PLACE OREOS IN CHOPPER/FOOD PROCESSOR THINGIE. CHOP 'EM INTO CRUMBLES. LINE YOUR PIE DISH WITH THE CRUSHED OREOS, THIS IS YOUR CRUST.
2) SPOON IN SOFTENED COFFEE ICE CREAM ONTO THE CRUST TO FILL THE PIE.
3) COVER TOP OF ICE CREAM WITH A LAYER OF THE FUDGE SAUCE.
4) SPRINKLE WITH THE SLICED ALMONDS.
5) COVER WITH FOIL AND RETURN TO FREEZER TO ALLOW PIE TO REFREEZE AND FIRM UP.
6) AFTER PIE IS NICE AND FIRM, SERVE WITH WHIPPED TOPPING.
IT'S THAT EASY.