Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Birthday America; here's to great nights with great friends. 

It's the day for flag t-shirts and barbecuing.  But of course, I'm living dorm style, so that means any flame larger than a candle is simply off limits.  That didn't stop the RAs of Lafayette from having our own Fourth of July Feast though!  No burgers or hotdogs for us.  For the carnivores chicken, shrimp, and salmon could be had, while the vegetarians ate fruit salad, pasta, fried cauliflower with long-grain rice and much much more.  Dessert didn't disappoint either.  We ate brownie cookie dough sandwiches, apple pie cookies, and watermelon cake.
So Much Food!
Just like every holiday, I had to make speciality cupcakes for the 4th too.  They resemble hot coals for our can't be bbq.  If you'd like to make them too, here's what you'll need for this super sweet summer treat.  
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Black food coloring
  • 2 tbsp orange sprinkles
  • Crushed up Oreos
  • 1 tbsp confectionary sugar 
After you've made your dozen cupcakes, attach the marshmallows with some vanilla frostong. Place them in freezer for 10 minutes to let the icing set.  

Tint the remaining frosting gray with black food coloring. Microwave the icing in a bowl, stopping to stir frequently, until it's the consistancy of lightly whipped cream.  
Holding the cupcake by its paper bottom, dip each into  the gray frosting holding it by the paper liner.  Be sure to allow the excess frosting to drip off back into the bowl.  Turn right side up.  While the frosting is still wet add your orange sprinkles, crushed cookies and confectionary sugar. 

Repeat with remaining cupcakes.  If the frosting becomes too thick, reheat for several seconds.

Just because we were in the City doesn't mean we were without a firework show.  Around 9pm, (after our absolutely amazing feast) we made our way to the Penthouse to watch the shows.  
It wouldn't be a college party without Jello Shots 

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