The Fourth of July has always been about spending times with friends and enjoying a celebration of the freedom that we enjoy in the United States. I think that I have almost always been in the states to celebrate. This year I celebrated in Brazil. I would say that the thing that I missed the most was the lack of fire works.
It was my responsibility to make the chili for the party. This was the first time that I made chili without using canned beans. I was surprised at how much moisture the beans soaked up when rehydrating them. I also struggled with not having the normal spices that I would use to make chili so I had to make due with the spices that I had. I was very pleased with the results. The chili not only tasted like chili and my house smelled like chili, which was awesome.
I celebrated the 4th of July at the Hangout. We made chili, cornbread, and apple pie. It turned out to be a great party. Many of the Brazilians enjoyed the American food and it was the happening place to celebrate.
Playing games is a normal part of being at the Hangout and the 4th of July was not an exception.