We had the best 4th of July party yesterday at Dulce's house. She and Di are the best hostesses. Their whole house was decorated with stars and stripes. We even received patriotic mugs and Statue of Liberty notepads as party favors. The food was incredible. Starting with the appetizers, there was marinated/grilled shrimp, caprese salad, a veggie tray with homemade ranch dressing, and meatballs in bbq sauce. I was full with the appetizers. Next, was our main meal which included tri-tip, chicken, hot dogs, and spicy Italian sausage. My uncle Robert made the very best potato salad. He topped it with tons of crispy bacon pieces. Diane marinated and grilled eggplant in a sesame/soy/cilantro mixture. We also had fresh fruit, baked beans, and a yummy Greek orzo salad. Was I stuffed!! For dessert we had two apple pies, a boysenberry pie, and a birthday cake (homemade carrot compliments of my mom) for my cousin Kimberly. We were able to watch three different fireworks shows from their backyard. It was a wonderful party with family and friends. We are so thankful to be living in America!