Good morning! First, let’s get your eyes drooling!
We’ll get to those in a minute .
Today is already a great day because I only have to work until 1pm! Then I get tomorrow off! As much as I would have preferred a three or four day weekend, I kind of like getting a break in the middle of the week. It will be so much closer to the weekend again when I have to go back to work on Thursday! Thank your Uncle Sam!
I’ve always loved July 4th. I’m all about traditions and in my family that means going to a parade in the morning and seeing fireworks at night. For me, the Fourth of July just isn’t the Fourth of July without fireworks. For some reason, they do things differently here in New Hampshire and many towns have their fireworks displays (which I have to say simply cannot compare to Houston’s!) on the weekend before July 4th or the night before. In Manchester, the fireworks are tonight, so Luke, Teddy and I will be packing up our lawn chairs and finding a nice place to watch them. I can’t wait! (By the way, I know a lot of people are against bringing dogs to fireworks, but I love having Teddy with us and we don’t go very close to where they shoot them off, so the noise doesn’t scare him too much or hurt him).
I also like to get very festive for July 4th. Not only do I like to wear red, white and blue in the days leading up to it, but I like to eat red, white and blue too! Hence my new appetizer creation: Red, White, and Blue Berry Goat Cheese Crostinis!
It doesn’t get much better than bread, cheese and berries drizzled with honey. The best part other than the delicious taste? So easy! All you really have to do is slice and toast your bread and chop up your berries. If you’re hosting a July 4th party tomorrow, this is a simple and easy appetizer that is sure to impress your family and friends!
Oh and if you decide to make them, Teddy wanted to let everyone know that he will be happy to catch any goat cheese crumbles that will accidentally fall onto the floor as you’re spreading it on the crostinis! Blueberries too!
He always helps with the last step, cleaning!
First, preheat your oven and slice your bread into 1/4 inch slices. Place the slices on an oiled baking sheet and drizzle some olive oil over the tops of them. Toast at 450 for about 4 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
While the bread is toasting in the oven, chop up your strawberries.
Then assemble! First, spread on a layer of goat cheese. Then arrange a few strawberry pieces and blueberries on top. Lastly, drizzle a little honey over the tops of them. Enjoy!
Red, White, and Blue Berry Goat Cheese Crostinis
1 french baguette – depending on how many you’re serving, you might only want to use half of a baguette or a smaller but similar loaf of bread
About a tablespoon of olive oil
Approximately 1 container of strawberries and 1/2 container of blueberries (1 strawberry, diced, and about three blueberries per crostini)
1 4oz log of goat cheese
Honey to drizzle over the tops
Preheat your oven to 450. Slice your baguette into 1/4 inch slices and place them on an oiled baking sheet. Drizzle a little olive oil over the tops of the bread slices. Bake them at 450 for about 4 minutes, until they are crisp and golden brown.
While the bread is baking, dice up your strawberries into small pieces.
When the bread is done, start assembling the crostinis! First spread a layer of goat cheese over each slice. Then add a few strawberry pieces and blueberries – get creative with your design if you want! Lastly, add a drizzle of honey over each crostini.