Happy 4th of July! (and a recipe)

Happy 4th of July!  I’m so glad to live in this free nation.  I hope all of you are having a great day!  We’re having the first real day off that we’ve had in a long time!


It’s super hot here.  We live in sunny Phoenix and it has been up to 117 degrees this week!    It’s the first place I have lived where when it gets up to a certain point, they actually have heat warnings go across the screen like a Tornado Warning or something.   You know, with the counties outlined and times given.  It will tell you that they advise that you stay indoors.  Crazy, huh?

So, we’ll try to go outside and enjoy the pool some today I’m sure.  It’s the only way to be outside this time of year.   Summer in Phoenix is not too different than the winters we had in Utah (lived there for three years).  Only, you don’t have to shovel sunshine.

The pool pics below are from last year, after getting our yard in decent shape.  It was a nightmare when we moved in.  I’ll do a post on that with before and after pics sometime.

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It’s good to have a break!  We decided this past week to start doing all of our small business taxes ourselves.  Payroll and all.  So, not knowing much about accounting at all other than how to read and keep a checkbook register, we had to learn and learn and learn.

We’ve spent a great deal of time learning to use Quickbooks and taxes over the past week.  And, we’ve yet to start on the payroll aspect.  I think my brain may explode from new information soon, between this and Photoshop and InDesign.

Funny thing is, at the start of college, my husband was going the accounting route at the business school at UT Austin.  After one semester and one accounting class, he changed his mind.  He switched over to MIS (management information systems).  Cracks me up now because he would have HATED it.  Neither of us are cut out to do this for a full-time job.  It’s far from a passion of ours.  But, I’m glad we are learning!  It’s good stuff to know how to do and will save us money in the end.  Rather than paying a CPA monthly, we can just take our information in to the CPA at the end of the year for taxes.


Today, besides the pool, we’ll also enjoy brisket, baked potatoes, chocolate molten cake with ice cream and a movie!   And, maybe even virgin pina coladas later.

Tell me more about that cake you say?   It’s the kind that is soft in the middle and fully baked on the edges.   Sort of like the brownie and brownie dough together.

I’m one of those gluten free girls (and corn and soy free) so this is a safe recipe for me.  I wanted to share it with you.  I’ve been making it often since seeing it around 5 years ago on a local morning show in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Trust me, it’s sinfully delicious!

Chocolate Molten Cake (served with ice cream and a strawberry)

9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces butter
4 whole eggs
1/4 cup sugar

Combine chocolate and butter in a mixing bowl and melt over a double boiler.  Combine eggs and sugar in a separate mixing bowl and warm over double boiler until warm to the touch.  Transfer egg mixture to mixer and whip until fluffy.   Fold whipped eggs into melted chocolate.   Divide evenly into 4 bake proof dishes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes.

Consider putting whipped cream and a strawberry on top to make it more patriotic and well, even more tasty! It’s also great with ice cream!

Tip – Don’t fear the double broiler.  A double broiler can be as simple as a larger pot with water in it boiling and then ingredients in a smaller pot sitting inside of it.  That’s how I do it.  I don’t actually own a double broiler.

Stay cool today!   Happy 4th of July!



  1. Hi Kristy, happy fourth to you! Thanks for sharing the pictures of your beautiful backyard, love the pool! I will have to try the recipe, sounds amazing!
    have a great day,

  2. Yes, try to stay cool! The Baked Hot Chocolate sounds really good!

  3. This is a great recipe! One of my best friends is a Celiac and I’m always trying to come up w/ new things that she can enjoy along with everyone else.

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