Monthly Topics - July 2017

Fourth of July

Every July 4th, Americans celebrate the anniversary of signing the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It was a courageous step towards independence for those early American colonists. Celebrate their courage and your freedom this Fourth of July, and enjoy the fireworks!

Independence Day

We’d like to wish everyone a very Happy and festive Fourth of July! Enjoy the parades, picnics, and fireworks in celebration of our great American country.

Play It Safe

We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July! Please be careful when using fireworks, especially around the young children. Also, please remember fireworks are not allowed on the St. Tropez Ocean Condo property.

Fireworks Safety

To help you celebrate safely this Fourth of July, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety offer the following safety tips:

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Have an adult present.
  • Buy from reliable sellers.
  • Use outdoors only.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
  • Stay away from illegal explosives.

Did You Know? July is National Ice Cream Month!

Did you know that ice cream was introduced to the public in 1660 A.D. by Sicilian Procopio in France and is now enjoyed by 90 percent of the people in the United States? To celebrate National Ice Cream month, start scooping! One cup of this sweet treat provides 170 mg of calcium plus riboflavin and protein. Ice cream will not only help keep you cool on hot summer days, but also will put you on your way to 3-A-Day of dairy.
I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!
Here are some quick tips to liven up your summer fling and help your guests get a head start on filling their calcium quota.

  • Have it Your Way. Have each guest bring an ingredient to make a delicious ice cream creation.
  • Sundae Bar. Always a favorite at any party, you dish out the ice cream and let guests create their own sundae!
  • Cookies-N-Cream. Make mini ice-cream sandwiches for your guests by putting ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies.
  • Make Your Own Milk Mustache. Let your guests put on their own milk mustaches. Take their picture while they pretend they are the next milk mustache celebrity. (Tip: Vanilla ice cream works best, but kids may have extra fun with flavors.)
  • Create Fireworks. Use food coloring or raspberries and blueberries to make red and blue ice cream. Spoon it up with vanilla in honor of the Fourth of July.

First Man on the Moon

On July 20, 1969, the human race accomplished its single greatest technological achievement of all time when a human first set foot on another celestial body. Six hours after landing at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with less than 30 seconds of fuel remaining), Neil A. Armstrong took the “Small Step” into our greater future when he stepped off the Lunar Module, named “Eagle,” onto the surface of the Moon, from which he could look up and see Earth in the heavens as no one had done before him. “Buzz” Aldrin shortly joined him, and the two astronauts spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned 46 pounds of lunar rocks. After their historic walks on the Moon, they successfully docked with Michael Collins, patiently orbiting the cold but no longer lifeless Moon alone in the Command Module “Columbia.”

I Am Your Flag

I am the symbol of the living America, the badge of its greatness, the emblem of its destiny. 
I am faith.
It is I who keep men mindful of their priceless heritage, life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness.
I am hope.
I represent the land of promise wherein, already, man’s loftiest dreams have approached closer to realization than ever before on this earth.
I am life.
Each strand and fiber of my being is a memorial, dedicated to the sacrifices of all those strong men and steadfast women who have lived and died in the nation’s service, that it might live forever.
I am tolerance.
So long as I shall wave, all people under my protection may freely worship, think, write and speak, undaunted by the shadow of fear.
I am justice.
Tempered with mercy. For I am friend to the oppressed and downtrodden of every land.. I am a sign of the future. I wave over schools throughout the nation and in them the nation’s future is molded..
I am the Flag of the United States...the last...the best hope for peace on earth. 

      • Author Unknown

Fruit Pizza

This is a great summer-time dessert, which is great for the 4th of July, topped with strawberries and blueberries. Top with any fruit of your choice. Prep Time: approx. 30 minutes. Original recipe makes 1 pizza pie (9 servings).

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4-cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen
  • Whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-inch pizza pan.
  • To Make Crust: In a large bowl, mix together flour, butter and sugar; dough should be dry. Spread into pizza pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until brown. Allow to cool completely.
  • To Make Filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Spread into cooled crust. Top with fruit.

A Fourth of July Apple Pie


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 5-7 tablespoons COLD water

Mix shortening, salt, flour with a fork until crumbly Add 5 tablespoons water and mix well, adding more water if too dry
Apple Filling

  • 6-8 tart apples (Macintosh, Granny Smith)
  • Pare, core and thinly slice
  • 3/4 - 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)

Slice apples. Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add apple slices and mix well. Take 1/2 of the pastry and roll flat with rolling pin. Line a 9" or 10" pie plate with the pastry. Fill with apple mixture. Dot with butter (or margarine). Take the remaining pastry dough and roll flat. Place dough on top of apple pie mix. Crimp along edges creating a scalloped edging. Take a knife and cut slits into top of pastry to allow for steam to escape. Bake in a 400o oven for 50 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let cool, and enjoy!

Tasty Summer Snacks for Your Friends
The last thing you want to do in the summer is spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing food for your guests. An assortment of tasty edibles will impress your friends, and since preparation is done in advance, you'll have more time to enjoy playing the role of host. Prepare the following for your guests:
* Butter lettuce salad tossed with sliced Granny Smith apples, blue cheese and toasted pecans in a light vinaigrette.
* Platter of crisp fresh vegetable pieces with dilled sour cream dip.
* Arrangement of Brie, sharp cheddar and smoked Gouda cheeses with baguette slices and assorted crackers.
* A crunchy candy-coated snack your guests will love to munch.