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July 5, 2010

A Spahkaling 4th

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The “voted-upon” posts will be coming shortly, but in order to be timely, I wanted to share a few fun photos today.

On Saturday night, I decided I finally had saved up enough raspberries to make something delicious with them.  My sister recently blogged about using the Pioneer Woman’s blackberry cobbler recipe.  I substituted my homegrown raspberries in this recipe, plus added some store-bought blueberries to fill it out and ended up with something quite patriotic and Independence Day-appropriate looking.  It was so pretty I snapped its picture before I put it in the oven:

As Jennifer mentioned, it was very easy to do.  I was so anxious to try it, I forgot to take the “cooked” picture before I had a sample.

P’Dub suggests having it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  I didn’t have either in the house but it was quite yummy on its own straight out of the oven.

On the 4th, poor hubby had to work, of course (seems he always does when the holidays roll around).  I invited Jennifer and Ozzie over for a cookout.  We had simple but tasty fare: Jordan’s red hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, cherries, chips, and broccoli-raisin salad.  Due to his fear of fireworks and the need for him to be cozily inside his home on this noisy night, Jennifer and Ozzie departed at dusk before any neighbors started lighting anything up.  And they did; while we did not attend any official fireworks shows, the neighborhood was alight with the site and sounds of pyrotechnics, likely purchased in near-by Connecticut where it is legal to do so.

Instead of attending the fireworks display in downtown Springfield, MA and dealing with the awful traffic,  the girls and I set up a little campfire in the backyard.

We toasted marshmallows

and made s’mores.  Here’s Sarah with the supplies to the right:

We lit up a few sparklers


I have a funny little side-story to go with these sparklers.  I’m reminded of it each time I see them.  A few years ago, while attending a summertime party at a dear friend’s house, the friend’s brother-in-law asked me a question.  He said, “Is it alright if your kids have spahklas?” 

“What?” I asked.

“Spahklas.  You know spahklas,” he explained.

I still wasn’t understanding.  This gentleman has a very thick Boston accent.  Many folks from other parts think it is a “Massachusetts” accent, but in fact it is not.  The Worcester area, Boston and Maine all have that unusual way of speaking, but not here in western Mass.  Finally it dawned on me.

“Oh! Sparklers!  Yes, sure, the kids can have them.  I wasn’t sure what you were asking because in western Mass. we pronounce our R’s!”  I replied with a smile.  We all had a good laugh about that one.

Hope your 4th was happy!

(Other posts coming soon!)


  1. Sparklerrrs! I love sparklerrrs! (We REALLY pronounce our rrr’s in Michigan!)

    Comment by Gerry — July 5, 2010 @ 11:16 am | Reply

    • Makes me wonder if there is any funny pronounciations in your part of the country.

      Comment by Karma — July 6, 2010 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  2. Oh wow does that cobbler ever look good!!! My hubby had to work yesterday, too… Your cookout looks like the perfect amount of fun without the traffic and crowds!

    My grandparents had that “spahklas” accent (Boston-Abington-Cape Cod). My dad used to tease them every time Grandfather said that he was going to put the “caah in the gaahrage.” (the “r” is pronounced when it is at the beginning of a syllable) I have a cassette tape of their voices that I take out now and then just for the wonderful memories…

    Comment by Barbara — July 5, 2010 @ 11:17 am | Reply

    • That’s neat that you have the cassette of their voices. Maybe you could try one of those new audio posts that WP is offering now!

      Comment by Karma — July 6, 2010 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  3. Wow what a nice holiday you had. Your cobbler is beautiful as are your pictures.
    I remember that spahklas story well. I’m glad you wrote about and reminded me of it again. I encounter this at work all the time here on Cape Cod. They don’t like how I say “hot” , “hockey” and “scallops”.

    Comment by Patricia Weldon — July 5, 2010 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

    • Funny, none of those words have an “r” in them!

      Comment by Karma — July 6, 2010 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  4. Sounds like the perfect day! Did you save some smores for me?
    All we did was take the kids to see “Toy Story 3”. Didn’t even go see any fireworks (I was asleep on the couch by 8:30 pm, how sad is that?! LOL)

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 5, 2010 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

    • I often find myself in the same “position” Michaela! 😉

      Comment by Karma — July 6, 2010 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  5. I made a PW pie as well! I think it’s the first fruit pie that I’ve ever made! I made her mother’s blueberry pie. It was easy and yummy!

    New Hampshire has that accent as well. My parents live in NH and before they visited this past weekend and met our new puppy, Stella, we had to practice calling her Steller so she wouldn’t be confused when my Mom arrived.

    Comment by cggrlogan — July 5, 2010 @ 10:55 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for stopping by Rebecca! “Steller” – that’s too funny! It is odd how they don’t pronounce r’s when they are there and add them where they are not. I’ve noticed Jerry Remy during Red Sox games will pronounce Amica as “Amiker.”

      Comment by Karma — July 6, 2010 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  6. It sounds like a lovely evening. The cobbler looks delicious!

    We didn’t brave the traffic or crowds this year either. Just stayed at home, watching and listening to the neighborhood fireworks.

    Comment by Robin — July 6, 2010 @ 7:58 am | Reply

    • It was definitely nice, although the 15-year-old started complaining about bugs and went inside a little earlier rather than put on some more bug spray!

      Comment by Karma — July 6, 2010 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  7. Mmmmmmm, cobbler…..s’mores…..yummmmmmm 🙂

    Ah, sparklers! LOVE them and haven’t had the pleasure in years.

    I had to laugh at the spahkla story. Yes, it is true that Bostonian’s tend to avoid their r’s. What you failed to mention is, in WMASS you like to also ADD r’s to words that DON’T have them! I often laugh when I hear my family tell me that they have an ‘idear’ (idea). Lucky for me, I lost my WMASS accent many, many years ago and didn’t replace it with a Boston one! 🙂

    Sounds like you had a perfect day, Karma! We did, too! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — July 6, 2010 @ 10:44 am | Reply

    • Ah, funny you mention “idears”, Tracy. That has always been a pet-peeve of mine to hear it pronounced that way and I’ve always made it a habit to pronounce it correctly! I’ve passed this pronounciation on to my children, so maybe we can make a dent in correcting that!

      Comment by Karma — July 6, 2010 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  8. Toasted marshmallows and a bowl of fruit thingy…Sounds like my kind of weekend… Throw in a beer or two and I’m on my way… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — July 6, 2010 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  9. Love your eloquent way of describing things. I’ll have to add fruit thingy to my list along with flowery-type things!

    Comment by Karma — July 7, 2010 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  10. You and your sister are driving me nuts with your berry concoctions. Trying to talk my wife into making it for me. I told her it was “easy”. 🙂

    Nice spahklas photos.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 7, 2010 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

    • Scott, it is so easy you could make it yourself! Really, its just mixing up some batter, pouring it into a baking dish, spread the berries on top and bake! You can do it!

      Comment by Karma — July 8, 2010 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  11. Years ago I worked with a wonderful lady that said things like “you going to ride your hoss today?” or “we’re have cohn on the cob tonight!” True Blue Bostonian accent. She also tells the story of when she traveled to Chicago and was looking for Michael Jordan shots, none of the sales people could understand what she wanted.
    Michael Jordan SHORTS.

    Comment by Renae — July 7, 2010 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

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