We started a new tradition three years ago on the Fourth of July - baking a homemade apple pie. It all began when we checked out two patriotic themed books from the library. The first was, "How to Bake an American Pie" written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Raul Colon and the second, "Apple Pie Fourth of July" was written by Janet Wong and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. The books inspired us to find a yummy recipe and get baking on America's birthday.
We use the recipe, with several adaptations (store bought wheat crust, wheat pastry flour in place of white, half the amount of butter and sans top crust), found (here). It's simply delicious - a must try in my personal opinion.
This is a tradition that will be part of our holiday for many years to come (when I had to work last year, Meme made the pie with Grace), thanks to two wonderful picture books. Hooray for apple pie on the Fourth of July!