Whether it’s chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven or the savory smells of onions and garlic sauteed in a pan with butter, food has a way of bringing back happy memories and gathering us all together.

I was excited to get to go home on July 4 and celebrate Independence Day with my mom and dad in Lumberton. There are no fireworks bans in that part of Southeast Texas since it rains there quite often, and our neighbors pulled out all the stops on their pyrotechnic fantasies this year.

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