It’s been a bit longer than normal since I posted – I was actually away on holidays this week! I find it to be hard to be away from my family on Thanksgiving (particularly since it’s not celebrated in Britain, I always feel a bit out of sorts). But this year, my parents came to London to spend it with me. And instead of doing a typical Thanksgiving, we decided to make a quick trip over to France, specifically to Normandy, to see the site of the D-Day landing in 1944.
We’re big into our military history in my family. Perhaps because national battlefields are a cheap vacation (or because there’s a lot of walking and imagining for active children), there’s very little from the American War of Independence or the Civil War that I haven’t done. I’ve even walked the line of Pickett’s Charge in July heat at Gettysburg. Granted, without the uniform and the heavy baggage, but enough to get the point.
I’ve been wanting to visit Normandy for awhile, but I was excited to do so with my father (the man who got me interested in history by sharing his own father’s stories about his time in the Navy during World War II and inspired me to read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in college). It was an amazing experience – and really brought the tragedy and fear of these young men to life.
For our trip, I decided to make some cherry cola brownies (my dad is quite partial to Cherry Cola) and decided to complete the cherry theme with some Hersheys Cherry Cordial Kisses. I’d definitely recommend this as snack food for a trip you’re taking over the holidays!
Cherry Cola Brownies (adapted from Betty Crocker.com)
1 box brownie mix
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup Cherry Coke
1/2 cup buttermilk