Happy 4th of July!!!!

Happy 4th of July my friends!!

Do you have big plans to celebrate our country today/this weekend?  We have a small, low-key gathering tomorrow.  EXACTLY the kind of celebration I like.  No stress, nothing fancy, just good food, good company and happy kids.

Speaking of kids…. Are yours driving YOU crazy with the fireworks frenzy?  Tuck came home from his weekly cowboy adventure with his grandpa and was immediately on the fireworks bandwagon.

“Please, Mom.  Can we stop at the fireworks stand?  Please. Please. PLEASE!!!!!”

BIG. FAT. SIGH.

If it weren’t for wanting to support our local emergency services program and fireworks display I wouldn’t buy any.

Yes, I’m a bah-hum-bug when it comes to dropping money on something that lasts mere seconds.  …but the money goes to a good program AND it makes my kiddos happy for a few days.  …and Tuck really deserves a good treat.  He’s worked REALLY hard with Grandpa over the past 4 weeks and has made everyone extremely proud.  (But, that’s another story at a later date.)

What’s my favorite part of the 4th celebrations…?

Well, the FOOD of course!  What will you be taking to your gatherings?  Do you make a festive side dish or a fun dip?  Are you the grill master or the spectator/taste tester?

Here are few ideas, if you’re like me and sometimes get overwhelmed or stumped by what to bring to the party.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

DSC_0004 copyDill Pickle Dip

DSC_0005 copyThe Fastest Cake in the West (this is a HUGE hit, family FAVORITE and always requested.  …and what I’ll be bringing to our party.)

DSC_0522 copySkinny Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Cucumber Dip

Texas Caviar

These are a few of my favorite party dishes.  Most are rather easy requiring only a few ingredients.  If you’re in a slump on what to bring, I hope a few of these ideas help you out.

Blessing to all of you and to the men and women who so bravely serve our country!!!  May you all have a safe, joyous and festive 4th!!!!

 

Peace, love and fire CRACKERS!!!!

 

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