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Independence Day Fun

happy 4th of July


One of our favorite things to do in the summer is taking road trips. Most of those destinations involve heading to the water. The holidays add a new element to those road trips. Friends, Family and Food and of course, Independence Day – Fireworks! We were not sure how many of those elements would play into this year’s holiday.

As the family gets older, bigger and busier, everyone starts having plans of their own and are being pulled in all directions. This year I had just put out an invite to family and said, “let’s do the zoo and get together”. Problem being is jobs, travel distance and other things made this attempt to do something different a ‘no-go’ for a family day. Maybe next year we can bring both families together.

That being the case we headed to the water. We were hoping Gary would get a chance to try out Kayaking. Not so, but he did get to try out something called “The Blob”.

One thing that will not change is the food but on a smaller scale. Take a look at some of our favorite must-have dishes we will be adding to our Independence Day Fun.

I just want to go on record here. Gary is definitely the better cook in this household. He could cook me under the table any day. I think that comes from watching all those cooking shows. Go, Gordon Ramsay!! He likes to take chances in the kitchen and the spice cabinet is his friend. I like to have a recipe and stick with it. This holiday weekend along with the hamburgers and brats on the grill, these are some of the favorites you might see on the picnic table.

Sour Cream Macaroni Salad

Sour cream macaroni salad

1/2 pint sour cream
3 Tablespoons vinegar
1 cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
2-3 cups COOKED macaroni
1 cup cooked meat of your choice (diced ham, tuna, cooked shrimp)
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1 grated carrot 1/2 cup shredded cheese

BOIL 1 – 1 1/2 cups Elbow Macaroni (macaroni doubles in size during cooking)
MIX Sour cream, vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, and mustard together to make a dressing.
TOSS all of the other ingredients in a large bowl that can be covered.
Add in the dressing and carefully MIX together so all ingredients are covered with the creamy and delicious dressing.
Optional To add a dash of extra flavor and eye-appeal, try one of these and make it your own.
SPRINKLE Right before serving sprinkle with paprika, smoked paprika, dill, parsley, cilantro, or grated cheese.

Cover and Refrigerate.

Grandmas Refrigeration Cucumbers

First, Make the Cucumber Mix
About 12 small to medium cucumbers thinly sliced
1 onion thinly sliced
1 green pepper thinly sliced
4 Tablespoons Salt
MIX cucumbers, onion, and peppers in a bowl.
SPRINKLE with salt and toss.
(Grandma always put ice cubes in the mix, I’m assuming it’s because it sat on the counter during the day)

LET STAND covered for 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
Rinse well and drain all water.

While the cucumbers are soaking.
Mix in a small saucepan
1 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
Optional: Lawry’s seasoned pepper to taste (for me this is a must!)

~ BOIL brine, till sugar, is dissolved and let COOL until room temp ~
POUR cooled brine over cucumbers.
You can eat these right away or refrigerate.
My daughter would eat these all the time. She likes them without the added veggies. Just the cucumbers and the brine. What could be an easier addition to and meal?
Super simple and so good!!

Where ever the holidays find you, whether it’s Independence Day or some other holiday. Fill it with food, fun, and family.

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  1. The blob looks really fun! I’ve never tried one of those before. That macaroni salad looks really yummy, too!

  2. I love the blob pictures 🙂 and that pickle recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lori Nielsen says:

    The blob looks like a blast! Nothing better than a water party in the summer!

  4. The Blob looks like a blast! And love those kind of pickles grandma used to make.

  5. LOL, my hubby is also a great cook and loves Gordon Ramsey and Thomas Keller! I’ve always loved pickled cucumbers like the recipe you posted. So refreshing in the Summer time.

  6. Your macaroni salad recipe is making me hungry! Question: have you made it with both ways (mayo and miracle whip)? They have such a different flavor, which do you prefer?

    1. I love the name of your blog. Yes I have made the macaroni both ways. We do prefer it with the miracle whip. It gives it just a little more tang. But it is good both ways. My daughter does not eat meat or seafood and I have even made this with broccoli, peas, and what ever other veggies cut up small you want to add.

  7. That macaroni salad looks delish! Looks like y’all had fun anyway. I know how hard it is to get everyone together!

  8. Jennifer | Me and My Traveling Hat says:

    My mom use to make this cucumber salad! I haven’t made it in a while but now I will.

    1. One of the things I treasure is my grandmas recipes. This is one of them. It’s so fun to pull them out and they are in her handwriting.

  9. Yes it is so hard to coordinate family outings with life always in the way, but looks like you had a blast. Love the comfort food recipes as well. Nothing like a good mac salad and brined cucumbers for 4th.

  10. Julie Gazdecki says:

    I’ve always found watching those blob things to be so funny!! Looks like a fun way to celebrate!

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