Summer holidays are made for sun, grills, family, and relaxation. My Fourth of July holiday will be filled with all of those things plus some delicious treats! I decided to give you a rundown of what I’ll be bringing to our family gatherings as well as some other ideas for you and your family to enjoy.

It’s going to be a warm one in the Midwest and I’m excited. I haven’t had much time to relax and catch some rays so this afternoon Paul and I are headed to the lake to visit his family. We haven’t been back since our wedding so I’m pumped for some fun in the sun! On Saturday we are headed to see my family. Sunday includes a family reunion in Southeast Kansas and Monday is all things red, white and blue and loud. And delicious!

What are you cooking for Independence Day?

Here’s what we are having:

Zucchini-Broccoli Slaw (one of my family’s favorites, recipe below)
Buffalo Chicken Dip (Paul’s Favorite)
Beer Bread (to accompany the buffalo chicken dip)
Corn and black bean salsa (at least this one’s somewhat healthy)
Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies (Paul’s dad’s favorite, and one of mine too)
Possibly a Snicker’s Cheesecake (because why not?!)

Here are some other easy ideas for you to enjoy this holiday weekend:

Fresh Pineapple
Grilled Pizza
Lemon Bars
Pretzel Dip
Onion Dip
Strawberry-Almond Cupcakes

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Zucchini Broccoli Slaw Recipe


1 package broccoli slaw mix

1 cup zucchini, cut into half moons

1 package ramen noodles, half-way cooked


3/4 cup canola oil

6 Tbs. distilled vinegar (red wine and rice vinegars are also good)

3 Tbs. sugar

1 tsp. onion powder (or 2 green onions, sliced)

1 Ramen noodle (chicken flavor) seasoning packet


1/2 cup sunflower seeds, almonds, soy nuts or other nut of choice (I used soy nuts this time)

1/2 cup bacon bits (optional)


Cook ramen noodles in a small pot of boiling water until desired consistency is reached. (Some people eat this with the noodles uncooked.) Meanwhile, add the broccoli slaw and zucchini to a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients and whisk well to combine. Pour over the veggies. Drain the pasta and rinse with cool water. Add to veggies and dressing and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight is best. Garnish with more nuts if you desire.

Whatever foods you enjoy this weekend, I hope you can relax and enjoy some time with friends and family.