The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for my family. In the last few years, we’ve established a fairly restful, fun celebration. Sometime in the early afternoon, we head to the huge, regional park in the nearby city. We take an E-Z UP for shade, our big wagon to haul gear in (and later to give grandkids rides in), a couple of blankets, our folding chairs and a ton of food. We relax and read and people watch until Corin’s family arrives later in the afternoon.
We then enjoy the remainder of the daylight hours kicking balls around with the kids, taking strolls through the park, and enjoying all the wonderful food we’ve brought with us. Towards sundown, the E-Z UP comes down and we settle in to watch the huge, grand fireworks display at 9:30. It’s a day we all enjoy!
This week’s menu includes our Feast for the Fourth! I can’t wait! Copper’s days off even fell so that he would have the day off this year. Yeehaw!
You’ll also notice three recipes this week that are from Aviva Goldfarb’s great SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue cookbook. This is currently my favorite cookbook. You can read all about how wonderful it is in my review.
Lunch – Taco Salad
Dinner – Teriyaki Noodle Stir Fry (another great recipe from my current “go to” cookbook), fresh melon
Breakfast – cereal
Lunch – Meat Sandwiches, green salad
Dinner – Chicken Parmesan with Garden Herbs (another great recipe from my current “go to” cookbook), Golden Mashed Potatoes (a Sue Gregg recipe), and Steamed Broccoli with Garlic Butter
WEDNESDAY – The 4TH OF JULY!
Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs and Cinnamon Toast
Lunch – Sandwiches & Chips
Fourth of July Feast in the Park – Garlic Roasted Chicken Thighs, BBQ Baked Chicken Thighs, Red, White and Blue Seven Layered Jello, Pasta Salad, King’s Hawaiian Rolls, Green Salad, Fruit Salad, Sandwiches (for a couple of the picky eaters), Cupcakes, Cookies, Copper’s Favorite Caramel Corn, Chips & Salsa
Breakfast – Old Fashioned Oatmeal
Lunch – 4th of July leftovers
Goodie – Carrot Cake
Dinner – Beef Hot Dogs with Mac & Cheese, Baby Carrots & Ranch Dip
Breakfast – Pancakes
Lunch – Salami, Cheese, Fruit and Cracker Plates
Dinner – Light Tuna Casserole with Zucchini and Tomatoes (One more from The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue), Easy Soft Parmesan Breadsticks, Fruit
Breakfast – Cereal
Lunch – Deli Sub Sandwiches
Dinner – Nachos & Lost (What a great way to unwind on a Saturday evening!)
Breakfast – Poppy Seed Muffins
Lunch – Out After Church
Dinner – Wild Dinner (our Sunday evening free for all in the kitchen)
Need help with your menu planning? My Menu Planning Series might help.
Have any special plans for the 4th?