As usual, we tried to put on a feast for the holiday, without extra expenses. The only extra item we bought was 1 box of graham crackers, for making s'mores. Not too bad. So this is what we ate:
hot dogs, cooked over an open fire (that's the fun part)
homemade buns, half wheat/half white
macaroni salad (I found a jar of green olives in the pantry, plus added celery and bell pepper)
creamy rhubarb jello (rhubarb sauce pureed with cream cheese, and gelatin)
lemonade (made from bottled lemon juice)
mint and lemon balm iced tea (garden herbs)
s'mores and cocoa/coffee
The weather has been on the chilly side, in my area, so the sorbet that I'd planned, was out. In it's place, s'mores and coffee/cocoa. We forewent the chips and sodas that are often at 4th picnics and bbq's. The herb tea and lemonade were enjoyed instead, and I made a creamy macaroni salad, for a starchy side dish, to take the place of something like chips. And of course, we're still eating a lot of eggs, so a platter of deviled eggs was a must.
I already had hot dogs in the fridge. One daughter and I made a batch of burger and hot dog buns on Saturday. I had all of the ingredients for the remaining dinner dishes.
We have a fire ring on the patio in the back yard. After roasting our hot dogs, we all sat around the fire to keep warm while eating dinner, and waiting for the hour to set off some fire works.
And for the s'mores, I had a bag of marshmallows and some clearance Easter and Valentine chocolate candy, to go on the graham crackers.
The whole dinner really didn't require much time to prepare, in comparison to other holiday dinners. So, in all, I think the dinner went well.
I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. I'll be back tomorrow morning!