How else would I have ever gotten this cute picture! :)
Here is most of the food - linked to recipes where possible.....
Blueberry, Strawberry, and Jicama Salsa.
Baked Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese Dip
I plan on making this dip a lot. You have been warned, family!
For appetizers we also had mini quiches brought by Shannon and Mary. Shannon's quiches were made from the fresh eggs that her chickens produced in her very own back yard.
Mac and Cheese Bites.
They are the perfect addition to a cookout, a picnic, a road trip, a bubble bath. No utensils needed. Just pick it up and go. In fact, some of the kids were caught swimming around with them in their hands ( above the water, of course).
I was worried that mine wouldn't turn out because I am famous for trying "different" techniques and failing. But I followed the recipe and they turned out perfectly. I even made them the night before and was able to reheat them at 250 degrees for 20 minutes right before the party.
You can also make them in mini muffin tins! Perfect for little hands at a birthday party! Or you could fill up a popcorn bucket with them and call it a movie snack.
Potato salad and watermelon ( from Mom and Dad)
Fried squash chips ( from Randy's garden)
Broccoli Salad ( minus the raisins)
And then the Main Course:
Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken.
Meatballs ( from Mary)
Hawaiian Pork Sliders... recipe from this book...
I sliced it and served it on Hawaiian sweet bread with grilled pineapple.
Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Dessert.
I also made mini cherry and blueberry pies in mason jars! And I completely forgot to get a picture! It was also SO EASY and something I will definitely do again. I made the blueberry ones sugar free and used regular cherry pie filling for the cherry ones. The possibilities are endless. I also used the pint jars that are tall and skinny - mainly because I couldn't find the ones pictured on the recipe - and they worked out just fine. In fact, they had room at the top for a scoop of ice cream! Which would then melt a little on the warm pie and seep down in to the jar.
My FIRST plate....
I ended up eating ALL DAY. And the next day woke up with a hangover! A food hangover. My body was just blown away by what I put in to it.
It was all worth it, though!
Little Abby sporting her patriotic bikini...
The party attendees... minus Mary and Glenn who were sitting on the porch in the shade.
It was such a fun day and we really enjoyed spending it with our family!
We hope every one had a great Fourth of July!!!