With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: All-American Macaroni Salad & Fireworks!

Friday, July 5, 2013

All-American Macaroni Salad & Fireworks!

Light up the grill and bring out the hotdogs, burgers, chicken or steaks. Add  the sides and get ready to celebrate! Memorial Day is the kick-off  of the backyard get-togethers that continues through Labor Day with the 4th of July right in the middle. What is one favorite side that shows up at each celebration? Yes, All-American Macaroni Salad.

It shows up at just about every backyard cookout and picnic. National and regional variations abound.  You can toss in ham or shrimp or other condiments and veggies to suit your fancy.

This is our family favorite that came from a sweet, long-time friend.
(thank you, Anne!)
Finely chopped green bell pepper, onion and sweet pickle relish bring on the flavor here. It is sweet with a little tang.

After a relaxed day of eating and connecting with family and friends and maybe chilling around the pool, excitement builds as the adults grab their lawn chairs and the kids toddle along to watch the booming fireworks display. Year-after-year we head to the place where our town has their celebration. In recent years it moved from a large open farm to the local high school where folks can sit in the football bleachers or right in the grassy areas.

Anxiously waiting for darkness to fall and then the start... with the rocket's red glare...

the bombs bursting in air...

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there...

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave

So on to the recipe.
Besides being a really flavorful macaroni salad, it is quick and easy to make. If you are short on time and need to take a dish along, make this. I love, love potato salad but this is so much easier.

All-American Macaroni Salad

1 lb box macaroni cooked according to pkg. directions; drained

2 cups Miracle Whip
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
4 Tbs. evaporated milk
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp. celery seed
½ chopped onion
4 Tbs. pickle juice or relish
¼ cup finely chopped green pepper

Combine the above ingredients in large bowl then toss with pasta

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Marydon Ford said...

Yum! Can never get enough noodles.
Have a beautiful weekend.

Debbie said...

sounds good! Loved the pics!


Beautiful images! Hope you're having a great Fourth weekend.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Wonderful recipe!
Macaroni Salad is one of my favorites!
Love the Fireworks photos!

I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday weekend!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wish I had a big ole bowl of that Macaroni Salad now! Looks like you had a nice 4th:@)

Donna said...

Great photos of the fireworks!

Blackberry Lane said...

Your salad looks delicious. I enjoyed your fireworks, too. It poured rain here all day/night on the Fourth.

Susan said...

The macaroni salad sounds scrumptuous, LDH. And your fireworks photos are electrifying! Great job. Susan

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Macaroni salad is one of my favorite things. I can, honestly, eat a whole bowl (like the big bowl) by myself.

Looks like your 4th was festive!

NanaDiana said...

Those are amazing firework photos. Do you know I have not had macaroni salad in years? My Mom made really good salad and I was always disappointed trying other versions. Maybe I will give yours a try because I have liked several recipes you have posted. I'll let you know if I do- xo Diana

Ann said...

The macaroni salad looks very good.
I got to watch fireworks from my back yard the other night.

Sandi said...

The salad looks so yummy and the fireworks...uh...mazing! Lol

Lea Culp said...

I love macaroni salad and have never made it. Might just have to now.

Wonderful pictures!

Snap said...

YeeHaw! Love macaroni salad. Happy 4th!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love old-fashioned recipes for holidays like the 4th of July. They seem so comforting and homey. This sounds delicious!

Darlene Payan said...

Loved the post and the firework pictures. The gold and aqua is my favorite for it is the colors of my bedroom. Tell me if you sell these and if sizing can be requested. You can reach me through my email.


Snap said...

I LOVE macaroni salads and will add this recipe to my collection! I'm going to eat pop corn and watch the fireworks on television -- staying cool! Have a lovely holiday weekend!

Barbara F. said...

I adore macaroni salad, especially with shrimp. Even tuna. This recipe is a keeper. Happy Fourth to you and your family. xo

Ann Thompson said...

Yum. It all ooks delicious. I'm ready ro grab a plate and load it up


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