Prepping For The 4th


Fireworks over the Lake



In a few more days it will be time to celebrate the birthday of our nation.  People are starting to get on the road and travel to different destinations to enjoy the holiday. My side of the family usually gathers and enjoys a day at the lake together. According to the weather man we should have great weather on Monday to spend time sitting by a lake.

Today we are having a wonderful break from our normal hot muggy summer days.  The temperature is in the 70’s  and it seems like a great time to do some baking to restock the freezer and also to do some preparing for the upcoming holiday celebration.

When our family gets together for this particular holiday we typically all bring our own burgers and buns and a side dish to share; plus some snacks for the afternoon.  There are just certain things that have become standard for the day.

The side dish that I bring to share for the evening meal has turned into one that has become a 4th of July tradition.  I am now required to make the taco salad.  My husband really dislikes taco salad and I sometimes wonder what would happen if I brought a different salad?  Would I be barred from the festivities? Hmmm I don’t think that I will test that one out.

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Taco Salad Fixings


The recipe that I use comes from an old cookbook I received as a bridal shower gift from my sisters many, many, (did I say many?) years ago. My original cookbook has long since lost the back cover along with the entire last section of recipes.  The pages are dog-eared and worn. Some pages even stick together from having ingredients spilled on them. It is a book well-lived and well-loved.

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I love this cookbook so much that last year I asked a friend, who runs tag sales, to keep her eyes open for another one that would be in good shape. (This cookbook is long out of print). I was so excited when she found one for me!

I will hang on to my original one though; as there are lots of memories and notations on those stained, well-used pages. I like to think I am like this cookbook….a little worn but well-lived and well-loved!


For those of you who want to try making the taco salad I have included the recipe:

Taco Salad
1 Large head lettuce (torn)
1# Ground beef
1 Can dark red kidney beans (drained)
8 oz. Shredded cheddar cheese
4 Red tomatoes (diced)
1 Large onion (diced)
1 Bag Dorito Nacho Chips
1 Pkg. taco seasoning
1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
1 Tablespoon Taco Sauce
8 – 10 oz. Thousand Island Dressing
1/3 cup sugar
Brown the ground beef.
Add taco seasoning (reserve 1 tablespoon for dressing)
In large bowl layer ingredients – lettuce, cheese, ground beef etc.
Cover and refrigerate.
At serving time toss salad with dressing and crushed nacho chips.

Here is hoping you all have a blessed weekend and enjoy your 4th of July holiday! I also wonder what do you and your families do to celebrate the holiday?

Food is our common ground,
a universal experience.

 James Beard quotes 

14 thoughts on “Prepping For The 4th

  1. beeorganizedwithpamela says:

    Hi Faye! Love your thought on July 4th. I have a cookbook like that. Filled with recipes from ladies who can really cook. I can’t wait to try your taco salad. Have a safe and fun day. Love all your posts and comments. Your follow means a lot to me.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I love reading your blog Pamela! And I am so glad you follow mine.
      Your comment about cookbooks that have ladies that can really cook is so true. Several of mine are from local schools, churches etc and I know the women personally. I definitely have favorite cooks in those books. My husband thinks I have enough cookbooks (probably books in general) but I am quite positive you can never have too many books of any kind!
      You also have a great 4th!


  2. Betty Vande Griend says:

    Love that cookbook too. I am also on my second one My mom’s was is good shape so I was very happy about that. I had lost the back cover and the recipes in the back too.

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  3. kindergartenknowledge says:

    Your recipe for Taco Salad sounds great and I will definitely try it out! I have a Taco Salad recipe that I make for just about every holiday…and many times just for regular days! I always make it with a Chicken Enchilada Casserole. In fact, I bought all of the ingredients yesterday. My Taco Salad recipe is a bit different and calls for Catalina Dressing, Ranch Style Beans, and Fritos along with lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese…I will post the exact recipe. It came from a church cookbook that I received at a bridal shower…almost 40 years ago. Still my favorite cookbook in my out of control collection! The back is off of mine too and now I have the copy that my mother had. Hers is in perfect condition. Mine is not particularly presentable!!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I would love to see the recipe you use for Taco Salad! Also for the Chicken Enchiladas. My husband is not a fan of that type of food but my kids and I love it.
      Those non-presentable cookbooks are treasures….so full of good recipes.


      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        I will post the recipes! My husband doesn’t really like casseroles…except for Chicken Enchiladas! It is one of the first meals that our daughter made as a newlywed almost two years ago! Her husband loves it…she called me 5 times while she was making it the first time! Now I am hungry!!!

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  4. goldenbrodie says:

    I’m going to make your taco salad for our 4th…it’s perfect. When we gathering in the summer, the adults love my All Fresh Avocado/Pineapple/Blood Orange/Red Onion/Cilantro/Lime Juice Salad served with tortilla chips. The kids want Gooddaddy hot dogs. My husband seems to toast the buns just right, the dogs are Nathan’s or National Hebrew and he prepares the condiments for making Chicago Hot Dogs. The kids are still putting ketchup only on their dog 🙂 I’m hungry!!!!

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  5. says:

    I knew you would have some special plans! That salad sounds like something we would like-loving your recipes. I sure understand the cook book thing too-memories are made with the cook books we got when we were starting out making them dear treasures!

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