July 15, 2024

Dinner and a Movie with The Moons

the moons sit in front of their tv

After a June vacation, we are back and celebrating the 4th of July! On this month’s Dinner and a Movie with the Moons, we review the ultimate 4th of July film, Independence Day, and share the recipe for our favorite side dish to bring to a cookout.  

Dorito Salad


  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 cans of corn (drained)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos (crushed)


Finely chop the red pepper, green pepper, and half red onion. In a large bowl combine chopped veggies with corn, cheese, mayo and mix well. Chill for at least ten minutes. While the mix is chilling, crush half a bag of Doritos and set aside. When you are ready to serve the salad, add crushed Doritos and mix. 

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Independence Day (7.0 IMDb; 65% Rotten Tomatoes) 

“The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive.” – IMDb

Light spoilers 

Haley: Once again, I find myself on the receiving end of this classic line: “Wait, what? You haven’t seen *insert action movie title here*? What’s wrong with you?!” And, once again, I find myself pleasantly surprised by the fact that I enjoyed *insert action movie title here*. While Independence Day loses points for being cheesy at times, it makes up for it by having Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum as the Earth-defending duo I didn’t know I needed. Add to that some solid American pride and a great on-screen president, and I am now officially ready to grab a cigar and celebrate the 4th of July… while keeping an eye out for aliens, of course. 

Haley’s one Gif to describe Independence Day:

July 4 America GIF

Ryan: The movie begins with the absolute inability and lack of a cheap telescope to see that there is a massive spaceship next to our Moon heading our way. But once we get through that plot hole and enter a young Will Smith it gets ‘fun.’ Fun is a weird way to describe billions of people dying, but this is an entertaining movie. This movie receives mixed reviews and I understand why, but I truly enjoy this movie from Will Smith punching an alien in the face to a town drunk redeeming his life and saving humanity. Also, let’s not forget about the president making an emotional speech which makes me want to jump in a F-35 and kick some alien ass. I recommend grabbing a bowl of dorito salad and having a watch this Independence Day. 

Ryan’s one Gif to describe Independence Day:

Aliens GIF

Independence Day can be rented on Amazon Video. 

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Ryan is originally from Casey, Iowa but now resides in West Des Moines with his wife Haley, their son Holden, and their two dogs Hilton and Stark. Want to get Ryan to rant for hours? Hand him bourbon and bring up the Game of Thrones ending, complain about millennials, mention Iowa State heartaches or politics.

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