Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

Memorial Day 2017 Recipe Deliciousness Roundup

Elevate your Memorial Day foods to a whole new level of deliciousness!  Forgot the dogs and traditional burgers, become a cookout STAR with these recipes!

Oh hello, 3 1/2 day long weekend!  Just look how sexy you are with your carefree attitude, your grilling scents and your tempting dishes. So I don’t know about you but this child is most definitely looking forward to time off. Now while most of you will be chillin’ at some cookouts I’ll be in full TKW mode as I NEED to get at least 2 months of posts typed up and ready to go before I have my surgery on the 9th. Thankfully I have a barrage of recipes done, I just need to edit the photos, type up the recipes and posts. It’s all good though. I can’t just abandon you guys for 2 months.

But this weekend we’re keeping it low-key; no plans, no cookouts. I just want quiet time ya know?  But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to have all kinds of yumminess. I’ll definitely make some burgers and dogs but after making that Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burger, I’m not sure I could eat a plain beef burger again.  It’s so flippin’ good people. And of course Deviled Eggs – gotta have deviled eggs. As for what else, who knows. Maybe I’ll make all of the stuff below and whatever we don’t eat, I’ll make freezer meals so while I’m recuperating, Mr. Fantabulous can eat.

Now there are a ton of recipes to choose from and you’ll see, some use the pressure cooker. Seriously why not use it this weekend?  Save yourself a boat load of time and trouble. You could actually enjoy your party instead of slaving over a grill or oven.  But no worries if you want to grill, go for it. You can make many of these on the grill or better, yet finish them on the grill. And yes you can most definitely make pizza on the grill.

Let the LONG weekend begin!

Memorial Day 2014

One of my friends since middle school posted this on his Facebook wall and honestly this brought me to tears.  Ross, like many of my friends, served this great nation with honor, pride and integrity.  These are his words.

Ross I’m truly honored to call you my friend.

Today I ask on behalf of all living veterans to not thank those of us still around for our service. While we certainly appreciate the wonderful words, I think sometimes we forget that Memorial Day is not meant for those who served and survived.

Memorial Day is for the countless ones who didn’t make it home alive.

Memorial day is for the thousands that landed on Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima, the terrified young men who died as soon as their boots hit the wet sand.

Memorial Day is for the courageous men who froze to death holding their positions in Korea.

Memorial Day is for the brave men and women who battled and died in the sweltering jungle hell called Vietnam.

Memorial day is for all those lost in wars old and new, dedicated to those beautiful souls who,in their youth, were taken from us only to return in flag draped coffins, if returned at all.

While we enjoy this weekend, the parties, the auto racing the barbecues and the beer take one second not to thank we living veterans but think of the Gold Star Mothers. Gold Star Moms are the ones who everyday know they’ll never see their boy or girl’s face as they walk through the front door home from hazardous duty. Allow a prayer, if you will, for those women that war denied that warm, sacred return embrace who’s significance is know only to mother and child. .

Let us never ever forget the men and women who died in all those accidents in preparing for war. Those of us who’ve taken part know, there’s no such thing as a safe military exercise or training operation.

So this weekend when we think of those in uniform let us think of those who , as probably the greatest president ever said “gave their last full measure of devotion”

My favorite song dealing with our country isn’t some hokey, jingoistic, country stars song about how “we’re a gonna beat the enemy up and stomp a mud hole in their chest..”

For this Veteran the greatest song dealing with America and those who died in it’s service is “America the Beautiful”. In that amazing song there are a few lines most people don’t know but should, words that capture what memorial day is.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

So Over the next few days if we are to thank anyone let us turn our gazes to the heavens and murmur quietly in our souls our appreciation for those who now sit in the glow of God’s grace free of the pain ,the strife and the terror of war. And in that solemn moment be thankful to the almighty who saw fit to create such men and women.


Summer Cookout Dishes That Rock!

Ah yes SUMMER is FINALLY here!!!  What better way to kick off the season with some great recipes under your belt!

I can remember as a kid it seemed like every weekend we were having a cookout with our neighbors and friends. The food was simple – watermelon, burgers & dogs, potato & macaroni salad, baked beans, chips, beer and tons of desserts.  We’d always have horseshoes competitions going, tether ball for the kids and volleyball for the bigger kids and adults.  Sometimes we’d start up a softball game (we had 41 acres and also a full size football field) while the music was blaring (another advantage of living in the middle of no where). Mom would cook for days on end and either I’d be in the kitchen helping her or out in the yard doing my best to help cut grass – yes one year I took out scissors to help cut that grass as I was too little to ride the tractor or use the push mower but I was bound and determined to help.


Bbqs, bonfires and weekends outside! So love summer!

Memorial Day Party Foods

I’ve gathered some of my favorite dishes for you to take or prepare for this holiday weekend. Now hurry up and get to cooking cause I’m hungry 🙂

Memorial Day Party Foods

Memoria Day


♥  Smoked Chili Candied Bacon – we’re talking MAN CANDY
♥  Toasted Almond Chocolate Caramel Bark with Sea Salt
Strawberry Margaritta Jello Shots
Lasagna Roll Ups
Watermelon Feta Salad
Tater Topped Meatloaf Balls
Blueberry Buckle
 Chicken Prosciutto Roulade
Cheesy Shaved Beef Stuffed Potatoes
Pittsburgh Slaw
Tomato Zucchini Tart
Pepperoni Pretzel Bread
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
Margarita Chicken Meatballs
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Pretzels
Apple Crostata
Twisted Cheesy Herbed Breadstick Twirls
Watermelon Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
Nutella Tofee Krispy Bars
Stuffed Shells
Raspberry Brownie Trifle

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