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Tag: Memorial Day

Grill Night Basic Seasoned Hamburgers

Food tastes so much better when cooked on a grill. From meats to vegetables and fruits the flavors just burst with excitement. Unfortunately, we do not have a grill, yet. But, we are still able to enjoy typical BBQ fare roasted in the oven or […]

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

When I was 16 turning 17 my best friend’s family invited me to join them on a cross country trip. Equipped with R.E.M’s “Out of Time” album and C&C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat”, we made our way to Texas to visit Beverly’s Friends […]

Cucumber Salad with Dill Yogurt

A friend of mine from Houston Texas introduced me to the pleasures of cucumber salad. She was obsessed with cucumbers and red onions in vinegar. We ate bowl fulls to curb our hunger.

I am the only one in the house who will eat this type of stuff. Stephen is anti condiments especially anything that closely resembles mayonnaise. The kids will only eat salad with Ranch dressing but they will eat cucumbers. I halved the recipe mixing their half with ranch and my half with yogurt rather than sour cream. I wish my friend were here to share a bowl.

Source: Rachael Ray
5 cucumbers (about 2 1/2 pounds)—peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced on an angle 1/4 inch thick
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 small red onion, thinly sliced

In a colander set over a bowl, toss the cucumbers with 2 teaspoons salt. Let drain for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, apple cider vinegar, dill and sugar. Add the drained cucumbers and the onion and toss. Season with pepper.

Italian Steak and Bread Salad

I enjoy making my own croutons, because they have more flavor than the store-bought kind. It is also another way of using up day-old bread or the crust cut off of the kids sandwiches. I changed the original recipe up a bit mostly because I […]

Chicken Cordon Blue Panini

Last year, I snagged a grill/panini press for a phenomenal $40.00. We have not pulled it out for a few months. I was surprised to hear Mason request a grilled sandwich for lunch a week ago. Since then, we have been heating up ham and […]


Originally called Decoration Day, in honor of the soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War, Memorial Day has since become a day to commemorate Americans who have died fighting in all wars.
The first use of the name “Memorial Day” caught on in 1882. Yet, it was not declared the official name until 1967. Since May of 1971 Memorial Day has been celebrated on the last Monday of the month.

Many observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Every year volunteers place an American flag on each grave in the National Cemetery. Friends and family members gather to continue the tradition of decorating the graves of loved ones. Memorial Day is a great opportunity to discuss with our children the history behind the holiday as well as, the many benefits we enjoy as a result of the ultimate sacrifices of brave men and women who died defending our freedom and liberty.

In addition to honoring the memory of the military, Memorial Day marks one of the longest standing traditions since 1911, the Indy 500. It is also viewed as the beginning of summer and serves as a time for family gatherings, picnics and community celebrations.

You can start your own family traditions to make Memorial Day more than just a three day weekend.