Thursday, May 23, 2019

This weekend is already Memorial Day and in addition to remembering the reason for the holiday, for many it is the unofficial start to summer – way ahead of that June 20 official start date of summer.  

It’s a fun time to break out the red, white, and blue clothing and foods and maybe it acts as a bit of a dress rehearsal for the 4th of July.  

This first “recipe” we experienced on our trip to Germany.  Some of hub’s family lives there and we had this at several cook outs while there.  Grape tomatoes, mozzarella balls, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a bit of balsamic glaze.  All of these items can be easily found at Trader Joe’s (or any grocer) and this isn’t too bad for you.  


My fruit salad from my student brunch post, but leave out the mandarin oranges – so just blueberries and strawberries or add in apples and bananas to stay on theme with red, white, and blue.  Add 2 TBSP. of instant vanilla pudding powder and about 1/2 cup of lime juice.  


-red, white, and blue potato chips can now be found at the grocery stores!

-blue tortilla chips with red salsa

-rice krispie treats with the special Rice Krispies in stores now that have red and blue in them

-my rolo waffle pretzel with m and m’s in only red, white, and blue (spread waffle pretzels on a cookie sheet and top with rolos – put in oven at 300 for about 5 mins., take out and smoosh down with m and m – refrigerate for at least an hour and they will set)


There’s also this wonderful fruit pizza.  Use two rolls of crescent roll dough and spread on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 8 minutes on 350 or until slightly golden on top.  After it has cooled, spread with cream cheese frosting in a tub from the store and add strawberries and blueberries.  This is always a crowd pleaser!  img_2878img_2789

What are your go to recipes for Memorial Day activities?  



14 thoughts on “Memorial Day Recipes

  1. I make fruit pizza but use cookie dough for the crust. On Monday I am thinking of making lots of appetizers so we can chill by the pool, it will be so hot that’s all we’ll want to do! Have a great day Amy!


    1. I have had that type before too! But, I’ve only ever made crescent roll myself. That sounds like my kind of day! We are hoping to boat and I have to take portable foods!


  2. We usually cook out and hang out in our pool on holidays. That means hot dogs, beans and usually vegies and dip or a salad. For some reason I always think of brownies for summer holidays, maybe because they are so easy.
    I have the same pasta dishes that are in your top photo, but only 2 left out of the set, the parmesan and the garlic ones!


    1. Love cookout food – that sounds great! I’m really craving an orzo pasta salad and that corn dip you may have seen with spicy Fritos on top?
      Those dishes were a wedding gift 19 years ago! I’m sick that one is chipped. So funny that you have them, too! I wish I had a pool! Enjoy, Nancy!


  3. I’m a dessert person, so count on me to always bring something sweet!

    One go-to is s’mores bars. Made sort of like rice krispie treats, only using Golden Grahams cereal, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.

    Another favorite is…and I don’t really have an official name, so I just refer to it with my own name…angel food whippy s**t. Haha! Angel food cake ripped into bite size chunks and pressed into the bottom of a pan. Then mix together cool whip, a softened brick of cream cheese, and sugar. Spread that over the cake, and top with whatever berries you like.


    1. I am more of an apps person! Did you make those at Kelly’s pool party a long time ago? I dream about those!
      The angel food cake sounds perfect for summer!
      You must be busy stuck in the month of May! I haven’t heard from you lately! Glad to see you on here today! K and M are out of school today but I’m not done until June 10!


  4. That tomato, mozzarella salad looks good! I, too, have those same pasta bowls. They were the first Christmas gift my now husband gave me when we were dating! I live in Indianapolis so this weekend is all about the race. I’m making a black bean and corn salsa to take to a cookout.


    1. It’s so good and so easy! How funny that you are the second person who reads my blog and has those bowls! Pottery Barn! I love black bean and corn salsa! That sounds great. Oh yes, I’m from Indiana and know it’s your big weekend. My sister used to live in Plainfield and I have lots of friends in that area. Enjoy, Theresa!


  5. That fruit “pizza” sounds fabulous! We don’t really do anything for Memorial day (cookout wise) but my husband and I are heading out of town this year to celebrate our anniversary.


    1. One of your sons could make it! How fun and happy anniversary!
      Did you see my Tuesday post where I talked about blogs I read? I called your Rashawna but I’m pretty sure that isn’t correct! I hunted all over your blog to find your name! Lol!


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