I have to say, it’s been so fun since the beginning of the year to spend holidays with my family! We haven’t done this for a couple of decades so my kids and I have a lot to make up for. This year, for Memorial Day weekend, we’re going to be doing some grilling like we did for Mother’s Day a couple weekends ago! After Doodle’s baseball game last night he and I headed over to Martin’s.
We had such a fun time grilling I convinced dad he needed to do it again! Mom and I talked and agreed we should have a variety this time: burgers, brats, and steaks! Yes, I’m a meat and potato kind of gal!
Last year I started doing a lot of grilling and really enjoyed it. I tried everything except chicken! I was a little nervous I might not cook it through enough! We had steaks, burgers, brats and pork chops! I think getting my digital thermometer last year helped me to feel like I was more safe grilling. Oh, and I love charcoal grilling. Gas grills scare the nonsense out of me. Needless to say, the boys were pretty impressed with my skills and Buddy pretty much asked for burgers the entire summer!
So, grilling on another weekend meant stocking up on salads, dips, veggies. Instead of just t-bone steak that we had for Mother’s Day, Martin’s had Grass-Fed beef rib eye so I grabbed a couple of them and a porterhouse! I also picked up some beef patties and brats! Listen, my dad served in Vietnam and my brother is Army Guard. And while Memorial Day is to remember those we’ve lost, I want to also honor the men who served and continue to serve. I want them to sit back, relax and enjoy the day!
In the past we either went up to Aitkin to spend the weekend with Gram or stayed home and gone to the Memorial Day parade. We always had bocce ball and other lawn games and since we aren’t going anywhere as a family this year, grilling outside and chillin’ in the backyard is exactly how we want to spend our Monday. Gram always had angel food cake and strawberries to pour over it. We miss spending that time with her and like to remember her in these little ways! So yes, I picked up the angel food cake (and forgot the frozen strawberries).
Have I mentioned my parents have a fantastically, big backyard? The boys and I have a bocce ball set back at home and it would be so much fun to pick up a badminton, horseshoes and croquet. Doodle is a huge fan of picnics and truly loves setting everything up. Last year he wanted to do it over and over again. He’s so sweet! We could bring our potato salad down and our broccoli salad! Put everything out, if we had a huge enough blanket, so the whole family could sit together! Sigh…staycations really can be so nice!
The last thing I did pick up, was a bottle of bug spray! I think I’m going to seriously need to invest in a truck load of that stuff because there are more bugs here than in MN and I didn’t think that was possible! I hadn’t even thought of it during the planning and shopping so when I ran across the display I did a happy dance!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Are you prepared for Memorial Day? What’s your number one “must have” for holidays like this?
Words Woven by Mimi B at 9:19 AM