What Memorial Day means to me…

To me, Memorial Day has always meant a day filled with food, family and friends.  It’s a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer.  I love family gatherings and Memorial Day has always been a day for just that.  This year we started the day off with a delicious brunch – Blackberry French Toast,  Sunday Brunch Casserole, fresh fruit and, of course, mimosas!


Then it was time to hit the lake for some tubing and boating.  We were blessed with the perfect weather and it was a beautiful day.  My nieces and nephew had a great time trying out a new tube the neighbor had given them.

After a fun-filled day of water sports and being on the lake, it was time to prepare for dinner.  My brother is fantastic on the grill, and in the kitchen for that matter, and he grilled up some tasty chicken fajitas and onions.


No fajita dinner would be complete without Margaritas and these are easy and delicious!



We also enjoyed some fried corn and beans that the neighbors brought over – they are to die for!



By the way, fried corn is one of my husband’s favorite dishes and one of the first things my mother-in-law taught me to make when we first got married.  It’s basically fresh corn off the cob (it must be fresh corn, frozen or can corn won’t taste the same) and 3 TBS of butter in an iron skillet.  Saute’ the corn on medium until the butter has melted and coated the corn.  Then turn the heat up a little and let the corn char a bit.  It’s simple and oh, so delicious.



After enjoying our yummy fajitas and great conversation with family and friends, we headed out on the neighbor’s pontoon boat for a nice, relaxing ride around the lake.



Finally, we capped the evening off with the most important meal of the day – dessert!   No summer holiday or family gathering is complete without cobbler and home-made ice cream.


As we were driving home, I started thinking about what Memorial Day is really all about.   It is a day of remembrance.  The reason we are able to have these family gatherings and celebrate together is because of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  If we remember what the day is really all about, it makes those family gatherings even more meaningful and special.  So for me, Memorial Day will always be a day of food, family and friends.  But it also means we should stop and remember those men and women who gave their lives in service to this country and be forever thankful for their sacrifice.

How do you like to spend your Memorial Day Holiday?  I would love to hear your comments below!

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