Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering all the fallen heroes who gave everything to defend our freedom. Heroes who fought bravely since the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century (1775 – 1783).
Communities come together for the annual parade down the main street by first responders, veterans, local business owners, and scouts march waving the red, white, and blue colors while the people clap and cheer.
Scouts place small American flags to mark the brave men and women, and towns usually have a moment of remembrance at 3 pm. It is a powerful and influential day in our history and a tradition we need to continue.
Our Memorial Day weekend consisted of gardening work and enjoying the warmer weather – perhaps too warm for hard labor.
My wife and I had an excellent concert date at the gorgeous Bethel Woods (aka Woodstock), listening to The Who. It’s fantastic to see these older bands pulling a sold-out venue and playing all their great music – although my knowledge of their songs is limited. However, I heard my favorite songs; “Who Are You” and “Behind Blue Eyes.”
I continue my simple is good food, and because of the Memorial Day BBQ feast and our midweek concert, I only have to “worry” about two dinners. Friday is always “let’s grill this shit,” and kids love various salads and sandwiches.
I perhaps went a little bunkers, as we also do, when I did grocery shopping at BJs. Shoppers get pulled into some magical trance and buy too much stuff – stuff we might not need, but the price was too good to be true.
That said, I like to buy stuff for the pantry again, significantly cheaper items in bulk. Also, I bought some drinks and other things for my upcoming AARP anniversary.
I’m finally joining the adult generation and turning 50 years old. That might warrant a garden party with close friends. I would’ve said family too, but it is too far to travel.
Fire up the Traeger. Ready your Dutch oven. Go shopping, and let’s start cooking—another Sunday in the Kitchen with music on the magical Demerbox and wonderful aromas filling the room.
|Monday||Memorial Day – BBQ all-day||BBQ Feast; smoked duck breast, beef brisket, and kielbasa – with cornbread and salad|
|Tuesday||BBQ-light; cheeseburger and fries||Shrimp teriyaki fried rice|
|Wednesday||Shrimp fried teriyaki rice||Family concert evening – eating soul food|
|Thursday||Caesar salad with grilled chicken thighs||Shrimp and Salmon teriyaki fried rice|
|Friday||Pesto pasta with smoke kielbasa pieces||Family grilling on the Traeger; spare ribs and sausages with summer salad|
One day, I might get so organized that I will link the meals below to my recipes. We can only live in hope!
Have a fantastic week, my friends. I hope you enjoy these meal plans. It is so much easier to make food in advance, although you need to invest several hours in preparing the meals during the weekend.
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