Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is observed each year on the last Monday in May. On May 25, 2020 we honor and remember all the men and woman who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Memorial Day is also a day to remember all loved ones that have passed away.
Traditionally on Memorial Day, the flag of the United States of America is raised briskly to the top of the staff then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position where it remains until noon. At noon, it is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country. Raising the flag at noon signifies the nation lives, that the country is resolved not to let their sacrifice be in vain but to rise up in their honor and continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.
Memorial Day is known to mark the beginning of summer. See also National Wine Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Attend Memorial Day services in your community. In your own way, pay tribute in remembrance of service members who have died while serving. Use #MemorialDay to post on social media.
Our family typically honors this holiday with a barbecue. We never forget those, some members of our family who have given their full measure of devotion, for the freedoms we enjoy.
Find recipes for great food here. Check back often as we are always expanding the collection. Whether it’s Fall off the Bone Baby Back Ribs, deviled eggs, Cheesecake Fruit Salad, Easy Broccoli Salad, Cucumber Tomato Salad, or something else that you fancy.
If you do fire up the grill you might want to cook a little extra. Not only does it make great leftovers or a full meal, throw on some burgers and a brisket for National Hamburger Day on May 28th and National Brisket Day also on May 28th.
Honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the military, Memorial Day has been kept in various forms in the United States since the end of the Civil War. General John Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 5, 1868. On May 30 Decoration Day was first observed.
General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery. Generals Grant, Howard, Logan, Pane, Wool, and Hancock attended the ceremony, and volunteers decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.
Across the country, humble tributes occurred on that first Decoration Day. Just outside Fort Stevens near Washington, D.C., there was a small cemetery where 40 soldiers were buried, one of whom belonged to a widow from Northern Vermont. He was one of three sons she lost to the war. On Decoration Day, she went to the cemetery carrying 40 wreaths for 40 graves.
Someone placed a laurel wreath upon the head of a Lincoln statue at City Hall, Washington D.C.
In Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroads transported passengers to the Spring Grove Cemetery. Flags were displayed at half-mast along the routes. Floral wreaths were placed on the soldiers’ graves and speeches made. Many of the first Decoration Days recognized only the Union soldiers, though some included the Confederate soldiers as well. Over time, the day grew to include all those soldiers lost during the conflict.
Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and now honors all U.S. military personnel who have died during a military conflict. Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30 until Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed the last Monday of May.
May 18 marks a fun holiday, National No Dirty Dishes Day. This is a day that gives us all a break from the regular daily routine. There are two options for this day. You can eat all meals out. If that is possible, would also be a bonus treat. Or, you can use disposable paper plates, cups and silverware. To stay earth friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils. Use #NoDirtyDishesDay to post on social media.
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1/2 medium cucumber grated with extra moisture squeezed out
1/2 tsp salt (1/4 tsp if on low salt diet)
2 tsp vinegar
3 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp dried dill
Combine all ingredients mix well use blender or food processor if desired.
Cover and place in refrigeration while getting ready to assemble Gyros so the flavors can blend. Great for Gyros, and even on monster sub sandwiches in summer.
The trick to these, like so many have discovered. Is getting the texture and spices into those delectable slices of Gyro meat. After much research, trial and error this is what I have perfected.
As this takes a good bit of time and work, I highly recommend making the meat ahead of time in enough quality to freeze several packages for future use.
When done well it tastes just like they make at our favorite Greek restaurant.Toufayan Bakery, Whole Wheat Tandoori Indian Flatbread, All Natural, Non-GMO (Whole Wheat, 3 Pack)
by Toufayan Bakeries
1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
1/2 medium cucumber chopped or shredded
Halved Grape or Roma tomatoes chopped
4 or 5 strips if Jen’s Gyro meat or chicken strips
Crumbled feta cheese
Flat Naan bread if you can’t find it, large flour tortillas work well
2 Tbsps Tazziki Sauce
Using on piece of Naan flatbread or tortilla fill with Gyros Meat or Chicken strips
Add red onion slices, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, and Taziki Sauce.
Roll into tube enclosing one edge. Use aluminum foil to hold closed edge if desired.
This will quickly become a family favorite. You can add black olives or even shredded lettuce if desired.
1lb ground lamb
1 lb ground beef
3 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp Onion powder
1 1/2 tsp Marjoram
1 tsp Rosemary
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
Silicone Bakeware Set | 3-Piece Professional Non-Stick Silicone Baking Set by Boxiki Kitchen | Includes Round Cake Mold Pan, Square Cake Mold Pan, Bread Loaf Mold Pan
by Boxiki Kitchen
- Preheat oven to 325°
- Add beef, lamb, onion powder, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, salt and pepper to food processor.
- Process for 1 – 2 minutes until thick paste forms.
- Smooth mixture onto lined baking sheet with edges. About 1 – 2 inches thick.
- Press firmly into rectangle shape.
- Make sure to pack firmly together. (A loaf pan can also be used just make sure it’s filled only a couple inches high.)
- Bake for 20 minutes, taking care not to over bake it. Drain any grease from pan, if using loaf pan, about halfway through bake time.
- Let stand and cool at least 10 minutes before slicing.
Yield: Makes 5 Dozen
Time: About 30 minutes
We’ve been making this recipe for years. We have to make at least 4 batches for Christmas alone. Last year Mom found out about the variety of baking chips available. So we made regular, Andes mint, Bailey’s, Ghiradelli Dark, Butterscotch, and Cinnamon chips. (These are great in Bisquick scones too!)
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups/12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Heat oven to 375.
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
- Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
- Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
- Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. (I use silicone baking mats for easy clean-ups.)
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Love to bake? These classics are timeless and you can alter the basic recipe with everything from chocolate chunks, and flavored baking chips to adding extra cocoa powder and sugar for a double or triple dose of chocolate.
Did you know there was a scientific study done that says chocolate can contribute to your physical and emotional health? It’s true it’s based on the numbers but chocolate can even affect the pleasure center of your brain.
On May 9th raise your glass and toast National Moscato Day. Moscato, or Muscat in Italian, is one of the oldest known variety of grapes grown in the world.
The grape can be white to almost black and the flavor from sweet to dry. Because of this, it is quite versatile and is used to make everything from sparkling and dessert wines to dry and floral wines. Where one Moscato may pair well with a steak, another will go well with fresh fruit and a sharp cheese plate.
In February of 2012, it was reported that Moscato wine became the third most popular white wine consumed within the United States.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMoscatoDay
Prepare a nice plate of fresh cheeses and fruit. Grab a bottle of your favorite Moscato and pour a glass to enjoy the day. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive.)
Use #MoscatoDay and #NationalMoscatoDay to share on social media. A great way to enjoy some of that quarantine time.
NATIONAL MOSCATO DAY HISTORY
In 2012, the Gallo Family Vineyards created National Moscato Day. The Gallo Family Vineyards is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1933.
NATIONAL BIRTH MOTHER’S DAY