Warm weather is upon us and Summer is on its way! Nationwide, people mark the start of the summer with Memorial Day. This holiday, celebrated annually on the last Monday in May, was originally a day in remembrance of those who died during the Civil War. The Memorial Day we know today is an occasion to commemorate all those lost while serving in the United States' Armed Forces.
There are many ways that people honor this day! There are walks, church services, and reunions, as well as more extravagant festivities such as parades and fireworks. This holiday is such a marker for the beginning of summer that the Indianapolis 500 is held Memorial Day Weekend and many stores have Memorial Day Sales!
No matter how you celebrate, food is probably a large part of Memorial Day! To help you prepare for your festivities we have compiled a list of our five favorite bloggers with recipes that are perfect for Memorial Day celebrations!
How's this for a featured blogger -- a woman who has little time and interest in cooking?! We love Kristy because she doesn't waste time making her dishes 'over the top.' She loves nothing more than spending time with her boys, so her recipes are quick and easy. The Memorial Day recipes she has chosen are great because they are crowd-pleasers. Nothing out of the ordinary or strange is ever good to serve to crowds (or kids, for that matter). Kristy even has a list of recipes and mixes for refreshing Memorial Day drinks! She has many delicious options that will add variety and flavor to your pot-luck or family table.
Martha Stewart is no doubt a house-hold name when it comes to food, decor, and entertainment, so why not include this powerhouse in our list of favorite Memorial Day bloggers? This Memorial Day or Fourth of July try Matha's Red, White, and Blue Parfaits! This recipe is great alternative to an everyday-day parfait. With currents and fresh blueberries, this treat is a refreshing way to cool off and it's really easy to prepare ahead of time! The patriotic colors are perfect for your Memorial Day gatherings!
Marla is a go-getter with a love for healthy living. She hikes, she bikes, she skiis, she takes photos, and she cooks only the best and tastiest dishes for her family. Her recipes and travel ideas will keep you busy, healthy, and happy! She has included something many people aren't familiar with in her Memorial Day recipe-pick. Popsicles are a popular summer-time treat, but Marla's Creamed Corn Popsicles are in their own league! These would be a great finish to a barbeque lunch with your loved ones.
Michael Natkin, a former software engineer, stopped working so hard and pursued his real passion -- cooking! A vegetarian, Michael wants to introduce his readers to the wide variety of flavors that vegetarian choices can contain. His Blueberry Napoleon with Crème Fraîche and Raspberry Powder is a colorful, patriotic snack for your Memorial Day afternoon! Blueberries and raspberry powder make give a fresh punch to the cookie-like base.
Yumsugar comes from Popsugar, a website that includes a little of everything --- style, entertainment, food, and home decor! Yumsugar is a great resource for recipes, party planning, photos, and food news! The recipe they have chosen for Memorial Day is perfect for summer days. Ice cream sandwiches are a great finish to Memorial Day picnic, but these are extra special! The chocolate chip cookies and ice cream are perfectly paired.... and then covered in more chocolate! What could be better?