Memorial Day Week-end!
Memorial Day Week-end is a time to kick off the summer fun, but it is also a very important time to remember family and friends who have passed away and also all the men and women who have served in our Military and are currently serving!
Growing up, our family would pick flowers in the early morning hours (from our roses, peonies and other flowers in our gardens) and make bouquets to take to the various cemeteries where our loved ones were laid to rest.
Many times we used Mason Jars for vases and we would tie pretty ribbons around their girth and after Memorial Day we would go back to the cemeteries and pick up all the containers we had so lovingly placed at each grave-site.
Now, many people are painting their Mason Jars and it makes for a very pretty arrangement. I have these various shades of pink Mason jars in my Utility Room…and they are lovely!…just a thought for sprucing up your Memorial Day Flower Bouquet. 😉
Actually, the jars are pretty easy to paint. All you need is a sponge paint brush and paint! Some crafters add a few drops of Dawn dish soap to their paint.
In the past,…For the young baby (sister) we lost, we used special little vases shaped like a lamb or chick or some sort of baby animal. We would insert white spirea spires (which lay lazily over parts of the little vase) and clusters of miniature pink roses.
It was always a solemn day…we will never forget those who serve(ed) our country as well as a joyous day.
Joyous, because we would all get together for a family picnic later in the afternoon… which always included cranking home made ice cream!
This year will be no different!
The Captain and I will be cranking home made ice cream….:)
We had to replace the old green freezer about 12 years ago with the brown one above. ;(
Ok,… the Captain will be cranking the old White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer on Monday afternoon…. but I will be supervising! That is what I do best! 🙂
….and then he will pack it with salt and ice and top it with old towels we use for just this purpose! (The Ice Cream ripens when it is “packed”. )
Instead of hamburgers or hot dogs, I will pop a slab of ribs in the smoker.
The Menu is printed out below ….and the recipes and pics will follow soon!!
Our plans are really no plans….
And after eating (or before), we will swim, visit and/or reflect!
What are your plans for the Memorial Week-end Holiday?
Whatever you do,
please do it safely!
“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.”
(that great Thin Cocoa Cake in my recipes)
Home Made Vanilla Ice Cream
Sandy Marshall says
Oh, Kari, you brought tears to my eyes with this post. The memories are too precious to ever forget. I miss all of it, but so many members of our family are gone and often nothing gets celebrated these days.
The only thing I did was put out a small flag by our mailbox. I couldn’t get up to Eudora to put flowers on our families’ graves. Thank you for a wonderful post.
Special memories of your past Memorial Days! I remember as a child always going to the town parade. Now days it is always spent with family at the beach house. This year we celebrated on Sunday because the guys wanted to go fishing on Monday and were gone all day. We also had ribs, our tradition, with corn on the cob. Lucky you to have homemade ice cream, I’m sure it’s divine!
Kari, I loved your post today. The reminder of how wonderful peonies smell and good old home made ice cream makes me home sick for the old days. It’s going to depend on the weather what we do for Memorial Day.
Happy Memorial Day!
Thanks Sandy! I miss the days of all the family together celebrating just being together!
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