Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy [late] Memorial Day!

I know Memorial Day was yesterday but I was far too busy grilling out and lounging poolside with my closest friends to pause and blog about it. We had a delicious cookout by the pool with shrimp & steak kabobs, grilled corn, baked potatoes and fruit salad. I literally would not have changed a thing we did with the food so I wanted to share this amazing, yet simple, cookout menu with you.

But before I do, I have to say that as fun as drinking by the pool, or on the beach, and grilling out all day with your friends is, we don't have a day off of work and school for no reason. Our veterans worked hard so that we could lounge by the pool all day worry-free. They fought not only for our country, but so each and every one of us could have our freedom, and they still are, every day. Make sure you show those people fighting how much you appreciate it. It's easy to forget that we are in a war when we are safe over here in our warm beds, when our biggest worry is what we are going to make for dinner and if something is too casual/dressy. Make sure our United States military men and women know you appreciate them. Write a letter, hug a vet, send a care package. It will take no time at all, but mean the world to them.

Like I said, yesterday we grilled out by the pool. I particularly like using the grill at my apartment because it's charcoal and I think it gives it a more genuine 'smoked' taste. We decided to make kabobs, grilled corn, baked potatoes, and fruit salad. 

For the potatoes, we actually baked these in the oven since they take almost double the time on the grill. We wrapped the potatoes in tin foil and baked them on 400 for 40 minutes. After they were done we opened them up and added butter, low fat Ranch dressing, and salt.

For the corn, we wrapped up the corn in tin foil and added butter inside the tin foil and threw them on the grill for about 20 minutes. When we unrolled them out of the tin foil all the butter had soaked in and it was amazing!

The fruit salad was simply cut up pineapple and strawberries. We colored the tops of skewers different colors so we would all know which skewer belong to whom. It a really good idea because then you don't have to keep up with your skewer.

The kabobs were the best part. We marinated zucchini, portabella mushrooms, jumbo shrimp, and chopped steak in butter, salt, pepper, and greek seasoning. We then put them on the skewers and grilled them until they looked done (around 20 minutes). They were DELICOUS [and fairly cheap]! :)

In lieu of cookouts, I was browsing Southern Living for party ideas (for when I'm no longer on a college student budget). Here are some of the amazing things Southern Living came up with for a Memorial Day/ Fourth of July cookout! If I start saving now, maybe I can have a festive July 4th cookout!

These napkins/place cards are to die for and simple to make!
Newspaper's faded tones lend these projects vintage appeal. This hat is brightened by a glittery rosette, a blue band trimmed with pinking shears, and a simple name banner in a bold typeface

Thoroughly saturate a 3 inch sphere of floral foam and add in desired carnations. Each sphere holds about 50 carnations. Carnations are inexpensive and can be beautiful if arranged properly! These white and red ones would make beautiful center peices at your cookout table!

I also scanned MarthaStewart.com for ideas and inspiration.

Star Medallion Decorations

I really like this jar of sand with sparklers inside idea. It's very festive, especially for July 4th!

DIY Painted Glasses. This would be perfect with freshly squeezed lemonade!

Napkin, Spoon, and knife covers. So cute!

For more information about these DIY crafts and other unique ideas go to http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/patriotic-crafts

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday and thank you to all my friends and family that made mine perfect!

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