A Simple Memorial Day Celebration!! Recipes, Decorations & Free Printables!!

I am grateful for stopping and reflecting on the meaning of this holiday!!  I admit that every day and week fly by so quickly that I might not have paused to feel a deep gratitude for the selfless sacrifice of so many heroes!!  I just finished reading about what it was like to live in East Berlin after the wall went up, and I know I can not take our freedoms for granted.  While you are celebrating this 3-day weekend, I hope you will also express deep felt gratitude for living in the land of the free BECAUSE of the BRAVE!!!

I have put together some simple recipes for you to simplify your holiday preparation. Check them out and give them a try!

Don't you think it would be fun to paint stars on your lawn?  That would get everyone's attention on the significance of Memorial Day!!  There are instructions for that!

There is also a brief history of Memorial Day and some free printables of word searches, crossword puzzles, multiple choice, coloring pages, etc. that will get your brains churning and teach you about this holiday and the blessings of living in such a free country!!

I hope this is a huge help to you and simplifies your celebration!!

I also hope this helps us all realize that we want our lives to shine as an inspiration,  that in a small part shows our gratitude for the heroes of our land!!

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Keeping things simple with these easy recipes!!

I have included the list of the ingredients so you can have an idea of how simple the recipe is.  I also link you to the source for the recipe for all the instructions in how to make them.

3 Ingredient Pulled Pork

Ingredients

1 - (2 lb) pork tenderloin (pork shoulder or butt can also be used)

1 - can (12 oz) root beer

1 - bottle (18 oz) barbecue sauce

8 - hamburger buns

The recipe is from tbsp.  Go here for the full recipe and instructions.

slow cooker bacon brown sugar baked beans

Ingredients

3 cans (28 oz each) baked beans, drained

8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled (1/2 cup) SAVE $

1 large sweet onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup ketchup 

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

This recipe is also from tbsp.  Go here for the full recipe and instructions.

Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 pint cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice

This fres fruit recipe is from Fork Knife Swoon.   Get the recipe instructions here.

Oil and Vinegar Coleslaw

Because you can't have pulled pork without coleslaw!!

 This isn't the best photo, but this coleslaw is delicious!!

This isn't the best photo, but this coleslaw is delicious!!

This is our favorite oil and vinegar coleslaw recipe.  Hope you  like it!!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cabbage, shredded - (We use a 1 lb bag of shredded cabbage mix instead.)
  • 1 carrot-  (Included in the bag of cabbage.)
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste (the recipe does not include this)

Find this recipe with directions at allrecipes.

This delicious beverage is from The Frugal Girls.  Go here for how to make it!

no bake strawberry icebox cake

ingredients

  • 19 oz graham crackers
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • 3½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 banana, sliced thin
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt

This recipe is from Cakes Cottage.  Go here for the recipe.

add some shine for your celebration!!

Tissue paper tassel garland

The instructions on how to make this are at landeelu.

painted lawn stars

This clever idea is from The Concrete Cottage.  Go here for all the instruction and the right kind of paint to use so it doesn't kill your grass.

What Is Memorial Day?

Thought Co put together a history of Memorial Day along with  9 free printables to teach children about the significance of that holiday.  Go here for the most important part of Memorial Day, which is honoring all those who died for freedom!!

Happy Celebrating!!  May you, your friends and family enjoy sharing this sacred day together discussing all the blessings we do not want to overlook!!