Memorial Day Weekend: Time for fun in the sun (or rain)

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The morning drive today was easy breezy with so many people taking off early for Memorial Day weekend. Normally, our Memorial Day weekend plans involve a lake experience. With all of the rain lately, our lakes are mostly full for the first time in who knows how many years. Hence, the lake experience for many may be a no-go. However, we will not let the rain stop the fun… and we will not have fun in vain. We will make to sure to remember the fallen soldiers who fought for our continued freedom. For the younger generation, maybe a bit oblivious to the real reason for the holiday, here is a tiny bit of history for you:

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America… it  was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle… It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). ~ Memorial Day Organization

Remember Memorial Day
the fallen DennyCraig / Pixabay

Make sure to honor a fallen solider this weekend. Find a plot without any flowers and place a nice bouquet to honor that soldier. While you are enjoying your BBQs, your clam bakes or whatever you do to celebrate the long weekend, make sure to teach the younger members around you the real reason for the holiday because they only know if we tell them. That being said, we know many a soldier who will celebrate this weekend with a few festivities too. Our weekend festivities include hobknobbing with a few of America’s finest soldiers – men and women alike.

memorial day weekend crawfish boil
crawfish boil skeeze / Pixabay

Crawfish Boil

Today is the beginning of another weekend where we simply do not know when to stop having fun. Today is packed full of pickups, preparation and getting our last night of good sleep for the next three days. Tomorrow, we have two parties: one party will last from afternoon to night. Dear friends of ours will have a backyard BBQ with a host of friends and families to celebrate birthdays, remember fallen soldiers and have fun together. In the middle of that party, we will retreat back to our own party for 3-4 hours. We are having a crawfish boil to celebrate a birthday, hang out with some friends and family and just have a grand ole time.

Have you ever had a crawfish boil? If you know anything about us, it is our love for seafood.  And since I am focused on foods easy to digest, seafood and seafood veggies make the top of the list. Crawfish boil is usually made with andouille sausage, corn and potatoes. Corn and potatoes  I cannot consumer right now since corn is not the easiest to digest and well, I just consider potatoes wasted calories. Not a fan. Hence, I will have my portion of crawfish with sweet potatoes and green beans. Sounds good to me.

seafood boil
shrimp, crab, crawfish mmuller / Pixabay
seafood boil
mussels, shrimp and more meineresterampe / Pixabay

Seafood Boil

For those not quite into cracking the tail off a crawfish, we will offer up other options in our seafood boil to include shrimp, crab, mussels and clams. There may be a bit of gorging taking place this weekend by all. But that’s okay! We will have plenty of ways to burn off those calories while we cut a rug to some fun tunes and pretend we can sing with a bit of karaoke. Good times will be had by all.

How will you spend Memorial Day weekend?


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  1. Growing up in Louisiana, crawfish were a weekly dinner staple. Now that I live in East Texas, I get to enjoy them again for a few months. They’re delicious especially with corn and potatoes!

  2. I have always wanted to have a traditional crawfish boil. It sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve done a seafood basket party before, but I’ve never tried crawfish before. I don’t even know how to cook them. I would like to try it! I love these ideas above.
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  3. I hope your family had a nice holiday. We are so lucky to enjoy our freedoms thanks to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Your photos are gorgeous – that food looks amazing!

  4. We had lunch with my husband’s side of the family today. We had chicken, potatoes, salad, beans, rolls, and dessert. It was awesome.

    I am thankful for those men, women, and families who have sacrificed so much for my freedom. My grandfather’s were in military many years ago.

    I haven’t tried crawfish but I do enjoy some good seafood like shrimp or crab.
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  5. I think that its great that you guts gave Memorial Day. We have Remembrance Day in November, when you have Veteran’s day, but I wish we did more to appreciate and remember our soldiers.
    That crawfish bake sounds amazing! I’ve never had crawfish before and have always wondered what it tasted like. The seafood boil made my mouth water. Enjoy your parties!
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  6. Oh my! It’s been a long time since we have had real sea food! This looks absolutely amazing and yummy! I hope you have a great Memorial weekend!!!

  7. I’m in Canada, and we don’t celebrate that holiday – so thank you for giving some background on it! Always good to learn about holidays in other countries. The food looks amazing – hope you have a great long weekend!
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