a special feature from Kay & Leslie, founders Grandparentslink.com

Ahhhh, the unofficial start to summer is about to begin in just a few days: the Memorial Day Weekend.  This holiday gives us one extra day to spend time together and enjoy the three-day weekend. After all, can’t you just smell the fresh air, the sweet scent of seasonal flowers, as well as that wonderful aroma of great food for family and friends? These are just some of the things that mark the beginning of a long awaited season for outdoor fun, fresh food, great get-togethers, and entertaining.  (And boy, have we got some yummy recipe ideas to share).

But before the BBQ gets lit, or the salads are made, or the chicken is cooked up, let’s take a moment together with whoever we are sharing this weekend, whether it’s with our contemporaries, or our young grandchildren to tweens to adult children, we need to think about the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Easily we lose focus on what the holiday defines. No one is too old, or too young (albeit the infants!) to learn that Memorial Day is about remembering those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and defended the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.  Go ahead and place a flag outside your home, and let your grandchildren know why.

The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3pm every Memorial Day; this is a great opportunity for children and adults to stop and reflect upon those fallen soldiers. Together say a simple prayer of thanks and take in a moment of silence.  We believe it’s important to set an example to future generations; this engages one of the many advantageous moments we have as grandparents.

Additionally, we’ve got a few great recipes to share with you; we know you will totally enjoy each one of them. We started off with dessert first… just because we can! After all, we pass along our tried and true, the best of the best that we’ve tested in our very own kitchens.

What are your favorite recipes to share? Please take a moment and contact us – we’d love to hear from you. Tell us, what makes your Memorial Day Memorable?

Make your Memorial Day Memorable #2

Best Blondies Ever

From Grandma Charlotte*

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips

1)  Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8inch baking pan.

2)  Combine the flour and soda in a medium bowl, and mix well with a wire whisk set aside)

3)  In a large bowl use an electric mixer to blend the sugar and butter.

4) Add egg and vanilla and beat at medium speed until light and smooth.

5) Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the flour mixture, pecans and chocolate chips.

6) Use a wooden spoon to combine the last two ingredients rather than beating.

7)  Transfer the batter into the prepared pan, and level the top with a rubber spatula.

8)  Bake in the center of the oven for 35 – 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

9) Cool on rack to room temp, and cut into bars.

(You can add variations to this recipe using a ¼ cup sweetened coconut and/or butterscotch chips).

* Grandma Charlotte was a true southerner, born in VA, and loved to bake with pecans and dark chocolate.