Ok…..is there any holiday where Americans don’t stuff their faces with food?
New Years – quick eat something before I start my diet
Valentine’s Day – Box o’ chocolates
St. Patty’s – Mmmm green beer, and other food we randomly make green
Easter – Reese’s Eggs anyone?
Memorial Day – Grilling & Boating
4th of July – Funnel cake, cotton candy, deep fat fried oreos (personal fave), giant turkey legs, anything on a stick, etc. etc.
State Fair – (see 4th of July)
Labor Day – Grilling Holiday & Boating (didn’t we just do this?)
Halloween – veggies and fruit….right?
Thanksgiving – Feast
Christmas -Still recovering from Thanksgiving, but pass the mashed potatoes and green bean casserole please
You get the point…..major food hangovers after holidays
Well for our family this MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND was no different! Lots of great, filling carbs…err I mean food.
My birthday usually falls on this weekend (Friday this year) so we get double the sugar intake.
Here are the leftovers from my birthday cake. I didn’t even have time to take a pic because we just DOVE RIGHT IN!
Grill Day #1
Onion Seasoned Hamburgers, Chips, Potato Salad …. Carb-O-Licious
So for the hamburgers you just get 1 pkg of Lipton Onion Soup Mix for every 1 lb ground beef you have. In this case we had 2 pkgs for 2 lbs beef. Then I put a bit of water in there. Usually between 1/2 a cup and 1 cup. I just add more water if I need to.
Form them into patties, grill and add your favorite toppings!
The flavor is a great way to jazz up a normal, regular, boring burger.
Grill Day #2
We grilled some steaks and chicken grillers from the meat market.
Then we made our family’s favorite grill side.
Grilled Scalloped Potatoes
My grandma makes these and she passed the recipe down to her kids. My dad has it mastered and he enjoys teaching my brother and my husband how to be a Grill Master.
You just need to slice up however many potatoes you think everyone will eat. We usually do 2 small potatoes per person. You want them uniformly sliced (thin is best) because then they will cook evenly on the grill.
If there are more than 4 people you will need to make two batches of the potatoes.
You want to lay out 2 or 3 layers of tin foil for the bottom.
Layer potatoes, onions and butter. We usually do about 3 layers of each. This will make 1 batch, good for four people.
You have to use an entire stick of butter PER BATCH! I know! Holy butter! But if you don’t use enough butter the potatoes will burn. The liquid helps them cook. We use unsalted butter….ummm but then we throw some garlic salt and cracked black pepper on top of it all soo….yea
Wrap them tight. Really tight. If you have to do another (4th) layer of tin foil then do it! You DO NOT want the foil falling apart on the grill…then you have a big ol’ mess.
We had them on the grill for about 30 minutes.
We could have cooked them another 5 or so minutes to make them a bit crispier. But I was the only one who wanted them crispy so I got vetoed. (bummer)
If you take them off the grill and they aren’t cooked it could be because they are too thick. Just wrap them back up tight and put them back on the grill for awhile.
What kid doesn’t enjoy Sweet Corn?
We had such a fun time this weekend.
Cohen got to play with some new toys outside.
Oh, of course the stick was the most fun.
Kenley had a water fight with my sister. (My poor daughter with her black tooth haha!)
Cohen loves his Aunt Alyssa
Uncle Braden may have a food hangover?? haha
And because we weren’t full enough….we had SMORES after dinner
My handsome hubby.