May We Never Forget

May we never forget…

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who gave us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag. And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

Memorial Day Thoughts

In the midst of your holiday celebrations – take time to remember that the freedom we celebrate today was not free.

“And I’m proud to be an American,

where at least I know I’m free,

And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me…”

Lee Greenwood

 

The Farm Bash

We’ve got a big weekend planned!

Jan’s entire family is gathering here for a fun weekend of family time. This big ole’ farm house will be bursting from the seams with people and laughter!

Meals are planned and the freezers are full of food.

Frozen Food

The toys are brought down from the attic.

Beds are made and ready in every available piece of floor space!

Every blanket and pillow in the attic is ready to be used.

Beds

The picnic tables have been fixed, painted or borrowed.

The lawn is getting mowed.

Tents are being set up.

Games have been planned.

Birthday Surprises

Surprises are prepared.

Excitement is building as our driveway starts filling up with out-of-state license plates!

Let the fun begin!

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Grilled Venison Burgers

Juicy Burger, Chips, and GreensIn honor of Memorial Day we enjoyed a traditional cook-out with a twist, the burgers were made from venison.

Over the years we’ve had several friends who have given us venison, and it took some time for me to figure out the best ways to cook it so that all of my children would eat it.

This recipe was a hit! We enjoyed the grilled venison burgers on homemade buns with fresh lettuce from my cold frame and potato chips.

(I should confess here that French fries were on the menu and were in the oven at the correct time but I forgot to turn the oven on, so we substituted the chips! oops!)

Grilled Venison Burgers

Mix together:

2 pounds of ground venison

1 egg

3/4 cups of dry bread crumbs (I used whole wheat)

3 Tablespoons milk

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash’s Grilling Mates for Hamburger

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Make into patties and grill. We like to brush the tops with barbecue sauce before serving.

Since venison is very lean, the egg, bread crumbs and milk help to hold the burger together and keep it moist. The extra spices give it some great flavor!

A great American meal to celebrate a great American holiday!