QUOTE FOR MEMORIAL DAY:
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” – Arthur Ashe
Source : inspirational quotes and quotations.com
This week, we offer some picnic food ideas, a garden update, thoughts on Memorial Day and, of course, the bears.
Memorial Day starts the picnic season and even though we can’t grill outdoors at our home, we enjoy grilling indoors on our grill pan. Here’s a nutritious twist on bacon-wrapped hot dogs which still offers great grilled taste.
Zucchini Wrapped Hot Dogs
Skip the bacon and add some vegetable goodness to your hot dog!
Hot Dog Wrap
You will need:
- Your favorite hot dogs – turkey, beef, whatever you like. (Tofu?)
- Medium zucchini, washed
- Vegetable spray for grill pan
How to prepare:
- Using a vegetable peeler, cut zucchini lengthwise into strips.
- Place zucchini strips on oiled grill pan.
- Grill zucchini for 1 minute on each side.
- Wrap one or more grilled zucchini strips around each hot dog.
- Grill zucchini-wrapped hot dogs to your preferred level of doneness. (Double grilling the zucchini gives it a meatier flavor.)
- Serve with your favorite toppings. (See below for one of our new go-to relishes.)
Giardiniera is a spicy mix of pickled vegetables. We saw this tip on Rachael Ray’s show and decided to give it a try. It is delicious!
Place the contents of a drained 16 oz. jar of giardiniera in the food processor. Pulse until consistency of pickle relish. It’s a delicious topping for hot dogs or your favorite sandwich. Also great as a topping for chicken or fish.
Check out last year’s blog for more ideas:
It’s been a cold spring, and we are just beginning to put our garden together. Last weekend, we bought a cherry tomato plant, 2 pepper plants (one hot, one sweet) and 2 trays of Impatiens.
Kevin enjoyed starting the planting. He planted the red Impatiens below the hummingbird feeder because the hummingbirds are attracted to the color red.
Memorial Garden Decorations
In our garden, some of our ornamental items are in memory of loved ones no longer with us.
Our garden bee is in memory of our niece and dear friend, Christine, who was, among many things, an avid gardener and beekeeper. The flamingo watering can is in memory of our beloved friend, Sondra, who always had flamingos in her beautiful garden.
The angel below is in memory of Kevin’s mom, Irene, who had a special relationship with angels. It sits on a shelf created by Roy’s late father, Bill, who also owned the wind chimes pictured to the right. We think these mementos, coupled with a garden of flowers and vegetables, make a beautiful tribute to life and those we love.
Plant Stands? Perhaps!
We are planning to use these two ladders as plant stands. The bears want to paint them. (Hmm – not sure how that will work out!)
GROWING GREEN ONIONS
Kevin’s sister, Christine, told us about this fun idea.
Buy a bunch of organic green onions from your local grocery store. Put in a glass of water, root side down. Trim onions as needed for your favorite recipe. The onions will grow back remarkably quickly. Change the water as needed. Could not be easier!
Here is our plant and some pictures of the growth after cutting the three stalks on left:
1 day’s growth after an initial trim:
2 day’s growth:
3 day’s growth:
4 day’s growth:
Amazing, instant success – great for kids!!!
Food Art: PEPPER PETALS
Our furry friends were successful! With a quick coat of paint, the small old ladder makes a great plant stand!
Last, but not by no means least, we salute our fathers, both of whom served our country during World War II.
Roy’s father, William J. Drew, Jr.
Kevin’s father, Warren Wollschlager, shown with new bride, Irene.
We thank all those who serve to protect our freedom, past and present.
Roy & Kevin