Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering those who died while serving our country. It is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, so we will celebrate it this Monday, May 28th. The holiday was originally held on May 30 up until 1970. Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. This information is for my blog followers and viewers outside of the United States, who might not know of our traditions and customs:) I enjoy reading their blogs to understand their customs and get to know their land more fully…I feel it helps us bring the world together:) This picture is of my mom and me visiting my dad’s grave at the Bourne, National Cemetery, last year. I like to say my dad passed away on Memorial Day…he passed on May 30, 2013…he would have liked that:)
It is also tradition to celebrate Memorial Day, for being the beginning of the vacation season!! Lots of people have cook-outs…our family gathers together on Cape Cod to remember my dad and to celebrate the season…this year we will meet at my sister Marilyn’s house…on the way to her house we will stop off at the National Cemetary with my mom and visit Dad’s gravesite! The long-range forecast calls for cold weather, especially at The Cape, near the ocean…so I will be wearing rolled up jeans, a beige sweater over a bright red tee and red flip flops will add a casual look for the beach…but to pull it all together for the holiday, I will wear a stars and stripe scarf!!As I’ve often said, my favorite color is red…this is my first BRIGHT red car, a Jeep Renegade…Of course, it matches my outfit🤔
This is a recipe using herbs from my herb garden which I featured in my last post, press here to see…this meal could also be made if you are having company for this weekend, but not cooked on the grill. This is pork tenderloin with an herb pocket down the middle…I’ve been making this recipe for 40 years, it fills the house with the most wonderful aroma and everyone loves it…served with quinoa and a tossed green salad to complete the meal…
Pork Roast with Herb Pocket
1 Pork Tenderloin Roast
1 Tsp. Fennel seeds, crushed to bring out flavor
1 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Pepper
1 Tsp. Oregano leaves
1/2 Bay leaf, crushed
1/8 Tsp. Ground nutmeg
1/8 Tsp. Ground cloves
2 Tblsp. Chopped parsley
1 Tsp. Minced onion
1 Clove garlic, minced
Place pork in the roast pan that has been sprayed with vegetable spray. Cut 1-inch split on top of roast from one end to the other, to make a pocket. Mix remaining ingredients. Use a small spoon to fill the pocket with the mixture. Rub remaining mixture over roast.
Roast meat at 350 degrees, allow 20 minutes for each pound. This roast fills the house with the most wonderful aroma!!
The top left photo is the cooked roast, bottom left is quinoa mixed with chopped black and green olives and chopped pickled red sweet peppers and the meal on the right served with a tossed green salad with avocado, cucumbers and red onion!!
And for dessert, lemon tarts that I bought at the supermarket and embellished them with blueberries and raspberries, drizzled with maple syrup to give them a shine and add a sweet flavor. So easy and makes a perfect Memorial Day dessert to bring for a dinner!!!
Quote from Eric Burdon (from the 70’s rock group The Animals)
On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the people that went into battle. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace…men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.
The flags on the space divider are from some of the countries that represent the bloggers I follow, those that follow me and visitors to my blog…I consider them writers and some poets who make this world a kinder place to live!! In this day in age, we have to think outside the box to create world peace🌎