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Memorial Day is coming up quickly! Are you ready to kick off summer!?! I sure am!
Typically, we spend the weekend at BBQs and then our neighborhood pool opens so there’s always the first dip to start our summer off right. But being a military family, we also take a moment to honor WHY we celebrate Memorial Day.
It isn’t about the great sales on a new grill, or [finally] getting a 3-day weekend to spend with the family. It’s about honoring those men and women who gave their lives to serve our great nation in the Armed Services.
One way I like to show my appreciation during Memorial Day is to give back to those troops still serving. Whether it’s by providing meals to those who are working on the holiday, or just swinging by with some cookies to say, “thanks.” I know it isn’t easy for them to see the rest of us enjoy our holiday while they are still serving and protecting.
Hubby used to work shifts, so he often worked holidays – Christmas, Thanksgiving, you name it, he was there. What I did love was how many families would send in food, to the point that they had a TON of leftovers for the next few days. The outpouring from the military families and community was incredible. In those hours when he couldn’t be with his family, he knew he was still appreciated. In fact, I think he ate better than we did sometimes! *wink*
One of my favorite shareable recipes, for any occasion, is my M&M’s® Monster Cookie Recipe. These cookies have something for everyone: sweet and salty, crispy and chewy, peanut butter and chocolate. They are ALWAYS a hit at get togethers or squadron parties.
This recipe is so easy to make, and feel free to adjust the mix-ins as you like. I especially love adding in M&M’s® because of how melt-y they get in the oven. The peanuts add in a nice crunch and the chocolate is gooey right out of the oven. Don’t worry – if you eat one or two from the pan, you’ll still have plenty to share!
Did you know – M&M’s® were originally created for the troops? 75 years ago they were created as “rations” for the troops. Seriously – what a fun “ration!”
This year, M&M’s® and Walmart are celebrating the Troops with a great campaign: 1 for You = 1 for the Troops. MARS/Wrigley is showing appreciation of our troops by donating M&M’s® or Skittles® to the troops for every bag purchased at Walmart. This recipe is an easy way to use up these “rations,” and show your support for our troops. For more patriotic recipes, check out MARS/Wrigley .
Look for specially marked M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Peanut, Skittles® Red, White, & Blue, and M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate packages. I found mine near the checkout lanes, but they were also in the candy aisle.
What are your plans this Memorial Day weekend? Do you have any favorite shareable recipes, perfect for BBQs? Leave a note below!