Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Family Cookout

On Sunday, we had family and friends over for an afternoon Memorial Day cookout. 

I made these strawberry, strawberry/blueberry, and strawberry/kiwi shortcakes completely from scratch, from the cake to the whipped cream. They came out deliciously! 

After hours of searching, I finally settled on a Three Ingredient Italian spongecake recipe to use for the cake instead of opting for a heavier, more traditional shortcake. The recipe was simple and straightforward, and I highly recommend it. The cake is delicious enough just to eat on its own! You can find the recipe at this link

We also had baked beans from scratch, homemade macaroni salad, grilled peppers and onions, and salad, which were all delicious, but no where near as photogenic as these cakes! 

Though a bit cool, our Memorial Day weekend weather turned out to be sunny and beautiful. 

Dad and Dave took care of the outdoor cooking. 

Dave flipping burgers and grilling hot and mild Italian sausages. 

We even had corn slow roasted in the fire. 

At the beginning of the day, Dave threw this makeshift table together out of materials my Dad had laying around: a wood pallet, 4 garden stakes, and 4 screws. It was actually incredibly sturdy!  

Our good friends Jon and Anna came by. 

My mom and Uncle Nick. 

Hope you had a good Memorial Day, too! 


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