Memorial Day Menu | 2017

Every year, to honor Memorial Day, my family goes to a flag raising service presented by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. Then, we do what so many others around the country do, we get together to share a wonderful meal that has all our favorite “cookout” dishes. We tell stories of what we like about his important day and proudly fly our flag.recipes for memorial dayMemorial Day is extra special because if we do this right, we actually stop and acknowledge those brave men and women who gave their lives for freedom. To be clear, I am so very thankful that I get to stay in my own little world that is comfortable, happy, loving and bright with dreams and plans for a wonderful future. Our family is full of rich history of those who have served from my husbands relatives, along with mine and now our son. So, with these humble words, I hope we can take some time to remember this special day, not as the start of summer or just a three-day weekend but as the important day that it is and celebrate all the good things it represents.  

Here’s a few of the dishes A Southern Soul will be serving this Memorial Day ~cheese & tomato crackerCheese & Tomato Appetizer

zesty crock pot crackersCrock Pot Zesty Snack Crackers

salad for a crownSalad for a Crowd

ranch dressing in bottleSemi-Homemade Ranch Dressing

sweet pepper and onionsPickled Sweet Red Peppers & Onions

grilled zucchiniGrill Zucchini & Spring Onions

grilled sweet potatoes with smoked paprikaGrilled Sweet Potatoes

chicken pineapple skewers close upGrilled Chicken & Pineapple Skewers

grilled flank steakGrilled Flank Steak

Cheerwine floatVanilla Cheerwine Float

lemon pound cakeLemon Pound Cake

Have a wonderful day, friends!


Meal Plan Monday #64 ~ Sausage Onion & Greek Potatoes

Howdy, friends! We sure do appreciate you joining us every week. We’re coming in on our 64th week of delicious meal inspiration and boy have we got some mouthwatering recipes for you this week! We’ve got a incredible skillet dish with sausage, onions and potatoes along with a zesty snack pretzels and to top things off, out host feature of hot dog chili sauce is sure to become a summertime favorite. meal plan monday #64Don’t forget, if you’d like to be considered as one of our featured bloggers, just post your recipe below and give us a link back to Meal Plan Monday. Now it’s time to get the scoop on our yummy recipes this week…
sausage and greek potatoesSausage Onion & Greek Potatoes from Southern with a Twist – I don’t know about y’all but this made my stomach growl.

Buttery Garlic Ranch Crack PretzelsButtery Garlic Ranch Pretzels from Big Rigs N’ Lil’ Cookies are perfect for snacking on road trips!

And our featured Host recipe is:43-IMG_9930Hot Dog Chili Sauce from Southern Plate – well I’ll be, if that doesn’t look good enough to eat!

Now let’s scroll down and see what are friends around the blog world are serving up…


Meal Plan Monday #63 ~ Taco Pie

Meal Plan MondayIt’s time for another great week of fantastic recipes from bloggers around the internet! Thank You all for sharing your favorite recipes with us! Our top recipes have breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert covered. WOW, I can tell you now, all 4 of these recipes are on my “to-do” list this week and they are sure to make my family happy. Meal Plan Monday #63

** We really want to show you some love so don’t forget to link back if you’d like to be featured**

The favorite recipe with the most clicks last week was…

Taco Pie from Served up with Love

Here are a few other favorite features…

 Banana Pudding Cheesecake Parfait

Banana Pudding Cheesecake Parfait from Soulfully Made

Are you looking for a homemade recipe Mu Shu Pork? This Crock Pot Mu Shu Pork definitely hits the spot!

Crock Pot Mu Shu Pork from Recipes that Crock

Our host feature for the week is…

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole from BigBearsWife.com

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Pickled Sweet Peppers & Onions

Sweet red peppers along with Vidalia onions all in a bright, salty brine is a match made in heaven. Even if you are not much of a pickle person, you’ll love this combination of flavors when you add them to your burger or along side grilled chicken or pork.sweet peppers in jarI must admit, I’m not a fan of red peppers so when I first tried sweet peppers that had been pickled, well…I became a changed woman! What I am  a fan of is the “quick pickle” method mostly because I’m impatient. I know, there are some things that you just can’t rush but you CAN actually get that delicious pickle flavor without going to all the trouble of true canning.sweet peppers pickling spicesSo, back to the sweet peppers – when I first tried pickled sweet red peppers, the recipe did not include onions. Since I LOVE Vidalia onions, I knew I needed to add them to this recipe. They just add a little something extra and make this jar of goodness really special. sweet pepper and onionsThis recipe is so easy to pull together! These days, you can find 1 pound bags of sweet peppers in the grocery at any time of the year. I chose all red ones then grabbed a sweet Vidalia onion. After that, all you need is some white vinegar, sugar, salt and a few other spices. Throw in a few garlic cloves and a mason jar then you are in business. Please note – you can cut back on or omit the red peppers if you don’t care for the extra heat.pickled sweet peppersIf you need ideas on what to do with your new creation, try topping your burger or hot dog with a pile of peppers and onions. They are crazy good on tacos. I’ve even added them to my cheese platter since they bring a little sweet heat to party!pickled sweet peppers and onions


sweet peppers in jar
Pickled Sweet Red Peppers
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Sweet red peppers and onions pickled in a light flavorful brine. Serve on burgers or along side of grilled meats

Course: Extras, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
  • 1 lb sweet red peppers
  • 1 medium vidalia onion
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic - smashed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes more or less depending on how much heat you like
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  1. Slice peppers and onion very thin and place in jar.

  2. In a small sauce pan, bring vinegar, water, garlic, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, bay leaf and red pepper flakes to a boil.

  3. Discard garlic and pour pickling liquid over peppers. Seal jar. Let cool and store in fridge. Will keep for up to 1 month.

pickled sweet red peppers and onions