Whew! What a glorious kick off to summer we just had (although it’s still difficult to convince everyone that summer is almost here, considering that we’ve had temperatures in the 60a and 70s all weekend…I’m not complaining!).
We started Memorial Day Weekend by piling into the car right after school on Friday, just in time to sit in 3 1/2 hours of traffic as we crawled our way up to Pennsylvania and my sister’s house. Because my mom was still in the “area” visiting my sister, we figured we’d take advantage of some more family time and invade my sister’s house with our big bunch.
Visiting Hershey Park
After a night of everyone sleeping on couches and air mattresses (how did I end up being the one who got the couch?), we woke up early on Saturday and walked down the street to Hershey Park.
Tip: convince a family member to move down the street from Hershey Park, or make friends with someone who already lives there and doesn’t mind house guests. It makes the park day SO convenient!
My mom and I led 6 kids (four of mine and my sister’s two) through the park and, despite the chilly air, had a fantastic time. We survived!
The two teenagers (one teen stayed home for a babysitting job) paired together and enjoyed all of the roller coasters while Grandma and I took the younger kids to the kiddie rides (hooray for the carousel!).
I was particularly touched when my 8 year old son asked to ride in the carousel sleigh…so that he could sit next to me. Happy times.
We ate popcorn, drank too much soda, and followed around a marching band. And documented it all on Instagram.
Memorial Day Picnic
Our Memorial Day weekend didn’t end with our trip to Hershey Park. On Monday, we enjoyed our annual church Memorial Day picnic, with plenty of watermelon, volleyball, and games of catch.
And despite the fact that my kids are getting bigger, the bounce house was as popular as always.
Pastry-wrapped hot dogs…or “Cows-in-a-quilt”
Once we got home, I wasn’t off the hook for dinner…but I had the perfect plan: fresh corn on the cob, cold papaya and watermelon, and pastry-wrapped Hebrew National hot dogs.
The hot dogs were so easy to prepare and a huge hit. Here’s what you need to make them:
- 1 package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets)
- 1 package (8) bun-length Hebrew National hot dogs
- Sauces for dipping
- Thaw puff pastry sheets as directed on package.
- Carefully unfold one puff pastry sheet on a cutting board. Cut sheet into thirds along the fold (if using homemade puff pastry, simply roll out a thin layer and cut to match the size of your hot dogs).
- Cut each hot dog in half and place a half piece on one end of each cut puff pastry section.
- Roll each hot dog up in the pastry and place side by side on a baking sheet, with the loose end of the pastry on the bottom.
- Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until pastries are light golden brown.
- Serve with dipping sauces of your choice.
Unlike my 12 year old son, I am not always a huge fan of hot dogs, but Hebrew National all-beef hot dogs are nothing like the rest. Full of flavor and NOT full of artificial flavors or colors, fillers, gluten, or by-products, Hebrew National hot dogs are franks that I’m happy to serve my family.
After we finished dinner, I had so much papaya left over that I whipped up a papaya smoothie for dessert.
The smoothie and a little game of Bananagrams were the perfect ending to our family-memory-filled Memorial Day weekend.
What did you do over Memorial Day weekend?
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