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April 13, 2024

Family-Friendly Memorial Day Recipes

Not sure what to make for your Memorial Day party? No problem! We've got the perfect variety of easy delicious ideas right here, plus there's something for everyone!

WATERMELON PIZZA (pictured above)
Start to finish: 15 minutes
1 watermelon
1 cup coconut yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
½ cup strawberries, sliced in half
½ cub raspberries
½ cup cherries
½ cup blueberries
½ cup pomegranate seeds
Honey or maple syrup (optional)
Using a sharp knife, cut off a slice of watermelon down the middle about 2-3 inches thick. Using a spatula, spread an even layer of yogurt around the watermelon, leaving a big of empty space at the top (where your pizza ‘crust’ is.) Layer your fresh fruit on top as you please. Add as many or as few toppings as you like. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for a little extra sweetness, if desired.

(Recipe from

Start to finish: 10 minutes per glass
Servings: 1
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce simple syrup
½ squeezed lemon
3 dashes orange bitters
1 ounce red wine
Place 6 ice cubes in a shaker and fill a rocks glass with ice.
Add the bourbon, simple syrup, ½ squeezed lemon and orange bitters into the shaker and shake vigorously 10 times; strain into the rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Carefully pour the wine on top of the cocktail (it should float on top.) Garnish with a fresh lemon wheel and a luxardo cherry (optional.)

Sugar-free option:
Make your own zero-calorie simple syrup by dissolving your favorite sugar substitute into equal parts water.

(Recipe from Missy Hillock, owner of Chateau Bourbon Bed and Breakfast, Prospect, Kentucky.)

Start to finish: 15 minutes
1 cup low-fat sour cream
1 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dill weed
2 teaspoons dried minced parsley
2 tablespoons dried chopped onion
Mix all ingredients together and store overnight in an air-tight container. Serve with your favorite crackers or fresh vegetables.

(Recipe from Karen Stokes of Karen’s Country Kitchen)

Start to finish: 55 minutes.
Prep time: 10 minutes, cook time: 45 minutes
One 16 ounce boxed white cake mix
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
¾ cup water
½ cup canola or vegetable oil
One 4 serving package of sugar-free or regular strawberry flavored gelatin
¾ cup chopped, fresh strawberries, or partially thawed frozen strawberries
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons to ¼ cup milk (adjust amount to get the right consistency for the glaze)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray non-stick surface of a 10 cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, pour in all ingredients except strawberries. Mix with an electric or hand mixer on low until the ingredients are combined, then mix on high for 2 minutes. Carefully fold in strawberries. Pour batter into the prepared Bundt pan and smooth surface. Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes then invert onto wire cooling rack and cool completely. While cake is cooling, combing butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk to make the glaze. Adjust the amount of milk to get the desired consistency. Once the cake is completely cooled, drizzle glaze on top. Allow glaze to set before serving.

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About the Author

Julie Engelhardt

Julie Engelhardt is a freelance writer specializing in areas such as home, children, family and parenting. She is a substitute teacher in Louisville, KY, and moved from California to the Bluegrass State with her family in the summer of 2015. In her spare time, Julie enjoys baking and has won blue ribbons and Best of Show awards for her creations.