Holidays, Happy Memorial Day, Summer is Here!


In the USA, it’s Memorial Day weekend

The official kick off of Summer!





Flags will be proudly waving as we honor the brave





So many have served and sacrificed for our freedom


Flag Bottles


After 2 months of quarantine

we felt it was safe for our family to be together for Memorial Day weekend


Stars and Stripes Bottle


Things really seem normal on the coast





There are more boaters than ever




People are safely enjoying the beaches





Holiday weekends for us are all about staying at home anyway,

We aren’t beach goers,

we prefer our pool and lounging on the deck and porch

We can watch the parade of boats go by

We’d rather cook and eat at home during the summer months too,

and avoid the crowds at restaurants


Star Spangled Buffet


In past years HHjr and I have carefully planned out the meals and menus

Memorial Day Recipes Cook-out Recipes

you can cook inside in case the weather isn’t cooperating



But not this year, we are creating meals as we go, depending on what’s available

It’s amazing how less picky you get once you’ve had to go without for a while…

Do you find you are much more appreciative of things like fresh vegetables now?





We are having the family favorite, Coconut Shrimp, tonight





We discovered that if fresh shrimp aren’t available,

frozen shrimp work like a dream for this recipe




We socialize by boating, and

Friends come by the pier and wave or visit from their boats

So we are actually practicing social distancing anyway





The guys love love to go fishing

Super Boy had great luck catching red snapper yesterday





The only way this year seems different to me is that the little things

aren’t bothering me…





Instead of groaning when I see a mess,

I think, everyone is having so much fun!






We wish you a happy and healthy Memorial Day!


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34 Responses to “Holidays, Happy Memorial Day, Summer is Here!”
  1. Rita C. says:

    The pictures of the kids and their fun are what summer fun is all about, I love them! Now, more than ever, would be a terrific time to have ownership at a beach or camp near water. Enjoy your weekend, Jenna!

  2. Nancy says:

    What a fun Family! And yes… it’s the simple pleasures that are the best. Now more then ever! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  3. Jenna, I am so glad your family is together for the holiday. The photos of the grands are so good to see, a beautiful family having fun! Happy Memorial Day ♥️🇺🇸💙

  4. So right, we have to value the things that matter, friends and family first. The mess really doesn’t matter here either. Those flip flop plates are so fun!! I love red snapper, when is dinner?

  5. trkingmomoe says:

    You have a nice Holiday. It looks like lots of rain here. I love coconut shrimp.

  6. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I’m so happy that you will be able to spend the holiday weekend with your family! I know you all will treasure this time so much! Your grandbabies are precious! I love the fishing photo. It looks like they had so much fun. Take care, and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  7. Rosie M. says:

    Have a wonderful Holiday weekend, Jenna! Loved your photos today. You can almost hear the squeals of joy coming from your precious grandkids while they’re playing! We’re still separated from family right now and I’m truly missing grandbaby hugs. Soon……..
    Take care. I’m going to look over your recipes again and see what I can pick out for Monday to spice up the menu!

    • Thanks so much Rosie! I know you miss your grands, I am so happy to be with my family weekend, things feel normal and relaxed…I hope you are able to have a family gathering very soon…

  8. pattyanneart says:

    Happy Memorial Day, Jenna! So glad you were able to celebrate and spend time with your family. Great pics! 😊💚

  9. Deb cantales says:

    So happy that you are celebrating with your familty Jenna! Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Cyndi Raines says:

    Hot fun in the summertime! 🎶 Your grandchildren are darling! What awesome poolside pictures and fun, great memory makers! Your food line up sounds so tasty. I am going to look up the recipe for the coconut shrimp and would love the cheeseburger quesadillas! The fried pickle potato chips sound pretty tasty too, along with the roasted tomato zucchini boats. Keep the recipes coming! So glad you had a great holiday with your family. Hapy suummer! 🌞

  11. Cyndi Raines says:

    Happy Summer! Lol🌞🌞🌞

  12. Karen says:

    I’m glad you are with your wonderful family. Love the photos of all the fun being had.

  13. Mary says:

    Happy Memorial Day Jenna! Love seeing those sweet smiling faces! What a snapper haul, bet your boys were bursting at the seams with pride. Enjoy the holiday fun with family ♥

  14. Pattie says:

    Happy Memorial Day, Jenna! That coconut shrimp sounds divine! I will be trying that for sure. I do now what you mean about everything looking so normal. I went to Pier One to pick up my final order from them (they had to bring it to me because I refused to get out of the car, ninny that I am), and the place was packed.

    • Coconut Shrimp is a must during every family weekend, we love it! So sad that Pier One is closing, I love that store!! However the last thing I need is more “stuff!” Good for you staying in your car!

  15. lghiggins says:

    What a great way to spend Memorial Day—family a d favorite foods!

  16. thefrenchhutch says:

    So happy you and your family were all together for Memorial Day celebrations. You have the perfect place to be together and stay safe. Love all the yummy food and darling snaps of your grands…….

  17. I think every holiday is festive at Jenna’s! I adore all the colors, the happy smiles, the shirts, the tables… everything! I hope your day was as happy as this post!

  18. Bonnie Morgan says:

    Seeing your family having fun warms my heart. I am so glad you were able to be together and that you could relax. I know how that feels.
    We are headed to St. George Island today for the week. We have been going there for 17 or so years. Our grandson is a senior this year and headed to college in the fall. We haven’t seen them since Valentines so we are looking forward to being with them.
    Have a great week, Jenna.

    • Oh Bonnie, I am so happy you will be doing your annual family beach trip! I’ve never been to St. George Island but have heard wonderful things about it! I hope the week isn’t rainy…but if you’re with family you’ll have fun anyway!

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