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Since Memorial Day is the official beginning of summer it is a great time to plan a big party.  This is like the summer kick off and the kids know they will soon be out of school.

But we must take a moment to reflect on why we really celebrate this day. It was started after the Civil War in honor of the Union and Confederate soldiers who did in the Civil War. Now of course it is a day that we honor all Americans that have died serving in the military. And we decorate with the flag in a similar way to the Fourth of July. Memorial Day is always celebrated on the last Monday of May. Make sure you remember to fly your flag.

So what are some good party ideas?  Get the recipe for this cool drink at http://www.recipegirl.com/.

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If the weather is warm enough in your part of the country everyone always loves to grill outside and just have hamburgers and hot dogs. Homemade potato salad is always a favorite and for desert I got this at:

http://www.myrecipes.com/.

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Decorate much like you would for the Fourth of July with red, white and blue. Have the table cloth and plates in this color scheme. And the big red cups that we all use and love fit right in.

I always make this party a family party and start around 3:00 because the next day is a school day. If I am going to do it in the evening then have the party on Sunday so no one has to get up early the next day.

When I was a kid this was the weekend that the pool always opened and there would be a big party at the pool. My parents would plan to meet a lot of the family friends there and we kids would have a great time playing, eating and getting in the pool. Another place to have a party like this is your local park or at the beach. Just depends on where you live and what the weather is like. I only hope it is warm for everyone this year after the winter we have had. Well start planning now it will bring some excitement to you.

I love to writhe about southern food since I grew up in VA and you get the best food in the south. I now live in Southern CA so I just have to live without some of my favorites until my next trip to VA.  So today I want to tell you about the most delicious ham in the world. Now some will disagree with that statement and it may be that you have to acquire a taste for this ham, I grew up eating this so I have always loved it. The ham is Smithfield Ham and it is a VERY salty country ham.

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So you may wonder what makes a Smithfield ham a Smithfield ham.  Well the ham has to be raised and cured in the town of Smithfield VA. The process includes a lot of salt and the ham must age for at least 6 months.  When you eat this type of ham it will be like none other you have had. My favorite way to eat this ham is to slice it as thin as possible. My father would always get one as a gift from one of his clients every Christmas and I can remember him spending at least an hour slicing it. Place a thin slice of ham on a small roll (for me not a biscuit, though many prefer this) some butter and heat it in the oven, temp 350.

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Then serve hot. If someone knows about this ham they will love it. You should soak the ham overnight before cooking. Cook the ham then slice, and then place on the roll with butter and heat to melt butter and warm roll.

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Of course now you can order this wonderful food online and it will be delivered to your home so you no longer have to live in VA to enjoy.

Try one at your next party. After writing this I can’t wait to order one and have a party.

June 2, 2014

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