Freedom Is Not Free




In the hustle and bustle of getting everything ready for the cookout, or the trip to the beach, or the official start of summer we some times forget why we have a three-day weekend at the end of May. 



Memorial Day is a day to honor all men and women who have died in service to our country.


It is a sacred day in America since no American soldier’s death is insignificant. The men and women we honor today gave the ultimate – their lives – to serve and protect the very freedoms we enjoy with such gusto during this three day weekend and every day in this great country.


So some time today take a minute or two and remember those who serve and those who died serving and protecting our many freedoms.


Remember too, the men and women who serve and come back, yet will never be the same. They carry physical and psychological scars that will never be totally healed. 



Salute To the Armed Forces




  To all who serve – THANK YOU. 

To all who have died while serving and to their families who will always miss them –

THANK YOU for your sacrifice. 




Featured Recipe    Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Hot Dog Statistics

1 hot dogGrilled hamburgers and hot dogs are a Memorial Day staple.

According to The American Meat Institute:

 During Hot Dog Season, Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs or 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period.

U.S. soldiers in military posts around the world from Fort Meyers in Arlington, Va. to Okinawa, Japan to Aqaba, Jordon consumed 2.4 million hot dogs last year.

In 2012, consumers spent more than $1.7 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets.

I am sure you have all seen and/or eaten this recipe or some version of it. It is as old as the hills. My mom used to make plain ‘ole bacon wrapped hot dogs.

Then I went to a pool party one summer way back in the 70’s and someone out did my mom’s recipe. They brought hot dog bites stuffed with cheddar cheese and wrapped in bacon. They were sublime!!!!

Those two recipes are the genesis for today’s recipe.

This is what you will need for 6 dogs:

6 hot dogs of your choice

6 slices of bacon

6-12 tablespoons shredded cheese (I am guessing here) – I chose a mix of 3 different cheeses

6 buns


Here is what you do:

Cut a slit on the dog to create a pocket.


Place a tablespoon or so of cheese in each pocket.


Wrap a slice (or two) of bacon around the dog and secure with two toothpicks.



Place on a broiler pan and broil until bacon is crisp around the edges and the cheese has melted.


Hot out of the broiler.


Place in a bun. Don’t forget to take out the toothpicks. Add any condiments that you like, or eat it plain.


I added catsup and mustard to one dog. I added relish and onions to another.


I saved the best for last though. On mine I added sauerkraut.

Bite in and enjoy.


Bet you can’t eat just one.

Bon appétit!!!


6 hot dogs                  $2.24

6 slices bacon             $1.38

6-12 tbs cheese           $1.92

6 buns                        $0.72

Total cost = $5.74
Cost per dog = $1.44

Quote of the Day

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. 

Joseph Campbell


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