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{RECIPE} Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips


Want a quick, fun, yummy treat to serve at your Memorial Day barbecue? How about homemade cinnamon sugar pita chips? I promise your guests will love them!



  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 stick of butter at room temperature
  • 2 pita
  • 1 pinch of salt
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut each pita into 8 slices.

Combine butter, sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt in a small bowl. Mix until creamy.

Spread the mixture on top of each slice and in the middle. 

Bake for 12-15 minutes checking often. The longer you bake, the crispier they will get.


Enjoy, and Happy Memorial Day!!

{TRENDS} Memorial Day Parties

Need some ideas for your Memorial Day parties this weekend? And how about some free Patriotic and BBQ printables? Take a look at these incredible parties!

(To see the whole party click on the photo or the link...)

Made By a Princess' Patriotic Picnic


Melissa N's Memorial Day/Patriotic


 Eye Candy Event Details' Americana Luau


Caroline T's Memorial Day Party


Claudia S's Memorial Day Family BBQ/Julians 6th Birthday


Brittany S' Memorial Day Shrimp Boil


Free Patriotic Printables by Printabelle

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Free BBQ Printables by WCC

free-summer-bbq-printable-decorations-580x757For more inspiration, check out all the great Memorial Day parties on our site! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Can't wait to see your parties!!

FREE Summer BBQ Printables by WCC Designs

With Memorial Day coming up, I wanted to give away a set of BBQ printables that would work for this upcoming weekend all your laid back summer parties.

Wanessa from WCC Designs created this great set. I love the mix of patterns and the rough-around-the-edges feel.

The collection includes: drink labels, mini party circles, party menus, invitations, a food table sign, blank tent cards and pennant flags.


Take a look at how fun these look...


Thank you, Wanessa, for another one of your fabulous collections.

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

Check out these parties for more Memorial Day inspirations.

{RECIPE} Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Shortcakes

I love this season of outdoor parties and barbecues, and with Memorial Day and July 4th coming up, I've been dying to do a red, white, and blue dessert.

I think strawberry shortcake (with blueberries and lemon zest) is the perfect summertime dessert because it's so fresh and light.

You can prepare almost everything beforehand, then just as you're ready to serve it, either whip up some fresh whipped cream or pull out a can, and you can put these desserts together in seconds. Or better yet, set up a strawberry shortcake "DIY bar" and let your guests make their own.

I promise, these are super easy and absolutely delicious! Here's how you do it...


  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced thin
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8 cup sugar +  3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold butter, sliced
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half + 1/8 cup half-and-half
  • White sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, gently mix strawberries and 1/8 cup sugar. Set aside. The longer this sits, the more strawberry juice it will make.

In a food processor, pulse together flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons sugar, and lemon zest.

Add cold butter and continue to pulse until the mixture looks like cornmeal.

Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture, and pour in 2/3 cup half-and-half.

Mix gently with a spatula or wooden spoon. Be careful not to overmix. It should be sticky.

Pour the sticky dough onto a lightly floured surface. Turn it over a couple of times until the dough comes together. Pat it out so it's 3/4" thick.

Cut out 8 round 3-inch biscuits.

Place biscuits on a Silpat or parchment. Brush the tops with the remaining half-and-half and sprinkle with white sanding sugar.

Bake for 12-18 minutes or until the biscuits have risen and are nice and brown.

While they are cooking, you can make your own fresh whipped cream. It's easy and takes five minutes...


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Place empty bowl and beaters in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill. Beat cream with added sugar and vanilla until the whipped cream makes peaks. Don't overbeat or you'll end up with butter. :)

Once the biscuits have cooled, either cut/break in half, or use one whole biscuit as the bottom and one whole biscuit as a top. Add strawberry mixture, blueberries, and top with whip cream. Serve immediately and enjoy!

If you make some, please send a photo to jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to show off what you do!

And of course, here's Lainey, my official taster, after a day at the farmer's market getting her face painted...

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Happy Memorial Day!

Hope your Memorial Day is sweet!

Hamburger cupcakes

Candy kabobs

Fruit skewers

Red, white, and blue cake

How will you be celebrating? Please add your parties to our main site.

How About this Dessert for Your Memorial Day BBQ?

I'm thinking about Memorial Day and what I'd like for dessert at my barbecue. I saw this Blueberry Crumble with Cornmeal-Almond Topping on Food Network and couldn't stop salivating.

It looks easy and only takes about an hour.


For the Topping:

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds
For the Filling:
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish  or eight 6-ounce ramekins (if you are using ramekins, double the filling).
  2. Make the topping: Whisk the cornmeal, flour, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Stir in the almonds. Work in the butter with your fingers until evenly moistened.
  3. Make the filling: Toss the blueberries, granulated sugar, flour and lemon juice in a bowl.
  4. Transfer the filling to the prepared dish or ramekins and dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Squeeze handfuls of the crumble mixture and scatter on top of the fruit. Bake until golden and bubbly, 40 to 45 minutes.
  5. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Top with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired. (Oh, I desire!)
What are you planning for your Memorial Day barbecue?

Also, if you need any fun free Memorial Day printables, check out these festive party circles.



Even More of Our Printables in Action...

I love these posts. Two people sent me photos of how they used our printables at their parties. I can't tell you how happy this makes me!

This photo was sent in by Rachel F who used our free graduation printables designed by Tea Party Designs. The polka dot cupcake liners are a nice touch.

This photo was sent in by Cook, Make and Laugh who used our free Memorial Day printables designed by Amy Mattes Designs. What pretty burgers. :)

Thank you for sending.

If you  use our free printables, please send photos so I can post them!

Free Memorial Day Party Circles from Amy Mattes Designs

Memorial Day is right around the corner, so here are some free party circles Amy of Amy Mattes Designs designed for us in a jiffy to give away! Thank you, Amy!

Party circles

Download the high resolution party circles

These would work great at all your outdoor BBQs, decorating your burgers, hot dogs, cupcakes, treats... really anything. Get creative, and please send photos to jillian (at)  I'd love to show off what you do.


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