Labor Day Picnic Recipes

Labor day is a great holiday to show off your favorite recipes while spending time with family and friends. Here are some Labor Day recipes to celebrate your holiday weekend.



Strawberry Pretzel Salad
1    3 oz. pkg. strawberry Jello       1    stick butter, melted
2    C    boiling water                      8    oz    cream cheese
1½    C    finely crushed pretzels   1    C    sugar
2    T    sugar                                  8    oz    Cool Whip
Mix Jell and water. Add 1 quart frozen strawberries with juice (thawed). Oil bundt pan and pour in Jello mixture. After Jello sets, beat cream cheese, sugar, and Cool Whip. Spread on Jello. Sprinkle with pretzel, butter, and sugar mixture.

Grilled Corn on the Cob
Corn on the Cob
salt & pepper
Carefully peel back husks from the corn, leaving them attached at the base. Remove silk from corn and discard. Smooth husks back over corn and tie with a piece of string to keep closed. Soak corn in cold water for 1 hour. When ready to grill, drain corn, shaking and squeezing off excess water. Place on grill 4-6” from medium high coals and grill for 12-18 minutes until corn is tender. Turn corn frequently while cooking. Remove string and peel back husks to serve.

Barbecued Hamburgers
1/2    C    crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
1    C    milk
1    tsp  salt                              ¼    tsp    pepper
2    lbs    ground beef             1½    C      ketchup
1    lg    onion, chopped           ⅓    C      Worcestershire sauce
3    T    sugar                            3    T       cider vinegar
12    hamburger buns
In a large bowl, combine the saltines, milk, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 12 patties. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown patties in batches on both sides. Place in a large roasting pan.
Combine the ketchup, onion, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and vinegar; pour over patties. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Serve on buns. Yield: 12 servings.
*Originally published as Barbecued Hamburgers in Reminisce June/July 2007, p48

Youth Picnic 2012

Ann Day from the Home Office baked a delicious football cake.

After months of preparation from the wfla Youth Committee (a group dedicated to coming up with ideas for getting young members involved), the youth picnic on August 11th was a success. There were two goals of the youth picnic. One is to allow members to mingle with one another and have a family fun day. The second is to grow the awareness of wfla and involve new and inactive members in a non-intimidating environment.

The face painter had a line for three HOURS!

With over 80 people, the picnic was buzzing. It started with the terrific face painter and bounce house setting up shop. Then, it was time to eat. Local Cedar Rapids lodges provided various foods, as well as providing a copious amount of desserts.

Member Jason Logan tosses balloon to a young member.

Linda Grove (Lodge 500) and Becky Kramer (Lodge 13) put on a few games to entertain the children at the picnic. The first, a water balloon toss, was a smash. However, it was mentioned that some of the balloons were “indestructible.” Smashing water balloons into the ground is a good way to test this theory, as many of the kids found out. The second game was a penny grab, when kids were able to dig through sand and get as many pennies as they could grab!

The face painter’s beautiful design.

Kids enjoying bouncing around in the bounce house.

Another success for the young members was the bounce house. The kids were more than happy to jump the day away in the inflated castle. It was a great way to burn the calories from all the desserts!

One of our bike winners Aidan Wolcott

The final activity at the picnic was the bike giveaway. It was a happy day for two lucky winners, they were ecstatic to win. In fact, the young man’s birthday was in two days, making the bike a perfect gift.

The Youth Committee is excited to get started on next year’s planning. If you have any ideas for the youth picnic, please share below!

If you were at the picnic, what was your favorite part?