Sun-warmed tomatoes, straight from the garden. We have thirteen varieties this year. I truly, truly can’t get enough.
Farmers markets Even though we have a big garden and a CSA membership, I really love strolling around a Saturday farmers market. We always come home with a treasure. Like the time we bought five kinds of mushrooms – just because. Or some late-season strawberries that we had eaten practically before we left the stall. Amazing breads, greens to die for, radishes in the colors of the rainbow. And all the varieties of squash at the end of the season. Such an adventure.
Dining alfresco Whether an impromptu picnic lunch with the kiddos, a late-night backyard BBQ with friends or an everyday dinner on the back patio. Eating outside is fun. Bonus points for cooking outside too. Sun tea, s’mores, and grilled corn on the cob to name a few. Through some experimentation, we’ve managed to grill a few somewhat unusual things too, like pizza, biscuits and peach cobbler.
The Fourth of July I love, love, love the fourth. A BBQ with friends, sparklers and spinners with the kids, popsicles, watermelon, staying up late. One year (2005) we saw fireworks from the beach with our friends in San Diego. Last year it rained, so the neighbor invited us all to pile into his Volkswagen Bus. We drove to an empty parking lot, popped the top and watched the fireworks display through the window of the top bunk. We’re hoping for a repeat (with or without the rain) this year. Every year, I can’t wait to get my patriot on.
Bare-feet and Line-dried Clothes Ok… I know it’s really two things. But I love being barefoot in the cool grass. I’d run around barefoot everywhere if I thought I could get away with it. And I love the smell of line-dried clothes in the summer time. Particularly sheets. We hang clothes to dry throughout the year, but laundry that’s been crisped by the summer sun and kissed by a warm breeze is just better.
What are your favorite things about summer?