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Saying Goodbye To Summer

Friday, August 8, 2014

Okay so really Summer doesn’t technically end until almost the end of September.  But I think it always feels like it ends when school buses start .  And the school buses are coming real soon.  So basically we have a few precious weeks to squeeze in any last summeryness that we may need to get out of our systems before it is pumpkin time.  I came up with a few quick ideas for embracing the last of the slow summer days.  It is not lost on me that half of these involve food.

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1.  Take a quick day trip somewhere close by.  No money spent on hotel rooms but you still get a refreshing little vacation.  We are lucky enough to have mountains close to us for a hiking day trip and I am actually going there this weekend.  What are y’alls day trip options?

2.  Have a margarita party.  Make it late enough that no one will expect dinner, whip up a few quick and easy apps and make a little margarita bar.  Everyone loves margaritas and to me they just feel so much more appropriate in the summer.

3.  Even I, who worship the fall, get a little depressed when all of my pretty potted plants start to get brown and crunchy.  Plant something that will grow in the fall so you can have some green to look forward to.  Here is a list of things that can be planted in August by region.

4.  Go to a baseball game.  We have a new baseball stadium in town and it has become a hotspot.  I haven’t been yet but would like to go and may get a chance if the weather cooperates tomorrow.  Obviously this activity includes eating a hot dog.

5.  Are you getting a little sick of hamburgers?  Try grilling a pizza.  The topping options are endless and little work is required if you buy some pre-made dough.  Plus everything tastes better on the grill.

6.  Round up a group of friends who are young at heart and play a game of night tag.  I spent many middle school nights hiding in trees peaking around bushes and it was the most fun.  Why not give it a shot as adults??  Maybe warn your neighbors first though.

7.  If someone ever asks me what my favorite food is, dips is almost always at the top of the list.  Besides cake obviously.  Cheese dip, guac, buffalo chicken dip, fruit dip, salsa, layer dips.  Once in graduate school, my roommate and I decided to have a dip dinner.  We prepared several dip options and proceeded to scarf them down.  While this may not have been the healthiest dinner, it was surely the most delicious and would be perfect for a lazy summer night.

Do you guys have any great ideas for late summer activities?  I am all ears.  Hope y’all get to do something fun and summery this weekend!

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Summer 2014 Playlist

Friday, June 27, 2014

July 4th has always been a special holiday to our family.  When I was little I would get up early to play tennis and watch Wimbledon, and then rush to spend the rest of the day at the pool.  Our neighborhood pool would make the 4th a pretty big deal, with contests and festivities all day long.  At night we would watch our dad shoot off illegal fireworks until the cops showed up.  Ironic that I’m now married to one :).  It’s hard not to long for simpler times, particularly when we don’t have any set plans for the holiday weekend.  What about you guys?  Do you have any old or new holiday traditions?

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Here are some of my favorite songs of the moment to help me get in the mood of summer. I feel like it is just flying by.  Here is the link if you are unable to play it within the post. Summer 2014 by TwoDelighted on Grooveshark
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Gimme S’mores

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Excuse my dorky post title.  I couldn’t help myself.  Have you guys seen any of the promotional photos of the PoppyTalk for Target line that is coming out on June 22nd?  I have read that it is geared towards “glamping.”  I am not sure about that but camping has never really been my scene.  A combination of having a bad experience at summer camp, being scared of the dark in general, and being completely scarred by the Blair Witch Project make it safe to say camping isn’t real high on my summer priority list.  What does make the list however, is s’mores.  It is gonna be hard to resist those precious floral toasting sticks.  A few years ago I had a s’mores bar at a game night with friends.  It was a real delight and my cousin Bill was so impressed that he still mentions it quite frequently.  Some of the combinations we tried were exceptionally yummy and I thought it would be fun to share them.

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How cute is all this stuff??

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My personal favorite was the St. Lucia because I am a maniac for cinnamon and coconut.  Which one do you think y’all would like to try?

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