Friday, August 30, 2013

Before Summer is Over...

There is no denying that summer is fleeting but before it is over why don't you...

Go Outside and Read an Entire Book

 Dip Your Toes in the Water

Go For a Bike Ride

Listen to the Ocean in a Seashell
Eat an Ice Cream Cone
Go Skinny Dipping

"Summer's lease hath all too short a date"
- William Shakesperare

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Grilled Corn

Is there anything better than fresh corn in the summer! Nothing completes a summer meal or barbeque like grilled corn and here is a great way to add some zip to yours:


Fresh ears of corn
Sea salt
Chili powder
Ice cubes
1.  Shuck the corn. Put the ears in pairs on pieces of foil and fold the edges.
2.  Put a piece of lime and butter on each ear and then sprinkle with chili powder and sea salt.
3.  Put two ice cubes on each pair of corn and fold up the foil into a packet.
4.  Place the packets of corn onto the grill and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Adirondack Chairs

Photo by Rare Brick
The first Adirondack chair was created in 1903 on the banks of Lake Champlain near the Adirondack Mountains by a man named Thomas Lee who wanted his family cottage to have comfortable lawn chairs to sit on in the summer. 
One of my favorite memories of our summer cottage was the original white Adirondack chairs that were perfectly placed - looking out to the lake.  I spent hours reading and daydreaming in those chairs and I remember my parents and their friends taking them over at cocktail hour.   
The Adirondack chair has certainly gone through some changes in the past 100 years but it is still the same recognizable, comfortable chair that almost anyone would want to relax in at a summer cottage, by the water with a book or in a circle with friends watching the sunset.
Photo by Rare Brick

Monday, August 19, 2013

Watermelon Sorbet

To me melons are the official fruit of summer as nothing tastes better or keeps you nutritionally hydrated on hot days since they are water saturated.  My personal favorite is watermelon and here is a fun way to enjoy it and keep cool:
 Watermelon Sorbet

Half of a watermelon sliced lengthwise
Small can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed and undiluted
Large can of crushed pineapple, undrained
Sugar to taste
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

1.  Scoop the watermelon flesh and put it in a blender or food processor.  Process it until it is smooth.
2.  Pour the puree through a strainer into a bowl, discard the pulp and seeds.
3.  Measure out 8 cups of juice.  Add the lemonade concentrate, pineapple and sugar.  Stir until sugar dissolves.
4.  Pour the mixture into a 13 X 9 inch pan.  Cover with platic wrap and freeze until firm.
5.  Break the frozen mixture into chunks.  Place half of it back in the blender and process until smooth.  Repeat with the second half.

Garnish with fruit or mint and ENJOY!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Beach Reads

I am sorry for my absence but Summer was calling and I just had to answer!  We have enjoyed a few little get-aways, time at the Lake and I have been lucky enough to be hanging out at the beach with some great books.  Some of my summer reads so far have been:

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
Island Girls by Nancy Thayer
Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinski
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (absolutely loved this book)

This weekend I will be off to the lake and my beach chair with The Summer Everything Changed by Holly Chamberlin. 

I hope you are enjoying your summer and have a wonderful weekend!
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