The Perks Of Summer

Summer is the Best Time of the Year

If you couldn’t tell, summer is definitely my favorite time of year.  Not only for the weather but all the outdoor activities.  Plus who doesn’t love long hours of daylight?  Growing up in Michigan we were on the Western edge of the Eastern time zone.  In the summer that meant daylight until almost 10pm around summer solstice!  On the East coast though it gets light very early in the morning.  I’m not a morning person but I’m learning to be due to my son.  He wakes up between 6-7am most days and unfortunately it’s usually closer to 6 😢.

My Garden

I love growing my own food, however, it wasn’t always that way.  My parents started growing a garden when I was in high school because we moved to the country and bought a house that was on two acres.  As a teenager I hated working in the garden, it meant snakes, bugs and getting dirty.  Not too many teenage girls would find that appealing.

When I bought my own house, it was in an actual city where I could walk to a grocery store, if I wanted!  It had a small yard and I found myself wanting to grow some vegetables.  I only had an area that was 12-18″ deep by 15 feet wide but I still grew tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, sugar snap peas, potatoes, mint, rosemary, oregano & cilantro.  I loved it because I could make meals with food I grew (see my vegan pesto recipe)  It was a very satisfying feeling.

green beans

My green beans

green onions and cucumer plants

My green onions and cucumbers

tomatoes, peppers and basil

My tomatoes, peppers & basil

Now my husband and I have a house that sits on a half acre so I have a little more room for gardening.  This year I’m growing tomatoes, bell peppers, hot banana peppers, basil, lettuce, green beans, onions, cucumbers, mint, thyme and cilantro.  I tried planting sugar snap peas at least 4 times but something kept eating them!  So far we’ve only eaten the herbs, cucumbers and peppers, however, tonight we get to eat some green beans!  I have lots of tomatoes on but none have turned red yet so I’m patiently waiting because I make a really good pico de gallo.  I think pico is a great food to define summer and I could just about live on it along with some Late July sea salt & lime tortilla chips.

So Many Activities

I’m sure most of you experience the same summer rush we do.  I don’t know why we try to cram so much in to every weekend.  Maybe it’s because the weather is nicer and there is more hours of light??  What I do know though is it’s crazy around our house in the summer!  Last weekend we had a graduation party on Saturday.  On Sunday we were invited to one friend’s house for lunch and another for dinner.  I couldn’t show up empty handed so I made food for each occasion.  For dinner on Sunday I had been asked to bring a dessert.  I had just bought a gluten-free chocolate cake mix to try so I needed a gluten-free & dairy-free frosting.  I had vegan cream cheese on hand too so I ended up making peanut butter frosting with it and it was delicious (I’ll post the recipe later).

The week before that we drove to Phillipsburg so our son could go to Day Out with Thomas (I wouldn’t go again) because he loves Thomas & Friends.  We have friends (with 3 kids) not far from there and we don’t get to see them often.  After our train ride they invited us over for dinner and the adults actually got to talk while the kids played!  This week were going to Six Flags and because we don’t have any plans for the weekend we will be working on our house and yard/garden.  Next week we’re busy Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Then we have family coming for a week at the beginning of August.

Summer Goes So Fast

Our schedule continues like that until almost the end of September but for the most part I like it.  I love spending time with friends and family and the experiences that come along with it.  My only unfulfilled request is to sit outside with my husband (after my son has gone to bed) while it’s still really warm with a mojito in hand to just enjoy each others company at least once before this summer fades away.


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