10 Ways to Celebrate Summer

IMG_0920Happy Memorial Day! I hope that everyone is enjoying the weekend. The weather wasn’t super hot at the cabin, but I still got plenty of sun time and did a little bit of barbecuing to get me in the mood of the season. Summer is truly my favorite time of year and in honor of the long weekend and holiday, I thought I would put together a list of ways for you to celebrate. You’ve got the next three months to do all of these things, so no excuses!

1. Go on a picnic. Picnics are so hot right now. Grab a basket, cheese, crackers, and wine then head to your local park to bask in the sunshine and people watch.

2. Barbecue. Get a grill and use it to make an entire meal. Start with grilled bread and cherry tomatoes with burrata. Make burgers or pull the backbone out of a chicken and grill it under bricks. Serve with a grilled vegetable salad. For dessert make grilled pound cake and grilled peaches and serve with vanilla ice cream.

3. Swim. During the summer, I try to swim once a week. There is something so cleansing about it. Oceans, pools, rivers, lakes — there has to be someplace nearby where you can relish in a cool body of water.

IMG_13874. Make a pie. Follow Martha Stewart’s pate brisee recipe for the dough, then use the freshest, most ripe produce (strawberries, cherries, apricots, etc.) you can find.

5. Make cocktails. Mojitos, margaritas, sangria, piña coladas — all of these beverages scream summer.

6. Host a party. Summer entertaining is the best. Keep the menu simple. This time of year, just let the produce — tomatoes, corn, stone fruit — shine.

7. Drink pink. Rose is the unofficial wine of the season. If you don’t believe me, refer to yesterday’s Food & Wine section in the San Francisco Chronicle.

8. Be a tourist. If you have the means, plan a trip to someplace you’ve never been before and discover a new city. If you’re low on funds, explore a new part of the city you live in.

9. Go to a baseball game. Wear your team’s colors. Drink beer. Eat a hot dog and garlic fries.

10. Slow down and be happy. Enjoy that glass of spiked lemonade on the porch. Read a book instead of scouring a million blogs online. Sleep in. If you can’t do this sort of thing in summer, when can you do it?!

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