I remember that so many of my teachers would start out the year by having us write an essay based on this question,“What did you do over the summer?” My summer adventures usually included, camping, vacations, staying with my Grandparents, bike riding, swimming, babysitting, sleep overs, and playing board games.
On the first day of school I always had “butterflies” in my tummy! I was just sure I was going to be sick. I’m not sure what I was afraid of because I liked school, got good grades and always had plenty of friends. To this day when I am faced with doing something new I still get those butterflies in my tummy.
Looking back at this past Summer I am reminded of how busy we were. No wonder the time flew by so fast! Since this is a “food” blog I have to include a view of our favorite eats!
I kicked off the Summer with the Small Change Challenge. Many of you joined me and we made some positive healthy changes in our exercise programs and our food plans.
Participated in the Open Nature Longest Picnic Table Event for the Guinness Book Of World Records. This was a fun day spent in San Fracisco with Hubby Tom.
Tried making Indian food for the first time with this Chicken Biryani recipe. Total Success!
Katy said these Asian Style Turkey Burgers were the best turkey burgers I have ever made. That is high praise from a tough “food critic.”
The Cuisinart Ice Cream maker was humming as I tried a few new recipes for frozen treats that were sure to please. It all began with this Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream. That was so delightful that I had to try my hand at making Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt.
To work off all the calories from those tasty frozen treats we took to the trails and enjoyed amazing hikes. The Lands End Trail in San Francisco, Muir Woods, Mt Tam, and closer to home Hidden Falls Trail. One of my favorite places to visit Lake Tahoe!
I almost forgot about the house painting and bathroom remodeling. I had a work crew in the house and outside for a week. I baked treats for the workers every day in order to channel my nervous energy! I didn’t think I would ever get all of the construction dust cleaned up, but eventually I did.
Oral surgery in July slowed me down for a while and I discovered how to eat my meals through a straw and explored the adventures of soft foods. Jan from Writing to Wellness shared her high protein shake with me and it soon became a main meal for me as I took life one sip at a time.
As Summer comes to a close I have to say that although I enjoyed our Summer adventures, I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures of Fall. We are still having hot weather in the 90′s here. Soon it will cool off and I am thinking about all of my favorite Fall foods. Chili, beef stew, all kinds of homemade soup, butternut squash, apples, cranberries, hot oatmeal, hot tea and piping hot roasts out of the oven – yum!
I also look forward to going for hikes and bike rides in cooler weather. Crisp morning air that requires wearing a jacket for my walks. Sitting on our patio in the evening with the patio heater on to keep us warm while sipping on hot tea. The change in seasons are always something to look forward to.
Add Your Thoguhts
What were your Summer highlights?
Do you have a favorite season?
What do you like most about Fall?
Spring and Fall are my favorites. I’m a fair weather gal, don’t like it too hot or too cold!