Summer is everything to me. I have very specific summer memories from my youth that have always resonated with me in a way I cannot explain.
The first is a very old memory of me laying on the floor in our living room watching the Chicago Cubs on TV. It was before we remodeled our house when I was 11, and we did not have air conditioning. It was very humid. I can’t explain in words why, but the sound of a box fan paired with a baseball announcers voice gives me such a sense of happiness.
Random, I know.
Another super strong summer memory that lives in my brain is from when I was a teenager, and I’m sitting on the front steps of our house eating cereal. The street I grew up on is pretty and tree lined, and I’ll never forget the sounds of the birds that morning. It was like there was nothing else happening in the whole world besides those rustling leaves and chirping birds.
The summers of my youth were spent on an island in northern MN. This place holds countless memories for me, but what’s truly emblazoned in my brain is the exact pattern and distance of all the exposed rocks and roots in our front yard. I had a path from the back porch to the dock that I would hop down without “touching the ground”
As an adult, my summer memories involve bike rides to the beach, long days spent in bikinis, and warm evening dance parties on our back patio.
No, we’re not too old for dance parties.
Summer is a season for possibilities, all of which are fun. I can’t think of one time where I thought to myself, “I hate picnics”, or “I hate it being light outside until 8pm”, or even worse, “I hate fresh produce”
Memories are made this time of year, so dust off your flip flops and get outside this weekend. Summer is here and the sprinklers, popsicles and BBQ’s await.
- 1 bottle white wine
- ½ cup cherry juice
- ½ cup apple juice
- sliced mixed fruit (I used strawberries, blueberries, grapes and pomegranate seeds)
- Combine wine and juices in a large pitcher.
- Fill popsicle molds with chopped fruit. Pour wine mixture to fill molds. Freezer for 24hours.