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Summer Recipe Roundup

It’s the summer solstice! The longest day of the year! The official first day of summer, which, by some magic, is also Midsummer. No matter how you slice it, today is the day when even your most pedantic friends can’t deny that summertime is here, and with it, summer cooking. We’ve already been going [...]

Trader Joe’s Cheap Wine Pick: Espiral Vinho Verde



Summertime! And the living is easy! And the drinking should be, too. This Trader Joe’s Cheap Wine Pick is one of my favorites, and has been a staple of my summertime tippling for several years.


Wine: Espiral Vinho Verde
Region: Portugal

Fourth of July Summer Recipe Round Up

Happy summertime! It has been hot hot hot here – too hot to do much of anything besides lie around on the couch complaining about the heat. I decided we needed to get the kids out of the house Saturday, so we made a trip to the library and then discovered a local ice cream parlor that makes its own fresh fruit frozen yogurt. I also discovered the joys of raspados – shaved ice layered with fresh fruits and condensed milk – SO refreshing on a hot day! It’s fortunately cooling down going into the fourth of July, so we’ll be able to get our celebration on! If you’re planning for parties this week or next weekend, here are some of my favorite summer recipes to share! [...]

Summer Reading List

The Nuni has just joined the summer reading program at the library, and she is SUPER excited. This is the first summer she can really read, and she is taking all sorts of delight in sitting down with a huge stack of books and racing through them (she is naturally picking the easiest of her easy readers), all the while exclaiming in a loud voice, “I LOVE READING.” This whole process of course leads to the ultimate goal- she can write the titles down on her list, take it to the library and get a sticker. It’s a preliminary step in what I hope will be a lifetime love of reading. And summer seems like the perfect time to embark on a reading program for adults as well. My perfect summer involves long hours by the beach or the pool or on an adirondack chair out on the porch with my nose in a good book. Not just any book makes for good summer reading. Summer reading should be gripping, enjoyable, light. This is not the season for tackling Bleak House, or brushing up your knowledge of Russian agricultural theory. The below list includes some of my favorite fun books that are perfect for summer reading. [...]

Crockpot Mexican Pork Carnitas

I must have missed out on the “party planning gene” that every other person in the world seems to have, or at least other moms. I look at Pinterest, with the decorations and the tablescapes and the elaborate menus – and break out into a cold sweat. The theme for my kids’ birthday parties [...]