I’m glad it’s only the unofficial start of summer. This weekend, though relaxing, has been cold and rainy. So cold that Brian and I slept with 2 comforters on our bed last night. And I’m currently wearing a sweater with a hoodie over it (which isn’t that unusual for me, but it’s the end of May, for crying out out!) So I’m hoping that between now and the official start of summer, it will actually begin to feel like summer. In the mean time, I’m preparing a list of my summer plans to share with all of you tomorrow, some of which are inspired by these links:
This week’s Weekend Reading from Life Your Way includes ideas for summer entertaining, including feeding large groups, parties on a budget and summer potluck ideas.
Picnics are so fun. This year I can even have one in my yard! The Kitchn has suggestions for make-ahead picnic foods for a crowd – great ideas in the comments as well!
If you need more picnic ideas, try Food Republic’s 25 Killer Side Dishes For Memorial Day Weekend, Serious Eat’s Ultimate Memorial Day Recipe Guide or one of these 25 Recipes for the Grill from Closet Cooking.
This post from How Sweet It Is, “Stuff You Should Probably Definitely Make For Summer,” made me so hungry.
The Kitchn has 8 ways to love your CSA all summer long.
14 Things You Didn’t Know About Strawberries, courtesy of Food Republic.
Some of those strawberries would look great as Evan’s Red White and Blue Strawberries.
It’s also the season for rhubarb. Have you tried Joy the Baker’s Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie?
If you’re as excited as I am regarding the return of Arrested Development, frozen bananas may be just the thing to keep you cool this summer. Foodbeast has the recipe.
Generally speaking, creativity is not one of my strengths when it comes to drink ideas. Simple Bites has 5 fresh ideas for non-alcoholic summer sips.
I also love the look of these striped fruity ice cubes posted on Oh Joy!. I’m seriously trying to come up with an excuse to make them this summer. (via The Kitchn)