So long, Summer!

September 6, 2011

IMG_1949Well, it happened. Summer is officially over. Sad smile As this post is published, I am back at school, teaching my little heart out. I guess it’s time to face reality – it had to happen sometime.

Although it pains me to admit it, there are some things I look forward to in fall: pumpkin, apples, caramels, Thanksgiving…. but the blow of summer ending is always gonna hurt (I have a summer birthday and I’m a teacher with summers off AND I love warm weather – why would I want it to end?!). But fear not! This post is not all doom and gloom. I had a really great summer! So I decided to look back on posts for the past 2 months and share some of the highlights. If you missed any of these – click away!

Summer started off with a great shopping (and eating) trip to Buffalo on Canada Day (so patriotic, I know), where I ate the amazingly delicious cheesecake you see above at the Cheesecake Factory.


I also bought myself my heart’s desire – an ice cream maker! Which I used to make many tasty treats over the course of the summer.

I can’t list all the tasty things that came out of my kitchen, but there were those baked beans with Swiss Chard I made for my mom’s birthday dinner and then enjoyed again and again and agIMG_2140ain all week long.

And, not to brag, but let’s not forget what I feel might just be the crowning glory of my summer: my homemade edible arrangement!

I saw lots of homegrown goodness come out of my garden all summer long (and I’ll still be enjoying that into September, thank goodness!).

I shIMG_2253ared with you about my secret crush on Alton Brown, and made his absolutely out-of-this-world lemon ginger frozen yogurt.

And of course, as we all know, I made (and ate)  A LOT OF SALADS.

The August long weekend saw my Burger Bonanza – feast of SO MUCH good food and even better friends.

I got my pickle on with a little help from Bobby Flay and his amazing recipes for pickled red onions and homemade dill pickles.IMG_2641

I went out for tapas and created the amazingness that was s’more truffles for a visit with 2 good friends.

There was the trauma and drama of switching over to my own server and updating the theme of my site (thank you for your patience with my ineptitude in the world of graphic design. I know there was a brief period when you visited my site and the header pictured me with my head cut off – thanks for the heads-up Katie)!

Of course, there was the awesomeness of my birthday celebrations!

IMG_2756Oh yeah, and that little thing I went to called the Healthy Living Summit! (multiple recaps: One Two Three).

And no summer would be complete without multiple visits to the farmers’ market. IMG_0012

So, looking back on it all, how can I be sad, with all of those happy memories?

Summer, as always, I’m sad to see you go. But I know you’ll come back next year (you always do). It’s been a slice – don’t stay away too long! Fall, I know we have somewhat of a tumultuous relationship, but I’ll do my best to appreciate the good things you have to offer. 

“Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Ya – I’d always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life” – Bryan Adams, “Summer of 69”


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