more about: summer

A Healthy and Very Delicous Summer Salad

I tend to prefer fall vegetables—cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash—to the summer bounty. But this amazing salad that I made (with my friend Heather) last weekend may change my mind. The majority of the ingredients (greens, zucchini, garlic scapes, beets) came from the Great Barrington, MA farmers market. The amazingly fresh goat cheese was from Rawson Brook Farm in Monterey, […]

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Do You Like Hot Dogs?

A couple of months ago Emily popped up in the office and asked, “do you like hot dogs?” You may have guessed my response which was something like, “what kind of a question is that?! Do I like breathing?!” So yes, I like hot dogs. But it wasn’t until this past Saturday that I had my first Nathan’s Hot Dog. […]

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Protect Your Skin From The Sun And Look Fabulous In Mott 50

I rarely (if ever) think about how well my clothing is protecting my skin against the sun. I figure if it’s covered–it’s protected. But sadly that’s not the case. Harmful UVA rays can find their way right through lightweight clothing and cause damage, including pre-mature aging (aka wrinkles). Yikes! So, for all the healthy-skin and anti-wrinkle fans out there, I […]

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A July 4th Celebration

My fiancé and I have adopted a new July 4th tradition—as soon as work ends on Friday we decamp with friends to the Catskills for a weekend of eating and country dancing. The tradition itself is not new (in fact, it’s several decades old), but our participation is, and we have already started counting down the days. The highlight of […]

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Quick Summer Pasta

I have been really really busy lately and haven’t had much time to make dinner much less grocery shop—I am sure many of you out there can relate! When I get in this pickle I am often left putting together a quick pasta dish with whatever vegetables are hanging out in the fridge. This week’s concoction was my favorite shaped […]

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Block Party Games You Can Make

Though I haven’t been to one in years, the annual block party held in my childhood neighborhood has a place among my sweetest summertime memories. There’s no better way to kick off the summer than to get new and old neighbors together for some fun in the sun and a hearty barbecue.

Though traditional block party activities such as the dunk tank and the bounce house are fun, they can be costly. And according to Yahoo, clever DIY games and outdoor activities are popular this summer.

So here are some easy-to-plan and affordable ideas sure to be the hit of your next block party:

Children playing hopscotch

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Tiny Local Honey

I went to visit my family last weekend outside Baltimore. They live it what used to be the sticks, but is slowly becoming less and less rural. As long as I can remember the Reynolds‘ have been farming in the area–corn, veg, chickens, etc. A little while back, they opened up a farm stand on their property. I went to pick […]

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Have You Ever Used a Windowless Air Conditioner?

So far this summer has been pretty mild in New York City. Yes, there were a couple of days that were absolute scorchers, but other than that I really can’t complain. Especially since I still don’t have an air conditioner. Last summer, my roommate and I tried using our air conditioners in the shared spaces of our apartment. (I wrote […]

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Cooking With Your CSA Share

The calendar may not yet agree, and my boys are still in school for an additional few days, but in my view summer has officially begun. That’s because Farmer Andy has started driving his pickup and trailer to the back of our church on Fridays to unload our CSA (community supported agriculture) shares. I’ve written about my love for my […]

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