Summer has always been my favorite season. I love the long, hot days and the warm nights, BBQs with friends, going to the beach or the pool, and how time just seems to slow a little bit.
SnoBalls. There’s a Pelican SnoBall stand right by my house and I would always see cars dart in there and today I finally understood why. SnoBalls are what snowcones want to be when they grow up. They’re fluffy, delicious, and they have 100 flavors and a multitude of toppings. I had Wedding Cake (it’s my anniversary weekend) and POG (pineapple, orange, guava) with cream drizzled on top and it was heavenly. I am going to be one of those many cars darting in there now, too.
Grilling! Is there anything more summer-specific than grilling? I know you can grill anytime, I did it in Alaska in the winter (and okay, it was almost always winter) but there’s something about a summer grill session with a cold drink in hand and dogs and kids running around outside that makes me nostalgic. Plus, you can’t beat the smoky flavor of food grilled on open coals and with soaked wood chips thrown in for extra flavor. We left our scraggly propane grill in Alaska and as an anniversary gift to P, we got a combo propane and charcoal grill (and it was on sale at Lowe’s, which is even better!) His dream grill was the Oklahoma Joe combo grill with a smoker box, but we actually have a full-size smoker box already so a smaller grill attachment is sort of redundant.
Fishing. I got hooked (no pun intended) on fishing while living in Alaska and I love it. It’s relaxing and fun and the best part is I can eat what I catch. I’m looking forward to hooking up on some more trout and also landing some bass and catfish.
Dogs in bandanas. I don’t know if there’s anything more adorable than a dog sporting a bandana. I have two very fluffy dogs so every couple of months they go to the grooming salon for a bath, trim, and they always come home smelling great, soft and silky, and with a cute bandana that just makes me and everyone who sees them want to pet them because they just look amazingly cute.