Summer Love...

It's inevitable that summertime forces us to slow down and relax our schedules a bit (or try to at least). It also forces us to sweat, get sunburned and have frizzy hair.  After participating in Centsational Girl's Vacation Destination Link Party, my wheels started turning.  

How do you unwind over the summer? What are your favorite summer reads, recipes, activities, vacations, or tips for braving the heat? Maybe you just have some simple pleasures about the summer you'd love to share. 

I'd love to hear from you about all things summer and feature them each Friday through Labor Day. Simply share your favorites and tips in the comment section, send me an email at erinoutonalimb@gmail.com or join the link party below. Here a few a my summer favorites.

1. Bob Marley, Legend: a best of album.  We listen to a pretty steady diet of Marley around here in the summer.  I remember stopping to buy this cassette on the way to a week at a friend's house in Amagansett, many, many, moons ago. Nothing slows me down or reminds me of that fabulous week more than this album.

2. Beach days, that turn into beach nights: There is nothing better than putting sleepy little kids in the car after a full day of sun, sand, friends and good food. Bliss in my book.

3. OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter: We eat a ton of cherries in the summer. With little ones, this makes my life so much easier. 

Okay, your turn. Spread the summer love and have a great weekend.



  1. After a long day in the sun, the kids are beat - and so am I. Rather than sweat it out in the kitchen cooking food they're not going to eat anyway - I make belgium waffles w/ice cream and whipped cream (sliced bananas... whatever!) for dinner. We do this about once a week :)

  2. Popsicles, water ice, and ice cream! My husband comes from a big family so we have lots of picnics over the summer too. And I can't go a summer without visiting the beach at least once.

  3. Light & Crispy Waffles Recipe - very crispy!

    2 egg yolks
    2 c milk
    2 c flour
    1T baking powder
    1/2 t salt
    1/3 c oil
    2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

    Preheat waffle maker. Beat all ingredients (except egg whites) on low until moistened. Increase speed to medium until smooth. Gently fold in egg whites by hand. Pour 3/4 c batter over grids, close, bake until steam no longer escapes.

  4. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see how Fridays shape up. Have a great long weekend and a happy Fourth!

  5. Summer is all about family for us...we're lucky enough that we can still get together at least for a week of it - now from all corners of the country and three generations worth. The new babies love playing together, and we gandparents just sit back in amazement over how everyone is growing and how fast time is flying...no season goes by so quickly, right?

  6. Sounds blissful. Why does the summer seem so short?!

  7. Book club, beach days, farmers markets & swimming are our basics. Art lessons, baking & creating, science experiments & picnics are just some of the few things that treat our summer days. (warm smile)

    I'm new here & I like the way you think.