Summer is finally here! Honestly, I thought it would never arrive and the days are just starting to feel warm and summery. It is light at 5 in the morning when I walk and still light at nearly 9 when I go to sleep (early to bed when you’re up at 5!). What a pleasure, these long, long days of early summer.
I feel the same way at the beginning of every summer. I want to try and stretch it out, make it last, enjoy every moment!! But really, it flies by and seems shorter each year. I am beyond the days of trying to corral young children, keeping them busy and out of trouble (well, maybe not past that part). Summer is now more of a food management situation. I shop and cook and the teenagers eat, bring over some friends, and eat some more. With an empty nest, my fridge and pantry are fairly barren during the school year. I do cook every day for Hubby and me but the things we eat would hold little interest for the hordes of young adults. They think chips are a food group and are happiest with burgers. But they are with me for such a short time in the summer that I am happy to oblige them with whatever they want. Which is why I found myself making braised pork sugo for pasta this afternoon. It is not at all a summer dish but I made the mistake of asking my son what he would like for dinner tonight and that was his choice. It is quite delicious, just a little heavy for a warm June evening.
And as I write this I look forward one short week to July 4th and realize summer is, as always, fleeting, and I need to head outdoors with my glass of wine and take it in.
Happy Summer! Joy