Embracing Summer – meori’s thoughts on how to best create summer vibes.

Summer Vibes with flowers like dahlias and coleus

Summer is finally here, my favorite season.  Yes, I am an unabashed fan of summertime and look forward all year to the relaxing warmth, activities and flavors that make summer uniquely delightful.  Here are some of the things I’ve got on my list to make the most of this vibrant season, including favorite pastimes, delicious recipes, and refreshing cocktails. I hope you can soak up those summer vibes with these ideas for adventure, entertaining and relaxing this summer.

Summer Reading: Lose Yourself in a Good Book

There’s something magical about diving into a good book under the warm sun (in my case under a wide-brimmed sunhat.) Whether it’s on a hammock in the backyard, by a glistening pool, or on a sunny beach, summer reading is a beloved pastime for me and my family.  I recommend making a list of books you’ve been meaning to read or pick up that novel that everyone’s been talking about, such as Kristen Hannah’s The Women. This summer, I have a number of books on my list and one of them is Kairos, which just won the International Booker Prize.

Pot Gardening: A Burst of Life and Color

For those who love flowers but don’t have a lot of space or maybe just a balcony, pot gardening is an extremely rewarding way to garden. It’s perfect for any space, large or small. You can grow a variety of plants, from fragrant herbs to lush greens and bright flowers. Basil, mint, thyme and oregano are perfect for adding fresh flavors to summer dishes, while geraniums and dahlias add color and are so easy to grow.   Not a lot of sun on your balcony?  Try begonias mixed with ferns and hosta plants for a beautiful combination.  Each year, I try new combinations and last year’s favorite was a mixture of Canna and Coleus. 

My favorite pot from last summer – Canna in red and orange colors provides different exotic green textures together with the three types of Coleus.

Paddle Boarding: Adventure on the Water

For the more adventurous souls, paddle boarding is a must-try summer activity. It combines the tranquility of being on the water with a fun, full-body workout.   It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings and get some exercise. The peacefulness of gliding over the water is an unbeatable feeling.  Plus, if you’re like me, training your ability to balance has become more important as you get older.  I highly recommend the inflatable version offered at Costco

Early morning paddle on Hood Canal.

Summer Recipes: Fresh and Flavorful

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with fresh, seasonal ingredients. One favorite recipe is herb pasta with breadcrumbs and Parmesan. This dish is simple yet full of flavor, featuring 1 lb al dente spaghetti tossed with 5 TBS olive oil, a handful of garden-fresh herbs like basil, mint, thyme, chives and parsley, 1 cup crunchy breadcrumbs (homemade makes this dish 100% better,) and 1 cup of Parmesan cheese. It’s the perfect meal for a light summer lunch or a casual dinner alfresco.

The Joy of Summer Cocktails: Sip and Savor

No summer is complete without the refreshing zest of seasonal cocktails. The Aperol Spritz, a favorite for many, encapsulates those summer vibes with its bright orange color and bubbly refreshing taste. Composed of prosecco, Aperol, and a splash of soda water, this cocktail is not only easy to make but also perfect for sipping as the sun sets on a warm evening. Garnish this drink with a fat slice of orange. 

Aperol Spritz starts with one shot of Aperol and 1-2 ounces of prosecco. Add a splash of soda water (or more for less boozy cocktail) and garnish with slice of orange. Serve up or on ice depending on how cold your ingredients are.

Savor Every Moment

Summer is a fleeting season, which is why we recommend taking the time to organize and plan out those favorite experiences. No sense in looking back at the end of summer and asking yourself where it all went! Dive into these ideas on how to create those summer vibes and fill your days with joy, relaxation, and a lot of sunshine. Embrace the season with open arms and an open heart, and make this summer your most memorable yet.

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