Monday, June 9, 2014
Quick Six - - Summer Style
Summer. Just the word makes me smile. As a child, summer was that time of year that seemed almost magical in comparison to the other seasons. For me, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer were just that. They meant warm days spent on the lake, warm nights camping in the front yard, miniature golf, the ice cream man and a neighborhood filled with happy, active children who rose with the sun, spent their days swimming and playing any number of outdoor games and had to be coaxed back into the house well after sunset.
In my teen years, summer days were spent boating, canoeing, and floating on a wooden raft with a good book in hand. Those days also brought the fabulous music of the 60's (played on a transistor radio), Saturday night dances at the American Legion Hall, the county fair, drive-in movies, the opportunity to travel to distant lands and my first summer love. They were very good days.
Of course, it wasn't only the activities that we looked forward to when summer rolled around. There was also the food. My dad was the grill master in the family, my mom was the master of potato salad, strawberry shortcake and the best lemon meringue pie I've ever tasted. Dairy Queen was the place for our much-loved Dilly Bars and the A&W drive-in kept us supplied with ice cold root beer in frosty glass mugs. Trust me, you have not experienced root beer as it's meant to be experienced until you've had it served in a frosty glass mug.
Nowadays, summer means beach time - I've just returned from a week there and it was heavenly - as well as lake time. I'm fortunate to be living in a place where I have access to both. And while there are no drive-in theaters, my community has outdoor movie nights which are just as much fun. Alas, there are no A&W drive-ins either so I buy their canned root beer and frost my own mugs. It's not quite the same but still pretty darn good. Root beer is also the key ingredient of my favorite summer treat: the root beer float. Have you had one? It's easy to make. Put two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a frosty mug, add cold root beer and voila! There really is nothing like a root beer float to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. (A yummy variation is to use orange soda instead of root bear) Two other summer treats we like to make in our family are frozen chocolate-dipped bananas and chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. Awesomely delicious and great fun to make with kids!
Are you a fan of summer or are you more of a cold-weather person?
What are your favorite childhood memories of summer?
What's your favorite summer treat? Do you love root beer floats as I do?
What singing group (or groups) provided the soundtrack for the summers of your youth?
Do you vacation over the summer or is a staycation more your style?
Is there a summer movie you're looking forward to?
BONUS: What summer book release(s) are you most anticipating?
I have a hardcover copy of STORMY PERSUASION by Johanna Lindsey (read my review) for one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment on today's blog.
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