1) It’s picnic time! Beach & other otherwise. I love the red and white theme and the quiche is an unusual but great idea for a one-dish picnic meal. Healthy, portable food is a great idea. I’m thinking cut-up melon, cherries, a cold green bean salad to accompany that quiche.
Chilled champagne’s a great touch! Pop a strawberry into your bubbly (or bubbly water).
Pillows to lounge on sound good to me. Keep your day bug-free with botanical repellant.
We’re lucky to have great weather in northern California–it rarely gets super-hot. In other parts of the country, you need to pick and choose your picnic dates carefully. The beach is always a good choice for a hot day.
2) Summer salads are refreshing even when you’re not picnicking. So many combinations to choose from.
I get a little hung up on salad being lettuce, tomato and the usual accompaniments of carrots, beets, cukes, etc. Summer’s the time to be daring! Try something more interesting.
Here’s a sweet, fresh and colorful watermelon- mango salad with blue cheese I found online HERE. It’s colorful, healthy, fresh and cool. Most important, it’s different, a step out of the norm for me.
I’m going to try it.
Got an idea for a great summer salad recipe? Share it here and I’ll pick one at random for a prize!
3) Sunglasses in fun colors and shapes! One of my good friends always buys beautiful, stylish and expensive sunglasses. She looks contemporary and gorgeous. But if I did that, I’d lose them, I know it.
In summer, I love buying cheap sunglasses in different styles and hues. Ten bucks or less is not a huge investment, so you can afford to sit on them, leave them somewhere or just get sick of them.
Make your sunglasses a fashion statement, and with a few pair, you can change them out often, as I do.
4.)Colorful toe polish!
Any drugstore has cheap polish, stick-on polish art and now even little pots and brushes or pens so you can draw designs on your nails.These glossy, summer toe colors are really fun and even the toe designs are appropriate for any age.
I have to admit that I am a nail polish fanatic who even has a subscription to a monthly box of nail colors (email me if you want to know how you can get the same).
I love different colors and unless I have a special event, I do my nails myself. Back in the days when I worked, I had gels or acrylics and regularly visited a salon. But after retirement, I wasn’t that interested in a regular salon appointment. I like doing my own and changing out colors any time, for free!
5) Tans—fake of course! So many lotions, mousses and sprays on the market, no need to have that grey, leathery tanning- salon look that’s so unattractive.
I do see that some people still lay out in the sun. It’s hard to believe they do, given what we know about the sun and skin cancer. We all need about 15-20 minutes a day of sunlight to help our bodies make Vitamin D. But we do not need skin cancer.
By all means, protect your skin. Use that beach umbrella! And a good sunscreen, applied liberally and often.
So there you have it. My top 5 reasons to love summer.
Don’t forget, add your summer salad recipe to the Comments section below and I’ll draw a winner at random next week. The prize will be something summery, too!