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Hot Summer Days.

July 30, 2011

If you live anywhere on the East coast right now, then you feel my pain with this heat wave we’ve got going on.

The days seem to drag, energy at times is low and the A.C. has been on full blast [helloo electric bill].

Needless to say I haven’t been feeling like my good old self lately.

But since there’s not much I can do about the heat, I’m making the best of it!

So this is how I’ve been spending my hot, Summer days [aside from working].

Lately I’ve been all about kitchen experimenting and trying new things.

While there has been some good things that have come out of it, I’ve also had my fair share of flops.

^ Prime example.  An attempt at a baked, sweet potato donut.


They turned out way too dense and not fluffy at all.  Back to drawing board on that one.


I’ve been totally eating my weight in bread lately too.

Great Harvest Cinnamon Chip bread will forever have my heart.

That is all.


Since it’s been SO hot, I’ve been guzzling the water like it’s my job.


I’ve been going between plain, sparkling water and cucumber water.

Both are equally satisfying and thirst quenching.

I need to get back on my aqua fresca kick!  Those are where it’s at!!


Yesterday I went to the movies, which I hadn’t been to in forever.

Hello, unlimited air conditioning!!

I saw Captain America in 3-D!

How attractive are the glasses over the glasses?!

You don’t have to answer that.



I finally picked a German Johnson tomato from my garden!!!

[Insert squeal here.]

I haven’t cut into it yet, but I can’t wait.  I just know it’s going to be juicy and delicious.


I’ve also been indulging in cold, refreshing, Summer salads.

Mostly due to the fact that I’m too lazy to turn on my oven.

Lots of caprese salads have been consumed.

As well as fruit salads.

I love me a good watermelon salad.

But I can’t take credit for this one.

Gail, a reader and friend of my Aunt and Uncle, came up with this recipe!

 It looked pretty good, so we gave it a shot!


Pretty darn tasty.

It’s super simple too.

The salad itself is:

watermelon, toasted pecans, mache lettuce [we didn’t have any so we used spring mix] and crumbled gorgonzola cheese.

Then it’s tossed in a pepper jelly vinaigrette which was:

rice wine vinegar, pepper jelly, lime juice, grated onion, salt, pepper and oil.

Kudos to Gail on this creation!  🙂

Well, time to indulge in a cold, frosty beverage and relax!

This girl has to work tomorrow.

Make sure you guys come back tomorrow for another delicious, cold soup recipe!


Vanessa 🙂

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Gail permalink
    July 31, 2011 8:18 am

    So glad you enjoyed it. It is refreshing in this heat. You could be a photographer for Bon Apetit magazine.

    • July 31, 2011 9:12 am

      It really was refreshing! And you are far too kind… There are much more talented photographers out there, I can barely keep up!! 🙂

  2. July 31, 2011 5:44 pm

    I went to see HP in 3D yesterday! Those glasses are goofy, but fun to take pictures of yourself in. Love all your salads, they look so refreshing. Do you always come up with plans for meals just spontaneously throughout the week or do you tend to plan?? I’d be really curious to know. You should write a post about brainstorming for meals! 🙂

    • July 31, 2011 10:14 pm

      I love 3d movies, just sucks for people who wear actual glasses. Lol. I buy a lot of ingredients with ideas in my mind. I go through spurts where I’ll try to be good and meal plan, but most of the time it doesn’t happen that way. I think I get a high of sorts when I make something new or spontaneously come up with something delicious. Just makes it that much more satisfying. I’ll put that on the list of future posts! Thanks Laura 🙂

  3. Bibliophiled Away permalink
    August 2, 2011 3:55 pm

    I like to make homemade McGriddles with Great Harvest Bread Co’s cinnamon chip bread. Mm, can’t wait for breakfast time!

  4. August 2, 2011 5:03 pm

    oh, my, I wanted to be IN several of those photos…what beautiful, healthy food!!

    • August 2, 2011 5:17 pm

      Thanks!! Yeah everything was pretty healthy. Well except the bread. 🙂

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