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Summer, Summer, Summertime!

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Pool Ring family traditions happy family family storytellingWhat do you love to do in the summertime? Why?

Summer and I are very good friends.  More than friends.  I think it would be appropriate to call what I have with summer a love affair.  Shhhhh, don’t tell.  It has been an annual on-again, off-again, kind of relationship, starting as far back as my earliest memories.  So, in honor of the glorious sunshiny days that are just beginning, here are the things I love to do in the summertime:



Swimming pool float family tradition happy family family storytelling1. Swim.  I think I may have been a mermaid in another life, but since this incarnation came without a tail, I’ve been making do.  I love the water – lakes, rivers, oceans, pools – doesn’t really matter (although the ocean and I have an understanding that defies explanation) and to say I enjoy swimming would be a gross understatement.

2. Get sun.  I know I may get a few lectures over this one, but I really do run on solar power and need as much of it as I can get.  And having a little bronzy glow doesn’t hurt.  After all, tan flesh looks much better than pasty flesh, and I will take whatever help I can get to look better in a swimsuit.

3. Enjoy lazy days.  I actually think that this is something of an oxymoron, because while the pace seems to be a bit more laid back, I am busier than most other times of the year. But since the days are longer it evens out.

4. Eat outside.  I don’t care if it is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, if I am eating it on my deck in the sunshine, life is good.  If I am enjoying some grilled pineapple and a juicy steak, all the better.

5. Sleep on the trampoline.  This one isn’t actually one of mine, but my children love it so I figured it needed a place on the list.  Now that the evenings are above 60 degrees, I will be needing to get out the sleeping bags so they can camp out.

So that is just a small sampling of things I do in the summer.  What about you?  Are there any summer traditions or activities that you and your family do?

Enjoy the following recipe this summer. It won’t heat up your kitchen, and it’s sure to be a hit with even the pickiest eater! Bring it to your next BBQ and see how fast it disappears!


Recipe originally found in Quick Cooking Magazine

3 cups cold milk

1 pkg. (3.4 oz) instant pistachio pudding mix

1 pkg. (3.4 oz) instant French vanilla pudding mix

1 carton (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed

1 pkg. graham crackers

1 can chocolate frosting

In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in Cool Whip.

In a 13 X 9-inch baking dish, layer a third of the graham crackers and half the pudding mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining graham crackers. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Spoon frosting into a microwave-save bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 15-20 seconds or until softened, stirring once. Spread over graham crackers. Chill for at least 20 minutes or until frosting is set.

Cut into squares and enjoy!

Last modified on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:05
Shantel Parks

Shantel's love of story began in her childhood with fairy tales. As a wife of 13 years and a mother of 4, she gets a daily sampling of the many genre's of story, including (but not at all limited to) - humor, alternate history, dramatic interpretations, tall tales, tragedy, and a smattering of anecdotes based on true stories. A sometimes blogger, a frequent do-it-yourselfer, and always fond of Cadbury Mini Eggs, Shantel can be found, most days, going 5 different directions, but usually ending up in her favorite place - at home.

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