It Taste Like Summer

A sweet gentle breeze made a slight ripple on the lake as we sat by the pool enjoying a noon time al fresco meal on this gorgeous sunny summer day. "It taste like summer" Bobby G. said to no one in particular and we all immediately agreed...sighing. Along with our neighbors, we were enjoying the first bounty of our Spring plantings. The gorgeous tomatoes made the most mouth watering BLT's for our lunch that day. CS also had made a gorgeous salad from the first cucumbers and bell peppers, that was the 'just right' accompanient to the toasted sandwiches. And to make it a perfect 'fit for a king' feast, I had made peach icecream..... from juicy overripe peaches from our little local farmer's market. A side dish of delicious chewy brownies and a bowl of perfect cherries and we were in heaven. Good friends, good food and a perfect day. Ain't life wonderful?

And speaking of summer's bounties, I had a big crowd for a Fourth of July BBQ. My niece brought me the biggest, fattest Carolina blueberries and my nephew brought us the sweetest watermelons from his garden. Bobby G. is like Sandi over at that fabulously written blog called Holding Patterns, who likes to eat her 'mater sandwiches over the sink, only Bobby G. stands over the sink eating his beloved watermelon. He loves the stuff. It's a wonder watermelon plants don't sprout from his ears. With those fabulous blueberries, I made a sweet chicken salad and a Spinach salad. Did you know that researchers have found that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 common fresh fruits and vegetables. I felt very healthy eating all those blueberries. :) The spinach came from my deck garden. It's the heat loving spinach vine called Malabar spinach. Paired with sweet corn from the farmer's market and we had another perfect mouth watering summer meal.

Spinach Salad with Blueberries

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (10 oz) package fresh spinach, torn
1 4 oz. package blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the first five ingredients and shake well. Toss the spinach, blue cheese, blueberries and pecans. Add the dressing and toss gently. Yummmm!

I am sure, like me, with most of you that grew tomatoes this summer, they are coming in fast and furious now. Here's another easy peasy recipe that's real quick to fix so you can get out of the kitchen fast. And it's healthy too. Not only do I have tomatoes but a nice big pot of basil and cucumbers too. So I served this supper with the cukes and some of those garlic biscuits you make from those little inexpensive store bought mixes. And I served the shrimp/tomato mixture over brown rice.

Sauteed Shrimp with Tomato, Blue Cheese and Basil

1 pound shrimp, peeled and de-veined (I just used the packaged frozen ones already cooked)
1/2 pound ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (for a little kick)
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese (or Feta, if you like)
10 basil leaves, thinly slived

Season the shrimp lightly with salt and generously with pepper. Sautee the shrimp in the olive oil for about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and season with a light sprinkling of salt, pepper and the red pepper flakes. Cook until the tomatoes break down and thicken, 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and stir in the basil. Top with the cheese to serve. Again....a big YUMMM!

Not only are we enjoying the bounties of the summer but, as usual, so are the animals that live on this land with us......particularly the deer. I caught these baby fawn in the back yard yesterday. Arent' they sweet.....the little rascals! Last year the deer ate all my zinnia flowers just as they were about to burst into bloom. A couple of days ago I went to dead head the roses and saw they had enjoyed my rose buds too. So I promptly went out and picked a big bouquet before they got any more of the flowers. Particularly my few star gazer lilies. They love lilies.

Here's a little decorating hint you might want to try. I love the look of it. I have covered old books (my old college books) in vintage French sheet music. I love the look of it and sitting next to the old ironstone pitcher of flowers, it makes a pretty picture. On top of the stack of books, sits an old Avon bottle of a clear glass bird. The incredibly cute and sweet blogger Sherie of the blog: The Pawsh Poodle sent that to me all the way from California.

Well, it's time to close now before you get tired of reading this. I hope you all are having a sweet week and treat yourself and family.....make some homemade icecream!


The Vintage Vagablonde said...

What a great post MH....all that home cook'in MMMM MMMM.

Garlic biscuits and fresh Summer foods...my mouth is watering right now.

Saw the little bird :)

Sue said...

Oh Lynn, I got hungry looking at all your food and goodies!!! I've never mad ice cream, myself, just enjoyed the fruits of other people's labors. Peach sounds real yummy! I want to try your recipes- they look so good- and a plus- I can eat healthy! Loved the deer pics, too. Too bad they eat everything in sight.
:-) Sue

Judy said...

Great Food!! Now that you made me hungry I have to go raid the frig. I love the idea with the sheet music. I have some...somewhere!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Great post, Lynne! I so enjoyed reading it and looking at your pictures. You really captured the joy of enjoying summer foods, outdoors, with those you love!!

I furiously copied down the Spinach Salad with bluberries. Two of my favorite foods. The husband and I are going to enjoy many al fresco feasts on our upcoming 2 week vacation at the lake. No worries about kids who won't eat veggies or nuts in their salads! LOL!!

I like the little vignette with the sheet music covered books. A very cute idea.

Thanks for all the inspirations. It doesn't get any better than this! Have a great week, my friend!


trash talk said...

Summertime and the livin' is easy or at least it is at your house! Your luncheon looked quite appetizing. The fawn are darling...even if they do get in your flowers!

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

It all looks just scrumptious!!! Our tomatoes, sadly, are just about done. It is so hot here!

Linda said...

Oh my mouth is watering....delish, delish, delish.
Homemade peach ice cream (my granma's favorite) and brownies pure heaven. hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmmm :-) me like! LOL

I love the idea of music sheets to cover books. That corner table of your is lovely to look at.

Art by Ronda Juniper Ray said...

Oh, for cryin' in a bucket, Lynn! I come over to say hi, and what greets me -- FOOD!

Ha ha. Well, in spite of that, the diet is going GREAT! Second weigh in was tonight -- 19 lbs down the drain so far!

It's really super easy once you get past the first two days. The hunger goes away, the carb cravings go away, and oh my -- what energy! I guess because you do away with the glucose fluctuations?

The protein drink is carefully calibrated between carbs, fat and protein, so altho it sounds scary, it really is complete nutrition with all the vitamins and minerals included, too. And since it's medically supervised (once a week for blood work and to see the doctor), it can't get out of control.

So, altho I'm missing a summer of grilled franks and cheeseburgers to some extent (and OH! buttered and salted fresh corn on the cob....), I much prefer seeing my shape change back to its usual self. Not sylph-like, but not monster me, either! ***grins***

Love your fawns! Aren't they precious? We are so enjoying ours, and just like real babies, they grow so fast!

Summer's best to you! Ronda

Beverly said...

Lynn, it looks and sounds as if you are having a great summer. I hope to be able to take a few days off of work soon so I can enjoy some time around our house. I have so many little things that I would like to be able to do.

BLTs, watermelon, blueberries, tomatoes - yum! I'll be right over.

Margie said...

Hi Lynn, your post is so good, that salad with the blueberries sounds fab, it really is the salad season as my mum says. You are really lucky to have tomatoes in, we did not plant any this year, and we have to plant indoors in the tunnel or glasshouse as it does not get warm enough. Froccans are very like blueberries and grow wild on the hillsides here. So maybe I will try a froccan salad! Hope you also enjoy the weekend and your anniversary.Hugs, Margie.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It all looks amazingly delicious, Lynn!

Roxie Morrow said...

Wow, what a feast! That peach ice cream sounds divine. Great pics Lynn.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh My, all of your wonderful dishes look sooooo good. I am really hungry now. Your table looks so pretty too. What a thrill to have a wonderful garden and to have homemade ice cream. I would be in food heaven. lol I also wanted to let you know that we will be having another "Cloche Party" on the 11th of Sept. Most everyone wanted a seasonal event and I thought that would be a great time for a fall party. Grab the button on my sidebar to remind you and to tell your friends. See you there. Hugs, Marty

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Lynn,

It is always so wonderful to hear from you and thanks for stopping by.

The food and recipes are making me drool!! You sure can cook, girl. Set another place setting, I will be over to eat some of those yummy tomatoes and I will supply the peaches from sunny GA for your next batch.

Glad you are enjoying the summer!

Noelle Garrett Designs said...

Hi Lynn,

Thank you so much for the warm Pink Saturday welcome. Your pictures aer making me hungry. It looks like you are having an amazing summer! I have basil coming out of my ears so I may have to try that Shrimp recipe. Yum!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

I'll bet you had a crowd! Your menu and pics are soooo enticing! Thanks for sharing your recipes and delightful cookout!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Lynn,
Those salads look so good for summertime!
Thanks for sharing those recipes!

Margie said...

Hi Lynn, everytime I look at this post I get hungry. I have awarded you on my blog. Hugs, Margie.

Silke Powers said...

I'm so glad you found my blog and led me back to yours. I'll be visiting often! Love it!! :) Silke

Susie Q said...

What a delicious post Lynn! *laugh*
I loved reading it...as I do all your posts but these recipes look so, so good. We just got an ice cream maker like this one so will be trying it out this week. The spinich salad looks so good too....well, it all does!
Your sweet viginette looks perfect...and we LOVE the fan!! Thank you!


Lisa said...

I have to try that recipe, like now!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh gosh, you made me so hungry! I'm going to have to make that shrimp dish! Love your sheet music boks! Your flowers are so pretty, and I hate that the deer are eating them, but they are sure pretty deer. laurie

Unknown said...

wow...Love it...if I am there, I'll be finishing off everything and more. love/M

Louise said...

Those corn and tomatoes look so good I want some NOW!

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