“Awesumm”: June-August 2017

The calendar says it is almost summer, but the weather here on the east coast is all but summery! I plan to wear a sweater with a turtleneck underneath tonight when I go to a potluck. (Recipe posted sometime soon.) Hard to believe we just celebrated a cold and rainy Memorial Day Weekend instead of a picnic holiday.

I haven’t taken a picture suitable for this posting because of the weather, so I am posting one I took in San Luis Obispo when I visited my older daughter. The climate is Mediterranean-like all year long. Lovely!

 

I have designated the summer months to work on my book about laundry. My good friend Krista knows how to create a book on Create Space and she will help me design it. As a result, I may be re-posting some of my favorite summer recipes and posting a little less often, although I might post some of the photos from the book here on Menupause so you can see my passion for clotheslines is real!

Growing up, summer was always a good time to hang out the wet laundry, but here on the Mainline of Philadelphia, clotheslines are painfully absent. Here is one of my favorites from nearby Lancaster County, where the Amish use clotheslines all the time. I call this High Wind Laundry:

 

 

June has some holidays that you can celebrate almost anything. Here is a list of  unusual holidays from www.holidayinsights.com called Bizarre, Unique and Special Holidays, most of which I won’t even celebrate, but fun to consider:

  • Aquarium Month
  • Candy Month
  • Dairy Month
  • Fight the Filthy Fly Month
  • National Gardening Week – First full week of month*
  • Gay Pride Month
  • National Accordion Awareness Month
  • National Adopt a Cat Month
  • National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
  • Rose Month
  • Turkey Lovers Month

*Click on the link for more information

There are also one-day holidays, some of which I will mention on the day of that “holiday.” For example. June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day and even though I no longer have a cat, I hope to find one to hug!

In the book review category, I plan to complete the review of A Mind of Your Own by Dr. Kelly Brogan. It has so much information that I had to spend more time reading it than I had originally planned, but well worth the time. I will also post another one of Dr. Brogan’s recipes from Part Two of her book.

 

I will continue to post info for Earth Day, Every Day, since I receive literature almost every day on some organization that is working to save the planet. I need to go through my pile of solicitations as well as some of my emails to find projects I find worthwhile. For example, United Farm Workers recently sent literature on the terrible working conditions in the field of the good old USA. These itinerant workers help bring the food to our tables and often work where fields are heavily sprayed with pesticides, not good for the planet or the people working in them. (See photo below from their website: ufw.org.) And since June is National Gardening Month and National Fruit and Vegetable Month, the timing is perfect!

 

While on the subject of food, here is a variation of a previous recipe on roasted potato salad. You can make this on the grill or in the oven: Roasted Baby Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts. Recipe coming in a few days.

 

I hope your summer will be awesumm!

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