Happy New Year! I can’t believe that 2015 is here. 2014 has been a pretty great year, but I am even more excited about what 2015 has in store. Before we start on our healthy new year resolutions, I thought I would leave you with one last cookie recipe. Because you really can’t start your new resolutions on a Thursday. That would be weird. Resolutions, healthy habits, diets – all of these things start on Mondays, right? So for now, we can continue to eat cookies!
Greetings from Texas! I know, it has been ages. I am sure many of you are wondering if I just forgot about Plum Pie completely in a heat-induced memory coma. Fear not, I could never forget! But I am just now beginning to feel like a normal person again after the move. The good news is that Andrew the H, Henry the dog, and I are finally moved in and semi-settled at our new house. We made the journey in less than a week with two stops, two very full cars, one adorable dog, and lots of Wendy’s kids meals (Admit it. You love the mini frosty, too.). And once I found the Casey Anthony trial on Sirius XM’s HSN radio channel, the trip just flew by. Okay, that is a slight exaggeration, but it did provide some fascinating road trip entertainment.
Have you ever tried to make fresh squeezed lemonade? Because it is the bomb and so, so easy. Seriously, you will thank me later. In fact, it may change your entire summer. Promise. Have I convinced you to try it, yet? I had actually never made my own fresh squeezed lemonade until the summer of 1995 when I reached the apparent maximum on my lemonade spending allowance. Didn’t know there was such a thing as a lemonade allowance? Me either, until I had one. Let’s back up a bit shall we? Growing up, my family spent every summer in the then-sleepy beach town of Seaside, Florida. Some may recognize the location from The Truman Show, which launched the beginning of the New Seaside as we now know it. Hardly recognizable these days. True Hollywood Story.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. Even after the largest meal of my life, I can still find room for dessert. It is a problem. I know. A has finally learned, after only five years of dating, that when the waiter asks if we would like to see the dessert menu after dinner, the answer is always “yes please.” True, I love to eat dessert, but I also really love to make dessert. There is something so cathartic about baking, don’t you think?
It seems like this summer has been filled with an abundance of peaches and squash (zucchini is included in that group, and we are talking about the summer varieties today) so far. Things on the menu at my house/apartment lately have included grilled chicken with peaches, peach ice cream, and peach-blackberry cobbler. I’ve made Homesick Texan’s summer squash enchiladas, simple sauteed squash, and Smitten Kitchen’s zucchini & ricotta galette. And it is only July! I know, things are getting out of control over here. And, to be quite honest, I have only just begun my peach/squash madness (recipes and posts to come shortly, I promise).
Wow. Talk about a heat wave in DC. With temperatures over 100 and the humidity at a very high percentage (as a curly-haired girl, I can always tell when the humidity is high by the frizz level of my hair), I feel like I am melting…literally. The short three block walk to the Metro this morning was close to unbearable. I think stifling would be a good adjective to describe how I feel about the weather. Some may say “Oh, but didn’t you live in Texas for 4 years? It is so hot there, right?” Well, yeah, it is hot there, but this is different. Much different. I also do not have the luxury of hopping in my air conditioned car to travel places in DC like I did in Dallas. However, I doubt the DC heat wave will last as long as last summer’s 10 week, 100-plus temperature pattern in Dallas because this girl + heat + humidity does not equal attractive…at all, in the least. Not to mention that as soon as I arrived home this afternoon from work my A/C went out. Or I guess it still works technically because air is blowing but the air is definitely not cold. And this is a mere one month after we bought a new motor for this A/C unit. Hmm…okay, okay, enough complaining from me. The one good thing about hot, hot weather? Ice cream, of course! Because honestly, I can’t think of anything else that is appealing right now besides a frozen treat. I also have a minor sugar addiction which could be to blame, but the heat definitely has something to do with it. And after 2 bowls of ice cream tonight, I already feel cooler.
It’s officially summer in the District. The humidity has arrived—actually it has been here for at least a month—and even though we had a brief bout of beautiful spring-like weather for the past 3 days, well, that was just a tease. And tomorrow, A and I are hopping on a plane to Texas where the humidity is high and the temperature is higher. This weather + curly hair=frizzy mess. The good news? This weather also means cool cocktails and summer pool parties. What we lack this year in a pool, we will surely make up for with fun cocktails (my bad for choosing an apartment without a pool—what was I thinking? I obviously wasn’t).