Hello my Dearest Friends 'O Friends!!
I hope you have wonderfully fun plans for the weekend ahead. It's another scorcher here today and I can't picture doing anything but hiding in the air conditioning! But it is supposed to get better after today.... so I'm hopeful it will improve and I can get some things done around the yard. That is...as I have time in between our son's summer hockey tourney. It's always an odd sensation going from a hot day into a cold ice rink to watch hockey. Life of a hockey Mom I guess...
Anyway, I'm getting off topic - which is that it's Five on Friday today! So I would like to share some of my plans for the ways I hope to still pack in some summer fun, as it's already flying on by! I can't believe it's almost August, can you??
I still have a lot of summer reading I'd like to pack in! I've finally started a new book - but I still have a pile of fun magazines to get through yet! I also recently picked up a pile of crafting idea books at the library I'm reading through as well. I snapped the top photo out of one of the books all about mason jar projects. Isn't that dressing jar idea adorable?? It could make a great summer gift for someone as well. Throw in some ingredients towards the dressing, a bag of salad and maybe even a fun summer cookbook. Put it all into a nice salad bowl with tongs and voila - adorable gift for a summer birthday pal!
I definitely want to pack in more grill time!! I love cooking on the grill in summer and adding that extra yumminess to summer recipes. Like balsamic BBQ chicken, or marinated grilled flank steak fajitas, or grilled peaches with cinnamon honey ricotta. Mmmmm. These are all recipes I have pinned under my "grilling" board on pinterest which you can find here.
I also want to get inspired to pack in more fun ideas with my kiddos. Like make our own fresh fruit popsicles, freeze grapes with jello mix so they taste like sour patch kids candy, make monkey bark, and find fun goofy activities we can do around our house and backyard or driveway together. We've already had some fun four square and pickle ball matches!! ;) These ideas can all be found under my "kiddo ideas" board on my pinterest you can find here.
There's also several fun treats that seem "summery" to me that I still would like to make before I get into everything cinnamon pumpkin or eggnog. Like summer berry icebox cake, apple pie fries to dunk in caramel, banana cream pie cookies and pink lemonade crinkle cookies. Summer sweet goodness! These are all recipes I have pinned on my "sweet treats" board on my pinterest you can find here.