Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"The Taste of Summer"

When I think of summer, it seems almost automatic to think of certain foods that go along with the season. There is nothing like a slice of watermelon or a cool refreshing drink on a hot day. Recently our family has had the privilege of enjoying the wonderful taste of summer.

I discovered a produce stand with great prices--thanks to a friend that told me about this place. I could not believe how much cheaper their prices were from anywhere else I shop. For the locals, this market is on Indian Street. I came out with a cartfull of fruits and vegetables and only paid a fraction of the cost I normally would have.

I came home and made a huge salad. I like to make salads that have lots of different kinds of vegetables in them. It is time consuming, but I decided it was worth the time.

Of course, fruit is always a big hit.

Lydia finishes the last of the watermelon.

Molly also enjoys this treat.

What is summer without home-made ice cream? My sister, Esther, gave me her wonderful recipe for this creamy, yummy, stuff. I had not made it in such a long time, so I decided to make some last week. Samuel adds ice to keep things going. The kids really enjoyed the process of making their own ice cream.

It was so good that we decided to share. We called our neighbors and invited them to come over and join us. We had a great time laughing and eating.

Here is a fruit drink that I have most mornings for breakfast. I pour 8 oz. of orange juice into a blender, add a banana, a couple of strawberries and a few ice cubes. It is also good with peaches and other fruits.

Ah, the taste of summer. Isn't it wonderful?!!!


Ronda said...

Yummm! I can almost taste all those delicious summer treats! We always enjoy making home-made ice cream...my kids even like it frozen, that is, IF there is any left over! Great summer post!

Angela said...

MMMMMMM!!! Sounds yummy!!!!

Nothing like cold fruit on a hot summer day.

Kelly S said...

I would love to dig into that beautiful salad right now! I can't wait until our local farmers start selling their produce. I love to buy farm fresh tomatoes. The smoothie looks great too! Whenever I come visit, I expect one for breakfast!

A Moment in the Life of a Mother said...

I've been to that fruit stand many times and I'm always impressed with the prices. I come away with a lot too. As for the home made icecream, Tom puts a can of pie filling in his ice cream. Whatever flavor he wants and it makes the ice cream so smooth and creamy. Just thought I would share. Have a great week.

Making Memories 1999 said...

Good lookin' pics!

CharleneOwensMomof2 said...

Wow! That all looks yummy! My sister Brenda goes to that produce stand often. I am going to have to try it.
I just found a recipe that sounds yummy that I have yet to try, but you might like it...

2 cups (1 inch pieces) seedless watermelon.
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup ice cubes.
Blend until smooth and garnish with a slice of watermelon.

Allana Martian said...

Yummy! I love fresh produce! Summertime is always too hot for big heavy meals. That fruit stand does have great deals. I'm in need of stocking up, so I need to stop their stand real soon.

Valorie said...

Making me hungry for a smoothie! What a great way to celebrate summer -- fresh fruit and veggies!