A Glimpse of Summer

Being that it’s the first day of summer and the sky disagrees with calendar by producing gloomy clouds and a chilly breeze, I wanted to remind myself of one of my favorite happinesses (a word, yes?) of the season: violas. With a little playing around with new photo editing techniques, I smiled. I hope you smile, too.

Better Than Starbucks Homemade Iced Coffee

It’s the middle of the afternoon on a warm sunny June day, and I wanted a spoonful of the delicious salted caramel gelato my husband and I found yesterday at the store (no corn syrup and it’s to die for!). I was also cleaning the kitchen at the same time and was about to dump out the coffee pot from yesterday, but before I dumped the coffee, I thought an iced coffee would be delish (some of you would say, “Day old coffee? Yuck.”). So, here’s the simple way to make Better Than Starbucks Homemade Iced Coffee:
1. Pour just over half a cup of cold coffee into your glass or mug.
2. Add about a tablespoonful of your favorite ice cream or gelato (I don’t like my coffee super sweet, so a tablespoon added just enough flavor and cream).
3. Stir until ice cream is melted.
4. Add ice cubes to fill the cup (by hand, I might add, since if you put the almost full glass under the auto ice dispenser on the fridge, you either get your coffee all over or ice cubes all over– or both).
5. Sit in the sunshine and enjoy!

Grilled Beer-Butt Chicken


With the recent acquisition of a shiny black grilling machine, my (new!) husband has taken it upon himself to research any number of unique recipes to try this summer.  The first experiment started with a text he sent me saying (to the effect), “Can you buy a whole chicken, please?”  The results were really quite fantastic!June 06.01 June 06.02 June 06.03  June 06.05June 06.04 June 06.06 June 06.07  Voilà!  If you’d like the recipe, send me an e-mail or post a comment and I’ll get the recipe from my chef.