Monthly Musings: May 2021

 It's the last Thursday of the month already and time for Monthly Musings with Holly and Patty.  This month we're talking all about summer.  I just love summertime!  I am counting down the days until Alec finishes up school and we can sleep in, relax by the water, and rest.  



1. Favorite summer tradition? I'm not sure we have any summer traditions.  We tend to spend our days swimming, relaxing by the lake, kayaking, and catching up with friends and family (if that counts?)


rain or shine!


2. Any vacation plans this summer? Yep, we're heading down south to see my sister. 

3. Ocean, pool, or lake? I love walking by the ocean and hearing the waves, I love swimming in the pool and floating around all day, but we live on a lake so in reality lake plays more of a role in our home (even I'd prefer a pool).



4. Favorite summer fashion items? Thanks, shorts, and flip flops is what I wear most days. 

5. Favorite summer recipe? Oh gosh, this is so hard... I'm not sure I could pick just one!  I like most summer foods-- seafood, grilled meats, pasta and potato salads.... but when I think summer I do think sweet cool treats and my favorite ones are no bake recipe loaded with fresh fruits (especially if there's chocolate involved).  

Like this No Bake Chocolate Strawberry Dream Cake.  I lined a 13x9 pan with Yodels I had cut in 1/2 lengthwise (if you don't want the chocolate you can also use Twinkies and no cutting required).  Layered some fresh strawberries in sugar over the them and topped it all off with some Cool Whip sprinkled on some chocolate chips and strawberries.  It was delicious!  We brought it to a cookout and it was GONE in seconds. 




6. Strawberry shortcake or blueberry pie? Strawberry shortcake all the way! I am not a blueberry pie fan at all. 



7. What couldn't you do in 2020 that you can now do this summer? Nothing that I can think of.  We didn't have many regulations that I can remember from last summer that interfered with our daily lives.

8. Favorite sunscreen? I actually have a really hard time with sunscreen as my skin is so sensitive.  I try to stay out of the sun and not wear sunscreen as much as possible.  If I HAVE to wear some though I typically reach for Neutrogena; either the sensitive skin formula or the dry touch. 


9. Favorite summer beverage-- with or without alcohol I don't drink alcohol but my favorite drink (in all seasons) is some watered down Crystal Light Peach Mango Green Tea.  I buy the little packets meant for water bottles and use them in my 30 ounce Yeti.  A little sweet but not too sweet and always cold. 


10. Do you have a garden this year? Flowers, veggies, or both? We have flower gardens all around our house but I keep perennials in them so they are low fuss year after year.  

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  1. Thanks for joining us today. I am going to have to try that Crystal Light iced tea. Happy Summer!

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  2. That Crystal Light sounds amazing- can't wait to hear all about your trip down south!

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    1. We can not wait to head down... I'm trying to hold myself back from packing already.

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  3. You're lucky that last summer was normal for you!

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    1. You never really realize just how much of an introvert you are until a pandemic hits and nothing much changes... LOL!

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  4. I think I would love to live on a lake. I love sitting by the water so to have continuous access to that would be amazing!

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    1. I do love sitting by the lake as long as there is a decent breeze.. it's just the going into the lake that I don't like. It's pretty weedy here and there's always something brushing up against my feet or leg and I really don't like that.

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  5. You are so lucky to live so close to a lake. It sounds like you have a great time.
    That strawberry dream cake looks so good and the Strawberry shortcake. I am not a fan of blueberries at all. x

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    1. I like fresh blueberries and blueberry muffins but that's it as far as blueberries go.

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  6. I'm going to have to try that Green Mango tea! I love a good flavored green tea during the summer

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  7. Um, that dessert looks amazing! I am looking it up now!

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    1. It is so good and so easy with no baking!

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  8. I like strawberries and blueberries but boy, does that shortcake look delicious. Mmm, mmm.
    I have bought several new pairs of denim shorts and this girl is going to wear shorts this summer....63 year-old legs and all. I feel shy about wearing tank tops but might even break those out this year.

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    1. Good for you! Break out those shorts and tank tops!!

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