The approach of Summer still makes me anticipate certain flavors. Even though, now, you can get many of these things year round. But when I was a kid, we would look forward to these summertime treats. You could almost mark the progression of the season by what fruits & vegetables were ripening. Each month brought new foods to the table. Nothing could beat the flavor of those home grown fruits, nor the fun that came with them.
Here are my top ten:
- tomatoes, cucumbers & lettuce from the garden
- green McIntosh apples straight from the tree, juicier with salt
- London broil on the grill
- my mom’s potato salad
- corn on the cob
- fudgesicles & cherry creamsicles from the guy across town who made his own popsicles
- cherries straight off the tree
- barbecued anything
- sausage & peppers on a crusty Italian roll
Grateful for the bounty of summer, rich in color and flavor, but most of all, the memories and relationships associated with each of these. Each one a good and perfect gift.
Climbing trees, spitting seeds, weeding the garden, seeing who could eat an ear of corn the fastest, then wiping the butter off your face with the back of your hand, the musical tones of the ice cream truck, the hubbub and lights of the local church festivals–all made for good summertime fun! Just so thankful- still savoring.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
What are your favorite summertime flavors? and what fun memories come with them?