Here in lovely Southern California we are experiencing some of the warmest days we've had all year. If you live near the ocean, as we do, there aren't many days like this where air conditioning is used (or wished for, –as the case may be.)
Contrary to popular belief, we Californians actually don't have "perfect" weather year round for alfresco dinners and the like. (I can see you rolling your eyes out there in New England this very moment.) Honestly though, I grew up in snow country and I still say California has quite a few evenings that are downright cold, particularly here near the beach. Nights where you sleep with your down comforter and mornings where you linger in bed with the promise of hot coffee as the only impetus for leaving it.
That's what I was reminded of today when I saw all the holiday decorations already on the shelves. And that's why I decided this moment to stop wishing for cooler temperatures and to start focusing on enjoying summer while I still can...mornings where I can roll out of bed and step right outside to enjoy the sunshine and the balmy summer evenings where I can sit out in the garden chatting with my friends well after dark.
Furthermore, I'm taking my own little stand against the commercialized push (shove) towards the holidays –I'm going to make a concentrated effort to ignore all the decorations already on the shelves and the calendar hurtling towards October with the inevitable slide right through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
. . .Hmm. Let's see. Maybe a bike ride this morning, then home for brunch and the Sunday crossword in the shade of my favorite tree. . .then tonight a casual dinner party in the garden. Nothing heavy. Just a beautiful caprese salad with the gorgeous (huge!) heirloom tomatoes we just bought at the farmer's market, some tea lights flickering all around. . .
Caprese salad is traditionally made with fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese –burrata cheese takes it to a whole new level. I highly recommend trying it if you are lucky enough to have access to it where you live.