If you've been paying attention, you might have noticed that this is Week 8 of the Twelve Weeks of Summer. Math was part of my major in college (true story), and so I am going to do the heavy mental lifting here for both of us and point out the obvious conclusion.
We have four weeks of summer left.
Don't shoot the messenger. It's going to be okay. But I do want to make sure you're doing three things in light of this information.
First, soak it up. Sleep in. Drink deeply. Lounge around. Enjoy the lazy pace. In the blink of an eye, the routine will return and with it, the powerful pace of the school year. Find ways this week to actively enjoy the time of year you could not wait for back in April and May. Don't let it go to waste.
Second, allow a tiny corner of your mind to begin to think forward a bit. It's not too early to start doing things now that will make the school year easier. I have some more thoughts on this that I will be sharing with you in a few weeks, but I have spent the past two Saturdays cleaning out closets (at a relaxed summer pace), and I am loving it.
One final way I would encourage you to create space for your family as summer begins to end is to share as many meals together as possible. Whether it's poolside or inside, grab your favorite summer ingredients and share the time around the table. Hurley House has ways to make this easy for you (it's Pulled Pork Taco Kit week!) in case cooking is not on your summer to do list.
Have a lovely week!
Guys. If you've never tasted this salad dressing, you're really missing out. If you have tasted it, then you know. It's the best. We make it at Hurley House, and we have people ask us to bottle it. Maybe one day. In the mean time, grab some basil and whip up this magic sauce.
Personally, I love a cocktail that isn't too sweet. Basil is a great ingredient to add to adult beverages to round out the flavors and bring an interesting depth to your glass.
We say, "bay-sil." Our friends across the pond say "baa-suhl." And no where is this more pronounced than in Austin Powers, where his gadget guy's name is said over and over again in the best British accent ever. It kind of makes me wish I knew someone named Basil, but then that would be weird, wouldn't it?
Did you read this book as a child? My daughter Norah gave me the synopsis (as she is our resident literary expert), and it sounds adorable. Two children, living in a museum, solving a mystery.
We've all heard the song, but please please please go watch the music video. It's hilarious. Girls in cheerleading outfits, doing stunts and dancing, but in a very dated manner. It reminds me of an ancient prequel to the Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" video.
Storing basil is tricky. I cannot keep plants alive, otherwise I would grow my own. So I tend to buy it fresh when I need it, and only in the quantities I need that day. However, there are ways to make it last longer in the fridge, and this article outlines them. Let me know if they work!
We use a lot of basil at Hurley House. It's in our Lemon Basil Chicken Salad, our Lasagna, several of our salad dressings, our Fresh Corn Salad, and in our Turkey Basil Tea Sandwiches. There is nothing like walking into the kitchen when the staff is chopping up pounds of basil. It's like breathing in a deep breath of summer.