Summer in the South: A Few of My Favorite Things

Easy, refreshing and delicious Buttermilk-Basil Sorbet

Summer has not been my favorite of the seasons. Of course as a child, there were some things I really liked about it: no school, swimming and vacation were chief amongst them. But summer is always hot here in the South…really hot. And I like cooler weather better.

As time goes on, though, I’m coming back around to appreciating summer again­—it does have a lot going for it, after all. Longer and lazier days, cooking outdoors, taking a dip in cold bodies of water, and tons of fresh produce. Here’s my little laundry list of a few of my favorite things about summer, the things I look forward to—most of which are food and drink related, of course! What are yours?

The Grilling Issue of Bon Appetit
Picnics in the North Georgia mountains
Buttermilk-Basil Sorbet on a scorching day
A day touring the wineries
Tomatoes, squash, field peas, butter beans, peppers and corn
Iced tea and church fans on the deck
Fireflies (or Lightning Bugs were what we called them as kids)
Cool summer salads
Cookouts with friends
Rose, Prosecco, iced-cold beer and frozen margaritas
Beef Burgers, Turkey Burgers, Salmon Burgers
Homemade ice cream
Longer days
Sitting by, or swimming in a cold pool, stream or lake
Eating Barbeque
Leon’s Full Service Summer Cocktail Menu
Competing with our cats for who can take the longest nap…they usually win
Scoutmob coupons for local restaurants with outdoor patios
Daydreaming about a fall beach trip, camping trip, or any other trip
Peach and blueberry crisp
Yard sales


6 thoughts on “Summer in the South: A Few of My Favorite Things

  1. Oh, and my favorite red, white & blue 4th of July dessert: A slice of pound cake topped with a giant scoop of Ben & Jerry’s vanilla, with fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries cascading down the sides!


  2. OH THIS IS GREAT BETSY! I CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT GREEK FETA DIP RECIPE! I HAVE TRIED TO DUPLICATE YOUR MASTERPIECE.(HOW COME THIS IS ALL CAPS.) (oh whoops! didn’t mean to shout!) many times, we love everything you make!
    love from Lynn, (your groupie)


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