Favourite Summer Recipes
Carol reminisces about her favourite summer recipes. These include smores, marshmallows, watermelons, fresh berries and more.
Summer Vacation Foods
Everyone has a puzzle piece called food since we all need food and water to survive. People often have their favourite foods and ones they really hope never grace their plate. Other foods are staples like bread products and milk. You may have favourite family recipes and even stories that might be told over and over again about why they are the best recipes or what occasions they are served on.
In the summer we might have special treats we enjoy when the sun warms the land and we search for something refreshing that says summer time to us. Do you have a favourite summer time treat or recipe?
Summer Recipes and Fun at the Lake
I relish the memories of summer fun at the lake, both when I was young and when we took our children to the lake. After a long day of play at the beach, we relaxed around a blazing campfire in the evening. Simple food, like hotdogs roasted on the open fire and making s’mores are part of those lazy summer days memories. Even now, when time at the lake is limited or nonexistent and sitting around the campfire happens when I speak at kids’ camps, I still recall my enjoyment of those simple treats, especially s’mores with their ooey, gooey toasted marshmallows melting the chocolate. Sticky fingers, stringy marshmallow goo licked off the lips and the crunch of the graham cracker can’t be replicated by healthy summer food. We tried making s’mores by roasting the marshmallows over the heat of the stove element but it just isn’t quite the same as those evening around a campfire.
Watermelon at Picnics
I also loved picnics with watermelon as the treat. It never mattered if the juice ran down my chin and seeds fell by the wayside when we enjoyed it in the great outdoors. The sweet and sticky red fruit soothed a parched throat, catered to my sweet tooth and was refreshingly cool on a hot day. I still enjoy eating this whenever possible.
Yet there are other, more healthy summer time foods I think of as well. I loved going to my grandmother’s place with her huge raspberry patch. One berry for the pail and another to sample as the juice stained my fingers and mouth red and filled my tummy with fresh berries. Grandma just smiled.
The same scenario happened when I picked Saskatoon berries with my mom. I loved to eat more than I wanted to drop into the pail. Yet I knew by actually filling the pail to take home, mom would bake yummy Saskatoon berry pie or let us have a bowl full of plump bluish –purple coloured berries covered with some sugar and then drowned in cream.
Fresh Berries as Summertime Treats
Fresh berries are still summer time treats for me, whether to pop in my mouth, drown in the cream, or as toppings for a summer salad full of fresh picked lettuce, almonds or pecans and maybe some snap peas, celery, baby carrots, or even a bit of spinach.
None of these summer time favourites really need a recipe. They simply need to be enjoyed along with the memories they each evoke.
The thought of summer time treats makes my mouth water, especially the sweetness of the fresh picked fruit. In Psalm 119: 103 the psalmist tells us of something even better than sweet treats like berries and honey. “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
In Psalm 19: 7 – 11 we read:
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and all together righteous.
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
May we share the stories of summer time treats but also remember each time we eat them of God’s wonderful words. We can learn them, hide them in our hearts, and live by them each day, no matter what the season.
Carol Harrison B.Ed is a speaker and published author with one book, Amee’s Story and stories in twelve anthologies. She is passionate about helping people of all ages and ability levels find their voice and reach their fullest potential.
She knows, through personal experience that some of life’s experiences are tougher than others. She encourages people that even in the twists and turns of life God’s amazing grace provides hope. She lives in Saskatoon, SK with her husband Brian. They have four adult children and a dozen grandchildren.