23 June 2011

Tick Tock Tick Tock

That is the sound of time passing...no....wait...FLYING by! I've been deeply engulfed in work for the past few weeks... so much so that I have had no time it seems for the present. 

That is all coming to a slow end as summer officially will kick off next week! I've started to lift out of the gloomy weather we have been having and started looking forward to what I know is going to be an amazing summer!

So to slowly get back into gear with my blog which I have sadly neglected these past 2 weeks, I've decided to create a countdown list of all the things I am greatly anticipating this summer:

1. Sunsets from our beach-front home
I was born and raised on the Mediterranean. Ocean sunsets and sunrises are the only things in the world that can re-charge my soul. I am beside myself with excitement.
We can see the Napali Coast from our beach.
2. Apple-Bananas and Open Markets
You wouldn't know it considering how much baked goods I consume, but I can be a health-food nut too! I love farmer's markets with fresh, locally grown produce and local specialties. I have already scoped out which markets in Kauai we are going to and a food item I am especially excited to try is what are known as Apple-Bananas or Manzano Bananas.
Stubby little jewels of sweet banana, apple, pineapple, strawberry flavours.
3. Flip-flops, Wedges and Peeps - Oh My!
Imelda Marcos has nothing on me for crazy shoe collections! Nothing though is better than summer shoes with their bright colours, jewelled fabric and ability to dress-up or down any outfit!

I'm coveting these currently....even though my collection does not require any additions...but a girl can love from afar!

4. Endless Baking
I want to take advantage of what little time I will have this summer to be more adventurous in my baking. I'm going to try to bake items out of my comfort to challenge myself and to have some fun doing it!

I've never baked a pie...you did just read that correctly. I have never baked a pie... but I will this summer! Depending on the fruit in season, it'll either be strawberry, blueberry or peach and I want it to look like this:

Aiming high for a perfect pie!
5. Reading for FUN!
Summertime is synonymous with reading for me. I have a few books so far on my to-read list as soon as they arrive in the library for me!

As time continues to speed past me and I mourn the end of another school year, I can also look forward to many new and amazing experiences. Welcome Summer!


Lori said...

Awesome list Dana, I love it! I can't wait to hear all about your long awaited honeymoon, you guys deserve it! If you happen to come across some rhubarb on your market strolls pick some up and try a strawberry rhubarb pie, I promise you it won't disappoint! It's one of my fav's and I need to live vicariously through you, b/c there's no way our store will ever get rhubarb in lol

ThyInspiredBliss said...

Thanks so much Lori... I can't wait! I will take lots and lots of photos!! :) Would you believe I have never tried rhubarb?? Definitely adding it to my shopping list! If you love it so much, then its got to be good!!! :)

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