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Summer Storms

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One of my favorite things about summer is the rainstorms*. Having the windows open so you can listen to he sound of rain against the house, sitting outside and watching the skies and all of their colors, the smell of wet grass, falling asleep with the cool breeze… I prefer the sunshine, but there’s a lot to love about the spontaneous storms of summer.  This weekend though I’m hoping for nothing but clear skies so we can enjoy cookouts, fireworks, and lots of fun with friends and family, and wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth!

*Of course, some of the storms we’ve had in this area lately left a lot of people without power and caused a bit of damage and I don’t wish that on anyone.  I hope anyone who was affected by the recent weather came out relatively unscathed.

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Fresh Vest

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After being on the hunt for the perfect oversized, green vest for some time, I finally decided to find a jacket with the fit I was after and take some scissors to the sleeves.  Ever since, this d.i.y. vest has become my go-to piece to throw on over any dress to give it a fresh look.

{Forever 21 dress and earrings; Just Fabulous Cargo jacket (d.i.y. into a vest); Betula Licensed by Birkenstock sandals from Kohl’s; Maryln Schiff bracelet; c/o Sunglass Warehouse sunglasses}

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Summer Book Club

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It’s been a few weeks since my last summer book club roundup, but between heading out-of-town and prepping for the holiday weekend, there hasn’t been much time to sit back with a new book.  (Although there are quite a few I have queued up to read.)  With one of my favorite holidays for BBQ-ing coming up this weekend though, I have been having fun browsing some new cookbooks for recipe inspirations.  Summer is all about feasting on light and fresh meals and I’m all about using fresh fruits and veggies for healthier meals.  These three cookbooks are my current favorites to add a little creativity to our dinner routine.

Simply in Season: Tenth Anniversary Edition (Mary Beth Lind)

A fruit and vegetable guide and 300+ seasonal recipes.  I’m looking forward to trying out the lemon and herb butters on some Jersey corn this weekend.

Fresh From The Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories (Susie Middleton)

The author is nicknamed the “Queen of Fresh” so what better source to turn to when it’s time to cook up my latest farmer’s market finds.

Guilt-Free Baking: Low-Calorie and Low-Fat Sweet Treats (Gee Charman)

Guilt-free desserts?  Sign me up!  Brownies that won’t totally destroy my waistline sound too good to be true.  I’ll let you know once I whip some up.

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