My Summer Bucket List

This post is sponsored by Discover Boating but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Cool breeze in your hair, summer sights, and togetherness. No doubt, summer is the BEST for family.

In fact, I make a summer bucket list every early July because I really like to live up to my list. I think making the list helps make it all true. And we have big plans for summer of 2018, as usual. My family really knows how to summer with style!

I found out pretty recently through DiscoverBoating.com that we have so many boating options this summer! In fact, I love DiscoverBoating.com because it helps you to find local boat rentals and clubs near you, has a Boat Selector tool, has great how to videos and boating basics videos, helps you find youth boating programs close to home, and even provides a boat loan calculator. That way you can calculate what it might cost to finance a boat. You can find ALL of that awesome info here.

So you may have guessed what’s #1 on our summer bucket list. Boating!

And not just any boating – we specifically want to be on a motorboat or sailboat. I remember renting a motorboat every summer in Ocean City, MD and LOVING the feeling of the wind in my hair. Des asked if this could be the summer we go on a motorboat together. I told him there was no way I’d say no to that! We also used to rent a sailboat in Myrtle Beach and I can’t wait to feel the wind in my hair from a sailboat! It’s been so many years that I’m so excited to have this tool to help us find some summer boating fun. There’s nothing so soothing yet exhilarating than being in a boat on a sea, river or lake.

Did you know?

  • 142 million Americans (adults and children) go boating each year.

  • Annual U.S. sales of boats, marine products and services totaled $39 billion in 2017, an increase of 7 percent from 2016.

  • It’s not just new boats Americans are buying; there were an estimated 988,200 pre-owned boats (powerboats, personal watercraft, and sailboats) sold in 2017.

  • There are nearly 12 million registered/documented boats in the U.S. in 2016 (2017 data will be available in July 2018).

  • 95 percent of boats on the water (powerboats, personal watercraft, and sailboats) in the U.S. are small in size, measuring less than 26 feet in length—boats that can be trailered by a vehicle to local waterways.

  • Boating is predominantly “middle-class” with 62 percent of boat owners having a household income less than $100,000.

Discover Boating did a survey and discovered that 82% of Americans say being around the water is relaxing, 72% of Americans feel healthier after spending time on the water (I do), and 84% of parents think that their kids would be more likely to unplug on a boat trip versus a road trip. And, 88% of American parents feel that their kids need to get more involved in outdoor activities this summer, like boating. I will say I fully support this statistic!

And here’s the rest of our summer bucket list:

2 – Go raspberry picking!

3 – Go on a moose safari. Even though I go on my own moose safaris every so often, it would be nice to sit back and let someone else lead.

4 – Head to northern New England and rent a cabin. Enough said there!

5 – Truly relax in Cape Cod. We are going soon and we can’t wait!

6 – Have an amazing retreat in Maine. My family is booked for a vacation camping weekend in Waldoboro, Maine in August.

7 – Make raspberry s’mores.

8 – Eat a lot of ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

9 – Celebrate our summer birthdays in style.

10 – See fireworks one more time this summer.

Do you love to go boating?

Dixie Summer Entertaining: Fruit Tart Recipe

This is sponsored by Acorn, all opinions are my own.

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One thing that people often say about New England is that the long winters make you appreciate spring and summer more.

I will amend it to say that the double winter (winter and then spring) makes you appreciate summer and fall more. We’ve been pretty robbed of good early spring for the past few years. 2018 might have been the worst I’ve seen. It makes me dream about summer nearly every day. That’s one thing that never changes. Summer comes without fail, and then we’re ready for it! We’re ready for warm days, cool breezes at night, and mouth-watering food. We’re ready to PARTY. We have three summer birthdays within our immediate family, so that leads to all sorts of good occasions to entertain several times.

I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s all I can think about right now.

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My mom and I LOVE to go to Dollar General. You can ask her all about the fun we have there, and how much we buy. Sometimes, you’re looking for a helping hand. That’s my mom. Then sometimes, you’re both looking for a helping hand, so you look no further than Dixie! Even though summer feels forever and a day away, it really is right around the corner. People are setting up yard sales and family barbecues. I’ve seen it! That’s why I love Dixie products. They help and support, so we spend less time at the sink and more time at the table. Dixie always provides the style and quality you need while dining with your loved ones. This is what I love: cut-resistance, Soak Proof Shield™ and microwavable material. The best!

What do we love Dixie for? Crafts, of course, because you can make a number of adorable summer crafts. My favorite is for recipes, though. With 5 layers and being 50% stronger than the leading store brand, you don’t need to double up on plates. You might, however, want to double up on servings of my Fruit Tart. It’s pretty magical. Dixie has a Soak Proof Shield™ that can handle anything from salad dressing to burger grease. They are also cut-resistant and microwavable. I think we can all agree that reheating leftovers is awesome, and who doesn’t like warmed up pie? It’s a new twist on my fresh fruit tart.

Ingredients:

Crust Ingredients:
1 sleeve, 9 full size, graham crackers
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup, 1 stick butter

Filling Ingredients:
1 brick, 8 oz, cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries, kiwi and blackberries

Instructions:

Crust Instructions:
Add graham crackers to a food processor and process for 15 seconds. Add sugar and process for another 15 seconds until everything is a fine crumb. Then, add melted butter and process for 20 seconds or until mixed thoroughly. Pour into 9″ tart pan and use a tart shaper or the back of a spoon to press firmly into the pan. Refrigerate while you make the filling. If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely crush the graham crackers by putting them into a resealable gallon size bag and using a rolling pin to crush the crackers. You can then mix the crust by hand.

Filling Instructions:
Place cream cheese, sugar and vanilla into a food processor and process for 20 seconds. Open and scrape down the sides. Process for another 20 seconds or until the mixture is combined well and smooth. You can also use a mixer to mix these ingredients.

Spoon into prepared crust. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.

Remove crust from refrigerator and top with fresh fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours before slicing into pieces and serving.

Serves 8-10

What do you think? Easy enough, right? These Dixie packs will be in the summer picnic set and are in stores NOW through the end of July. I like to stock up early because they get me in the mood for summer, and there are endless opportunities for entertaining right now. Just in April, we have Cassidy’s birthday and our 10 year anniversary. In May, we have five birthdays within our family. In June and July, we celebrate three birthdays. Not to mention all of the holidays. It’s nearly July 4th!

Do you have BIG summer plans? I'm here to make all your summer entertaining plans easier. Shop Dixie at Dollar General, and also enjoy this delicious fresh fruit tart - perfect for your party needs! #ad #DixieSummerDG

Do you have BIG summer plans? I'm here to make all your summer entertaining plans easier. Shop Dixie at Dollar General, and also enjoy this delicious fresh fruit tart - perfect for your party needs! #ad #DixieSummerDG

What’s your favorite summer recipe?

Do you have BIG summer plans? I'm here to make all your summer entertaining plans easier. Shop Dixie at Dollar General, and also enjoy this delicious fresh fruit tart - perfect for your party needs! #ad #DixieSummerDG