Not to ever miss Ask Away Friday, I have a serendipitous switch this week with Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter. We both have summer foods and travels on the brain, and we both needed a last minute partner. Perfect, as I hadn’t yet swapped questions with my fabulous co-host. We’re doing a theme today – food & summer, and I think they go hand in hand quite nicely.
Tiffany is a wonderful blogging friend, and like her title says, she is full of love, life and laughter – as well as great stories and photos of family life, travel life, and of course – Starbucks. She has been a wonderful and inspiring co-host for Ask Away Friday, and she makes fantastic graphics for her own blog and for all of us. Check her out -she will surely make you smile!
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Be sure to check out Tiffany’s answers to my questions about food and summer HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. If you could pick a dish to represent each season what would they be?
Hmmm! I really had to think about this. For winter, there’s this chicken pot pie recipe that my brother taught us. It’s nothing like my mom’s from-scratch recipe of our youth. I mean, not at all. It’s all pre-made crusts, rotisserie chicken and frozen vegetables, but you know what? It hits the spot just right and the whole family will eat it. Well, it used to be that way. The children can be fickle and only like it on alternate Wednesdays. For spring, I’m going to say ice cream. Just ice cream. When all of the shops are opening and there are ice cream cakes and homemade ice creams, and an eight foot ice cream sundae that my friend made for my other friend? Yes, that happened. Sorry my photo is just a phone pic and doesn’t show the glory that it was:
For summer, I will forever think about pasta salad. Tortellini pasta salad, with cheese, olives and pepperoni, if we’re being specific, which I think we are. For fall, Cassidy and his dad make this amazing pumpkin stew, with pumpkin, wild rice, sausage, lima beans, carrots and some other treasures. The bonus is that Cassidy bakes it IN a pumpkin! How about that one, eh?
2. What is your favorite fruit?
This is hard and I want to answer, “EVERYTHING!” Or, “Depending on how I’m feeling, of course!” Fresh-picked berries are nearly unmatched. I can buy them at the store, but the taste of them when they’re fresh, sun-warmed, sweet and local? That is heaven. However, I have to say that apples win all. Apples are just always magical, and you can pair them with peanut butter or honey. I’m going to go deep here and say that when I was 16, I had a life-changing experience that I’m still finding the words to try to tell the story. It’s about growth, change, survival, adulthood, and learning the magic of yourself and your world. I can better talk about it now so I’ll probably have to write an update to that post. Anyway, when I was going through the scary growing stuff, I couldn’t really eat for 4-5 days. The only thing that sounded good to me was apples. So apples win it all.
3. I know we’ve both had our battles with Mosquitos… What is your record number of bites at one time? *Mine is 8…so far.
Oh, I will never know! I’d bet at least 20 or 30. I got chigger poisoning on a lake once. My sister missed THREE days of work so I figured she must have had a really bad case but when I saw her, mine was a worse case. I’m strong, I guess. Once we went canoeing in some alligator-laden waters of Florida, and the mosquito bites I got were the kind that would have you waking up hourly to scratch the most intense itches imaginable. Then I got some nice scars too, I’m sure, but that’s a story for another day.
4. If you had to describe yourself as a fruit which one would you be?
Well most berries and apples can be sour or bitter. I’d like to think of myself as nearly always sweet. So I’m going with watermelon. Nearly always sweet, but probably too sweet sometimes. (yup). Sometimes seedy, and sometimes not at all!
5. A day at the beach or at the pool? Why?
Beach. I’d bring my book and watch my kids splash around. Or I’d go alone and bring a book! I love the ocean because you never know what you’re going to find. Sharks, whales, dolphins, whatever. And the photography aspect is better at the beach.
6.Do you have any favorite photos of summer…?
7. I know you have a love of sun dresses…definitely a perfect summertime look. What is your favorite dress and why (bonus for photo)?
You know, I don’t think I have a true favorite. I have many favorites and it would take too much digging to find photos of all, but this red one is a big favorite. It’s quirky and cute, and totally my color and very comfortable too!
8. What is your favorite summertime meal?
Ice cream? Hot dogs? Pasta salad? Ok, my true favorite is a cup or bowl of clam chowder (New England style) and some sort of not necessarily healthy protein paired with great, crisp french fries. I’m thinking a great burger with pickles or fish and chips.
9. If you had to eat one meal for an entire week what would it be?
I’d need energy and health, right? So I’d choose a casserole. Cassidy makes a great cheesy quinoa (instead of pasta) and he adds ground turkey and abundant vegetables to it. It’s really very good and it’s fairly balanced. Balanced enough, anyway.
10. You’re going on vacation soon…what is your favorite part of getting away on a summer day?
Yes, I’m away right now. I think I have a very curious and energetic spirit, and of course my kids do, because they’re kids. The thing is – I never outgrew it. Never. I see the wonder in a day in a beach town, or in the water, or exploring a lighthouse.
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