This weekend our corner of Ohio finally got a reprieve from the sweltering weather, and we’ve enjoyed some truly perfect mid 70 degree days. When it’s this beautiful outside, my mind immediately tells me we need to be doing all the things. We can’t waste such a perfect day! We should be at the park or a festival or the pool or a baseball game!
But yesterday I fought the urge to go, and instead we stayed home, read a book on the back porch during nap time, grilled hot dogs, and lit the last of our sparklers. It was simple and restful, and definitely what our family needed. I’m hoping to lean into a slower pace for the rest of the summer, reminding myself that rest isn’t a waste and a packed schedule doesn’t necessarily equal the most well-lived summer. After all, some of the best memories are the ones we make in our own backyards.
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad – Melanie Makes
Dill Pickle Grilled Cheese – Little Dairy on the Prairie
Greek Hot Dogs – NeighborFood
Skillet Covered Burritos – Diary of a Recipe Collector
Southwest Cornbread Sloppy Joes – Garnish and Glaze
Virgin Strawberry Sangria – Little Dairy on the Prairie
SIDE DISH IDEA
Southwest Green Chile Corn Casserole – Melanie Makes
Nutella Swirl Puffy Pancake – Diary of a Recipe Collector
Mixed Berry Pavlova – Garnish and Glaze
Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – NeighborFood