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Savoring September

September 7th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels a sense of dread and anxiety when the “back to school” displays appear in stores each summer. With a mid-August birthday, my birthday gift was often a new back-to-school wardrobe. While shopping for fall clothes is still a favorite activity, I still can’t help but panic at the thought of summer winding down as Labor Day approaches.

But then I take a deep breath and remember that fall is my favorite season. Sure, I’ll always wish we had eaten outside more and spent more time at the beach, but in reality, July and August are just too muggy and buggy to spend much time outside around here. Warm temperatures linger into September or October, the humidity fades, and there’s no reason we can’t still picnic and grill well into autumn. In fact, while the Foodie Tot began Pre-K this past week (after turning four last weekend, as pictured above), this is the last year we won’t be dealing with the back-to-school scramble for, well, many years. So why not take advantage of it? Sure, we didn’t make it to the Pacific Northwest this summer, but we are headed to Florida later this month to celebrate my niece’s fifth birthday — and there will be much beach time then.

So rather than lament the time that’s passed, we’re savoring the overlap of seasons. At the farmers market Friday morning, I spotted peaches intermingled with fall’s first Honeycrisp apples and pears. Watermelon and acorn squash side by side. There’s no reason to give up summer just because fall is creeping in.

Here’s my “extended summer” to-do list. What’s on yours?

  • make homemade lemonade
  • eat outside — on a weeknight
  • eat carnitas on homemade tortillas
  • picnic by the riverthis is something the boy and I used to do when my husband had softball games after work. with the baby, we never got to it this summer.
  • watch the sunset at the beachfortunately my sister lives on the west coast of Florida
  • crab picking one last time at Quarterdeck — did you know Chesapeake crabs are in season until Columbus Day? and that fall crabs are meatier?

the Foodie Tot with Nama, Uncle J, and a crab

Tags: at market · family · food for thought

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amy P. // Sep 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    1. Rent a surrey bike at Minnehaha Falls with beer on the patio afterward at Sea Salt
    2. a picnic at Lake Calhoun in Mpls
    3. a last trip to all of the area ice cream shops
    It’s cooled off already here though so I feel we’ve missed our window
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  • 2 Mariko // Sep 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    This is a good list. I will definitely try to eat outside more.
    Luckily I get a little more summer here in Hawaii. Not that I’m trying to make you jealous. :)
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  • 4 Keratin Hair Treatment · // Nov 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    my daughter always visit ice cream shops because she loves ice cream topped with cherries ‘

  • 5 Wet Saw %0A // Dec 2, 2010 at 2:53 am

    all of my kids love to dwelll on ice cream shops, they really love to munch lots of ice cream ,.*