Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Summer here has been busy, but not too crazy to enjoy. Or maybe we haven't hit the crazy time yet.
My goal of keeping the garden simpler this season seems to be working. I've done very little garden preserving since my beans are not doing well, we only grew enough corn to eat fresh, and my tomatoes are only beginning. I have peaches ordered for later this month and also plan to can some pears and applesauce in September.
We started school a month ago (since we have a July to April homeschool schedule) which is going far better than I expected (or maybe it is just in contrast to last year which was Hard.) Even though we've been having extremely hot weather the children are spending hours in the pasture building huts and teepees. I'm still working on some room painting as the mood hits and enjoying the fresh look.
But even when summer is going well, I still struggle with the question, "What should I make for supper?" Somehow cooking in the winter seems easier when I can stir together a big pot of soup or a comfortable casserole. But whether it is the heat or the number of activities, I often lack meal inspiration in the summer.
Maybe one problem is that I don't want to meal plan in the summer. I want to eat fresh produce from our garden but at the beginning of the week I don't know when the corn will be ready to pick or if I'll have an abundance of zucchini on Friday. I should at least come up with a general plan for meals, but I don't. So maybe my problem is laziness. Or lack of planning.
My ideal summer meals will be simple (of course), utilize lots of fresh veggies, adapt to various veggies, and not heat up the kitchen too badly.
Several years ago, Stephanie asked me to do a post on simple summer meals. I love post suggestions and fully intended to write on the topic. But, well, it was summer and the words got no further than my head. And each summer since then, though I scrawled a few notes, the post wasn't written.
But this is the summer it is going to happen.
Because - though I have a few ideas myself - I know you all have many more.
So before I tell you what works for me for simple summer menus, I'm going to open up the question for your input. Can you share in the comments your favorite summer meal ideas or any handy hints or shortcuts?
Because we all want to spend less time in our kitchen and more time enjoying these last weeks of summer.
Can't wait to hear from you.