Coppertone. Burning coals. Oreo cookies.
Smells like Memorial Day Weekend.
Lathered in lotions to kick start our summer tans, decked out in neon bathing suits, reading the latest issue of Glamour. If I'm honest, throw in some big hair and way too long fingernails. True children of the 80s.
First weekend of summer.
At the lake in New Hampshire, hanging out at the kitchen counter. Feet freshly rinsed clean from sand. Wrapped in towels to keep from soaking the furniture.
With the Indy 500 whizzing by in the background, we dangle our feet from stools and take breaks from the sun. Hot dogs with mustard straight from the grill. Salads doused in Italian dressing. Oreos for dessert. Oreos for a snack. Oreos... just because we could.
Sweatshirts in the evening. Cool lake air. Baseball with our neighbors. Rummy on the porch. Movies on the couch. Sleeping like little babies.
(These days, it's a little less about the oreos and a little more about the salads and the sunscreen.)
What is it about holidays that bring back memories from our childhood? What smells do you equate with summer?
Lake House Salad
serves 6 - 8
Head of lettuce, rinsed, rough chopped
2 cups baby spinach
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup snow peas, chopped
6 - 8 mushrooms, sliced
1/4 large red onion, diced
1/2 cucumber, chopped
Add everything to a large bowl and mix. Toss with vinaigrette when ready to serve.
Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons honey
salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to small bowl and whisk until combined. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with Summer Salad or any other salad that you prefer!