In mid-winter, when frozen days seem to last months, I often squeeze my eyes tight and think of why I want to live here. The image that pops in my head is a summer day at the beach; the kids playing in the sand, the beach grasses rustling behind me, the rhythmic sound of the waves lulling me into a sweet peaceful state.
Now that the kids are no longer babies, going to beach is not the huge lug-of-a-trip that it used to be. The gear necessary to take twin babies to the beach is cringe-worthy, and I had little interest in schlepping a car load of tents, chairs, diapers, wipes, sunscreens, towels, coolers and multiple changes of clothes over the dunes into a tiny square of sand only to leave it to chase kids around for hours. Yes at the end of it they were exhausted and happy, but I was just exhausted.
Now, with kids four, four and seven I take a cooler, a few towels, a chair for me and a handful of shovels and buckets. It’s still a schlep, but once there, I can sit and relax while the kids play joyfully in the sand for hours.
Summer is more than trips to the beach though. For a mom, the joys of summer can be as simple as not having to hunt down coats, mittens and gloves and wrangle the kids into them before leaving the house. It’s cooking every meal for a week on a grill with almost zero cleanup; sending kids off to camp in the morning and getting back happy exhausted kids in the evening; long evenings spent talking with friends over a glass of wine and a lovely meal while kids run and play; it’s lobster dinners, perfect tomatoes, summer corn, peaches and blueberries.
Here are three menus for all your summer events. They feature the New England summer favorites like blueberries, lobster and corn as well as barbecue, cool drinks and sweet desserts. There is something for everyone to enjoy at every summer function; either at the beach, the 4th of July fireworks or in your own backyard.
Summer Beach Picnic
Summer Lunch with Friends
Grilled Ciabatta Bread
4th of July Barbecue
Corn on the Cob