Summer time and the living is easy, I love summer, but having said that Arizona is hot and 5:00 in the afternoon it is at it's hottest, so dinner is hard and hot and my group has gotten so big that we don't fit into the house any more. So for June and July we have adapted to the heat and changed it up. There is a lesson hear. Be flexible, being flexible allows for growth and lifts the stress. Last summer we decided to do the same thing and it was wonderful. So now we have a new tradition, we do a Summer Ice Cream and Cookie Social. Perfect and we start at 7:00, it's still hot out side, but my yard is almost all shaded. And this summer we added a musical performance.
Who does not love Cookies, Ice Cream and some great music. Perfect for hot summer Sundays. I had a great time and so did everyone else. Actually this third Sunday was Fathers day, so I expected a smaller group. It was great, I believe in being consistent, so I still move on no matter what is the day.
Oh, I had a phone call from the Mission President's Wife and she had a large, extra large bag of potatoes, it was so thoughtful of her, so I decided that French Fries was in line for the day. And it was great, everyone loves Ice Cream and French Fries. The funny thing was all the memories that came up from everyone there around eating ice cream and French Fries. My favorite Ice Cream place years ago was Swensons, we would go there and eat fries and Ice Cream, it was heavenly. Funny how the simplest things can bring up such sweet memories.
Now we have some great new memories of Ice Cream, French Fries, and some really great music.
The music was really the highlight. We have a very gifted singer, Melissa Solomon, who sings in the Arizona Opera perform for us. And Nathan Botts, a very gifted musician played the key board for her. It was fabulous. Can't wait until next month.
Here is the months reviews in pictures, enjoy the adventure.
|All set up to make fries.|
|I love kitchen Gadgets, this one is my favorite. It chops, slices, and so much more.|
French Fries do better if you soak them in salt water first. And it keeps them from turning brown. It also allows you to be ahead of the came. This is a three gallon bucket. Filled up.
Fry Central. I do it out side. My camp burner and dutch oven work great. It keeps the mess out side and the heat out side with all the heat. The huge BTU burner also gets the oil really hot.
|Thrifty Ice Cream is the best. Chocolate Mist Chip and Strawberry Cheese Cake.|
|Everyone enjoys the outside.|
|I love this family. It has been a great thing to watch this family grow and become part of our community. |
I think we all need to feel part of something.
|Just kicking back.|
|I love our neighbors. All of them. This family has become a great part of our neighborhood. |
Good neighbors are great.
|Brothers, great men, thank you for your friendship.|
|This dear woman is from Sweden, and her daughter is our Opera Singer.|
|Dear sweet women. Neighbors and dear friends.|
|Don't Know if this works or not, but I tried to capture this on film.|
|Nothing like a backyard concert.|
This young girl loves to sing. She performed for us after the program. Next month she is on the program. Her mother ran home to get her when she heard we were having a concert.
Third Sunday Dinner's can be what ever you want them to be. From dinner to ice cream and French Fries, and concerts. Let your imagination and needs create your Tradition. I love my tradition and I love the memories I have made over the past few years. Enjoy your adventure, I am loving mine. Chef Brad~America's Grain Guy