It feels good to be knee-deep in summer, doesn't it? The gratuitous amounts of sunshine, the smell of fresh-cut grass, laughter of little ones wafting through open doors and windows. (In reality, my doors and windows are shut tight aghainst the humid heat, but I can imagine the wafting, and it is sweet.) Even when I worked full time, the summer held a certain magic to it- something about the heat and the proimise of laziness by the water made the eight hour work day worth it. And going even further back, back to the days when summer meant sleeping in and my wardrobe consisted of a swimsuit and sunscreen... my sisters and spending hours running through sprinklers and building clubhouses in the backyard, and seeing even the parents get into it: they packed coolers with ice and capri sun pouches, loaded up the car with beach towels and lawn chairs and drove us all to the local water park for the day. So much fun.
It's memories like these that make us all breathe a little deeper on July days like today. We sit around the dinner table a little longer, enjoy the sunshine a little more, maybe even let the kids stay up a little later. Regular meal times become picnics. Supper shifts from flatware to paper plates, and we relax. Because that's what summer is all about, isn't it? A time to soak it all in. At least that's the hope.
Things get stressful. Having the kids home isn't all it's cracked up to be, and by the end of the day, the house is a mess and you've barely finished a cup of coffee, let alone showered. But there is still hope for supper time- and with this fun side-dish, keeping your cool is just a few chops and a stir away. Creamy avocados drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice create their own dressing for enticingly chilly cucumbers and halved grape tomatoes. Salads don't get much more simple, fast, frugal or delicious.
To get the recipe for this salad, visit http://food.guthriefam.org/2013/07/recipe-cucumber-avocado-salad/
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