Summer Recap

It’s been a very full summer for us. As we head into a new season, and the rhythm and routine that comes along with fall, I thought it would be fun to reflect a bit on my favorite time of year.

My family started out the season with a bang– a new baby! It’s been a season of adjusting for us, to be sure.  I can hardly believe she’s already twelve weeks old.

We’ve spent quite a bit of time at the beach…

And even more in the pool (where’s there’s no sand for a particular toddler to eat)…

And enjoyed being outside whenever possible.

And then there’s the food that comes along with summer.

We didn’t grow a garden this year, but in addition to our CSA we also received an abundance of amazing produce from a new friend’s garden (or rather, small farm). In the last few weeks, I’ve made ratatouille twice. Pictured above is this week’s, from the beautiful recipe found on Smitten Kitchen (nearly every ingredient was farm fresh!), and we also thoroughly enjoyed the version from Nourishing Traditions.

From the same farmer friend, we also received delicious sweet corn and the sweetest, best melon I’ve ever tasted, a galia (a cross between a cantaloupe and honeydew).

{Photos above all taken with the Instagram iPhone app. If you use it, you can follow me there!}

Composting Update

Throughout the summer, we’ve also gotten quite used to composting our food scraps, dried leaves and even some of our junk mail. As I researched for our Compost Q & A series and learned from my friend who’s a Master Composter, I became more and more comfortable with how to do it (and realized how helpful a good pitchfork is!).

I can now say that our compost pile is thriving! I love knowing that so much waste is not only avoiding the landfill but is also producing something that will be so beneficial down the road.

So that’s my summer in a nutshell. We’re wrapping up the season right now with a camping trip at the beach (and praying for a quiet baby as we sleep in a tent!).

How has your summer been? Has it lived up to (or exceeded?) your expectations? What have been the highlights?

About Nicole

Nicole can be found blogging at her lifestyle blog, and is the editor of Simple Homemade. She loves to read, sew, make ice cream, take pictures, watch baseball and go for walks by the beach with her hubby and three little kiddos. She loves anything handmade and is affectionately known as a bit of a hippie among family and friends.


  1. I’ve never made ratatouille, but it looks super easy, and definitely something my family will love :-) We have had a pretty low key summer, it has been beautiful up here in Maine. But we are getting ready for fall now, and enjoying a bit of a cool down!
    Heather´s latest post: tomatoes!

  2. Our garden this year was a fail due to lack of soil preparation and a very hungry bunny. However, we learned a lot and have already started our compost and are building a raised bed this weekend. A friend is also bringing over a truck full of horse manure to mature over the winter. We are already excited for next year!
    Sarah G @ JoyontheJourney´s latest post: Caleb: 14 Months

  3. I planted my first container garden with vegetables and herbs this summer on the patio. I need to look into composting without a yard.
    Rebecca´s latest post: Hoping to get my Veggies on Route 66

  4. i became pregnant about a month ago, so our summer dwindled down about then. but before that we crammed a lot in including my favorite, beach beach beach!

  5. Definitely the best time of the year, This summer was to short, i guess time does fly when you have fun :-)

  6. All those pictures are great! Especially the first one. Just adorable ;)

    I hope the camping trip goes well. My babies were always loud and woke a lot through the night, so I was too scared to take them camping!

    That ratatouille looks delicious. Must make some of that soon.
    Stacy´s latest post: Hearty Breakfast Casserole (High Protein and GAPS friendly)


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