“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.”Regina Brett
With the mighty St. Lawrence River as my backdrop, summer is my favorite time of year to watch the most awe-inspiring sunsets. I am grateful for the long quiet evenings, cherishing their infusion of peace. This time of year, I try to make every evening feel special and regard each dinner as a celebration.
I’ve included a few simple dinner ideas that my husband, Steve, and I have incorporated into our joyful lifestyle. These meals are simple yet elegant. Additionally they do not heat up the whole house.
Who doesn’t love a shrimp cocktail?
Cucumber/salmon bites. This one is very easy. Just cube up salmon lox and slice the cucumbers. Then use cream cheese with dill and lemon zest to hold them together. Stick a toothpick in and garnish with more lemon zest.
Another simple hors d’euvre that packs a lot of flavor is the mint, watermelon, feta cheese bite. Same concept, just hold them together with a tooth pick. They are delicious!
If we are in a pinch for time we enjoy cheddar cheese cubes with apple slices. Throw in some almonds and you have a delicious start to any meal.
When it comes to salads, I prefer to use the broader Merriam-Webster dictionary definition – a hodgepodge. We just throw some of our favorite cold foods onto a serving platter. These meals are easy and nutritious. The ingredients are easily available this time of year, fresh from our garden!
Um, let’s face it. If you know me, you will also know that I prefer to drink my dessert. I usually go for a Cabernet Sauvignon out on the deck, facing the sunset on the St. Lawrence River.
So it is that easy to give those hot summer evenings a peaceful vibe with a little extra pop of ambience. I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am!
Thank you for reading! – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)
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