Weekly Top 5, Vol. 16 – Summer’s Here!

After I read this week’s list, clearly my mind is in one place: summer! I know the official season doesn’t begin until next month, but the unofficial season starts this weekend with pool days, long hot nights and barbecues. Here are some things, along with my coffee (it’s never too hot for that), getting me ready for summer.

  1. Something about this song…I know Milky Chance’s Stolen Dance is a few years old, but it makes me want to roll down the windows, tap my feet, bob my head and shake my shoulders (according to my friends, that’s my signature dance move).
  2. Summer Go To…I love sandals. Apparently a little two much because by the end of the summer, mine practically have holes in the bottom. After going through two pairs of these (yes, I nabbed both on sale). I couldn’t bring myself to do it again this summer. Then I found these knock-offs for an eighth of the price. I am in love and can guarantee I’ll have worn a hole through these by the end of this summer (but with their sweet price, I won’t feel so guilty about it). Note: the nude looks great with a shiny finish. I can’t say the same about the black ones.
  3. Stand-out Side Dish…After last week’s temps of 90 degrees and our first trip to the pool, summer’s as good as here for me. But I can’t wait to officially celebrate it this weekend! This salad was born at the end of last summer when I combined left-overs in our fridge to give them new life. It was so good that this go around, it’ll be a feature at a barbecue this weekend. It’s so simple and so good. Four summer staples: corn on the cob, avocado, tomato and grilled onion. Boil the corn on the stove for 3 minutes. For the onion, coat a fry pan with 1 TB of olive oil, toss in the chopped onion and cook over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the onions are done, mix all ingredients together in a separate bowl and chill before serving. The ingredients are very similar to guacamole, but I kept the avocado ratio smaller than the other ingredients so it maintains more of a salad consistency. Alternative: keep the corn on the cob as a separate side dish and serve this as a tomato-avocado-grilled onion salad. Other fun variations: add bacon, feta and/or nuts. Can our barbecue be today?
  4. Keep Smiling…My goal with these top 5s is to find things that are bringing a smile to my face. I love this article that explores the root of Americans’ tendency to smile. Apparently it is based on our ancestor’s nomadic ways.
  5. Jump in the Pool…Summer (any season, really) feels like a fresh start which is always a good time to try something new. I forced myself to try something new this weekend. It was hard and scary and then exhilarating and empowering when it was all over (don’t worry, I’m sure there’ll be a blog post about it :)). Far too many people have no idea of what they can do because all they have been told is what they can’t do.  Zig Ziglar

That’s it! Hope you have a great week and even better Memorial Day weekend whether quiet, peaceful, fun or active (we’ve done all over the years).



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