Monday, June 21, 2010

Things I Love About Summer...

There are so many things that I love about summer time.
One being spending time with best friends without all the stress of school. Being at a lake isn't so bad either.
Mojitos with fresh strawberries, lime, and mint. It may take an hour to make, but the fresh taste is worth it!The process of making them with good friends is half the fun!
Who needs plates? Sitting on the deck of the boat house with a big bowl of tabouli made with couscous, tomatoes, lemon, and parsley watching the sunset makes a perfect night.
Summer dinners are the best with fresh vegetables
Fresh cucumber, crisp carrots, and smooth avocado ready to be rolled into veggie sushiSummer squash, zucchini, and tomatoes fresh from the farmer's market plus carrots and baby portabella mushrooms inspired a lemon and olive oil pasta dish adapted from here
And finally, fresh ripe strawberries on sale at the market inspired me to try this recipe from Sprinkles I came across for some Father's Day cupcakes.

And these adorable cupcake liners that Kristina gave me were perfect for the pink berry cupcakes!
The batter was even perfect, like thick melted strawberry ice cream. And with a fresh strawberry butter cream and topped with a strawberry slice, these cupcakes are perfect for summer time, and any father on Father's Day!