8.2.10 Gone Fishin'

Gone fishin 790 xxx
I'LL BE BACK AFTER LABOR DAY!! I'm taking a little time off from the blog. Time to relax and recharge. I hope you won't feel I've abandoned you. I love sharing my adventures in and out of the kitchen with you. Even though you're not a very vocal bunch, I know that on some days there are actually a couple hundred of you out there, and I'm counting on all of you to come back in September—and bring some friends with you! Going forward, I'm going to try to diversify a little bit; my original intention had been to blog about more than just cooking and food. I'm still planning to conquer sourdough bread, perfect a tomato aspic and write a big-picture treatise on creating the ultimate well-stocked pantry, but I hope to begin a new series of interviews with inspiring people and also share the saga of building our dream home. For now, for these dog days, I'll be lounging in the hammock, working on my novel and soaking up the summertime. Before I go, I'll leave you with a few suggestions...
Hammock 790 xxx
photo by george billard
Make gazpacho. Fry up some peach hand pies. Indulge in homemade ice cream...or sorbet...or popsicles. Use that sweet summer corn for a salad with tomatoes and bacon; skillet cornbread; chowder; succotash. Brew sun tea with herbs from your garden—anise hyssop, lemon balm, mint, sage, lavender—and make flavored syrups to lightly sweeten them. Drink homemade lemonade and drop in a few enormous blackberries. Bake crumbles with fresh nectarines, raspberries, plums. I hope you'll take some time off, too; unplug, daydream, dangle your toes in the water, take naps, breathe deeply and ponder your blessings. Admire your loved ones. Count the fireflies. Play badminton. Do the crossword. Life is sweet.
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Thanks for all the wonderful posts Laura! have a relaxing summer...
suzinn on August 2, 2010 at 9:23 am —
I have enjoyed every post, Laura, and have learned a lot. Happy unpluggin' ...
Gail on August 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm —
Hey Laura - time off. What a good idea. I wish I could too. Have a great time and thanks for the inspiring writing. :-)
Rob Lee on August 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm —
Well, I certainly will miss this blog while you are gone but it will give me time to run backwards through your blog and catch all the past posts. I can hardly wait to hear more about the novel! Have a great summer.
Nancy on August 3, 2010 at 12:12 am —
i shall be here, waiting to hear about what youve been up to...xxx shayma
shayma on August 13, 2010 at 3:11 am —
hope you have a great time and see you back here soon!
tasteofbeirut on August 13, 2010 at 9:29 am —
you deserve rest, applause and jolly times, not to mention, worldwide recognition! sure wish i had your talents! love
miriam on August 14, 2010 at 6:34 am —
A belated thanks. You know the good life better than anyone! XOX PBS
Peter on August 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm —
We agree - you need time off to smell the roses and admire the lovely scenery you & "G" have created. Enjoy every minute. Love & XXX
Nan on August 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm —