I don’t like summer. There. I said it.
I sometimes feel like the only person on the planet who could happily live someplace where the temperature never goes above 75 degrees. I just don’t like being hot. And let’s not talk about the Virginia humidity. Gross.
I struggle every year at this time. Just as we are hitting the time where I’d like to spend all of my time sitting directly in front of my AC vent, my kids get out of school. I love my kids, but having to work to keep them active and entertained at precisely the moment when I am struggling to force myself out of the AC is not a good thing. It doesn’t help that a) most of their friends go to all day camp since both parents work full-time, b) there is no neighborhood pool, and c) I hate swimming, so going to the public pool (which would already kind of suck) is pretty much torture.
Thankfully, their grandparents are taking them to the beach for a few days, we have a vacation to Kentucky for a week, and we’ll do our usual 2 week visit to my parents’ in August.
Jones is supposed to make me a list of every museum/activity he wants to do this summer, but I’d love to hear from any locals
What awesome thing is a don’t miss in the DC area for two boys, ages 11 and 7?
And now on to food…
When last we chatted, I was cleaning up my diet. So far, that seems to be going well. I’ve been having an egg or eggs and veggies for breakfast most days, a large salad for lunch, and then protein and salad or veggies at dinner. To end the day, I allow myself a small sweet treat. I know Paleo recommends no sugar, but it a teeny piece of homemade cake or some Greek yogurt with maple syrup allow me to stay on track the rest of the time, I’m going with it. I don’t do well with deprivation.
But, before I started my clean up, I went out with a bang: our annual auction beer dinner. Once again, it was awesome.
Lost Rhino Face Plant India Pale Ale
Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale
Four cheeses (listed below)
Williamsburg Wheat (used in the salad dressing)
Port City Wit
Pear and Walnut Salad with Wheat beer Vinaigrette
Legend Brown Ale (used in recipe)
Devils Backbone Schwartzbier
Pork with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
Japonica Rice, and green beans
(This is so good, I could eat the sauce with a spoon)
Framboise (the only beer not brewed in DC or Virginia)
Blue Mountain Barrel Aged Stout
Chocolate Stout Cake with Raspberry Sauce
(I made the cake with Highland Black Mocha Stout)
I have to say that the beer and food paired SO WELL! Also? The cake was to die for! I don’t usually bake, but this one was totally worth it! Totally.
And I wonder why my shorts are tight…
Thanks, Jen, for another wonderful WIAW. Too bad there was no sensible snacking going on here…