Summer’s Good and the Peaches are Sweet!

Welcome  Summer has pretty much always been my favorite season.  I think it had something to do with summers off.  What I really love, though, is the fact that I live in a geographic region where we actually get to experience different seasons.  In fact, we often joke that you can experience all four seasons in one day sometimes!  It is true that each season holds its own beauty and fun, but today we’re going to talk about all the ways that summer is GOOD.  Thanks for joining me today.

Food For Thought  Everyone has their favorite seasons and the reasons behind that choice.  Today, I want to share my favorite things about SUMMER!

1  Warmer weather means no bulky coats and jackets.

2 Warmer weather means cute sundresses, shorts, and sandals.

3 Longer daylight hours means more time outside…for walks, ball games, getting yard work done, etc.

4 Freedom from school homework, projects, fees, dues, and extra weeknight events.

5 The color green…trees, grass, plants, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, and more.

6 Farmer’s Markets…fresh fruits and vegetables a-plenty…cooking what’s in season.

7 Diving into cool, clear pools and lakes.

8 Fire up the grill!  Kebabs, chicken, ribs, burgers, dogs, veggies, even pizza!

9 Baseball season.

10 Sharing ice cream cones and heart-to-heart talks with my daughter.

11 Summer thunderstorms…aggressive and fierce, yet refreshing and calm at the same time.  I took these pictures from my deck during yesterday afternoon’s thunderstorm.  No filter was used for these pictures.

 

12 Outdoor concerts and theater performances.

13 Sleeping later.

14 Fireworks displays…the real ones, not the neighborhood kids with the noisemakers at 3 in the afternoon.

15 County fairs and street carnivals.

16 Flowers in bloom and in all colors.  These are some of the flowers my daughter and I planted together at the beginning of June.  They are thriving, even through the heat.

 

17 Camping under the stars.

18 The smell of coconut sunscreen and chlorine.

19 Nature walks, scavenger hunts, and game of hide-and-seek.

20 Eating with your fingers and getting sticky…barbecues, picnics, food trucks, and campfire cooking!

Looking for more summer inspiration?  Check out my Summer board on Pinterest!

Today’s Scripture

Today’s Recipe  We’re going to combine two great things about summer in this one easy recipe today.  Using fresh fruit from the season, in this case, peaches, along with a relaxed summer mindset to create this Rustic Peach Tart with Cinnamon Vanilla Glaze.  Who says you have to make a stuffy, complicated pie crust to enjoy the sweet tasty flavors of a peach pie?

 

Rustic Peach Tart with Cinnamon Vanilla Glaze (about 6 servings)

Crust

  • 2/3 cup AP flour
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 6 TBS cold water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Filling

  • 1 lb fresh peaches, peeled and chopped (I used white-flesh peaches)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 TBS AP flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Glaze (I had some of the glaze left over.  It makes a great pancake and waffle topper!)

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBS milk

 

Prepare crust by combining flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl.  cut in butter using biscuit cutter or two forks until crumbly.  Gradually add water and vanilla, stirring with a fork until dough comes together in a soft ball.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.  In medium bowl, combine all filling ingredients; set aside.

 

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 10-inch circle.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  Carefully transfer crust to the prepared pan (I use an extra-wide spatula for this.)  Place peach filling in center of crust, leaving about a 2-inch edge all the way around the dough.  Gently fold up the edges of the crust toward the middle of the filling, but leaving the center uncovered.  Brush the edges of the crust with any of the juices that remain in the bottom of the filling bowl.

 

Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.  Using the parchment paper or silicone mat, slide the tart on to a cooling rack.  In small bowl combine all of the glaze ingredients.  Drizzle the glaze over the tart.

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