We’re in the middle of a heat wave, y’all! I can’t take two steps outside without the heat and humidity makin’ my hair flatter than a pancake—even my teeth are sweatin’! Now I know Savannah’s a little more “swampy” than most places, but just about every town in America is feeling the heat right now. I wish I could send all y’all a cool breeze to take the edge off. I really do. Just yesterday Michael caught me sticking my head in the icebox. When he asked what I was looking for, I replied, “January.”
In spite of my fussing and complaining, I really do love summertime because I get to take some much-needed vacation time and catch up with my family. My grandson Jack could spend every single day splashing around our pool. When he’s swimming, every other word is, “Grandma, watch this! Grandma, see what I can do! Grandma, check this out!” So I sit on the edge and dip my toes in the pool and cheer him on. He’s got this new slide—one of those real tall ones that you have to climb a ladder just to get to the top. He goes down that slide faster than green grass through a goose! And he gets a real kick out of trying to make the biggest splash he can. I pretend to throw a fit as if getting wet is the last thing in the world I want, when really nothing feels better.
After he’s all waterlogged, I’ll bring out some refreshing homemade frozen fruit, yogurt and pudding pops for everyone to enjoy. We eat ‘em faster than they can melt. They are that good, y’all. I have four new frozen pops for you to try –Sunshine Fruit Pops, Frozen Raspberry Yogurt Pops, Creamy Coconut Pops and Gooey Butter Pudding Pops. Some are a little healthier than others, but if you’re up for some summertime indulgence—and I hope you are—I recommend my very favorite…you guessed it, the Gooey Butter Pudding Pops! You know that cool breeze I was talkin’ about? This is even better.
Even if it’s hotter than two goats in a pepper patch, don’t trap yourself indoors like a caged animal—just head out a little earlier. A summer morning is one of God’s greatest gifts. Life is blooming, the birds are singing and the day is filled with promise. What better way to begin than hosting an early morning breakfast party surrounded by friends? It takes so little—just a few heartfelt touches. A big Southern breakfast, an old painted table, mismatched tableware and some fresh-cut flowers from the garden. Some hanging cloth pennants cut from fabulous vintage cloth add the perfect festive touch. We can fuss about the summer heat until we’re blue in the face, or we can enjoy coming up with fun ways to beat it. By the time Mr. Sun gets high in the sky, the dishes will be cleaned up and you’ll be safely tucked away inside your air-conditioned home, wondering who would ever complain about such a beautiful day.
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm