Wednesday, June 21, 2023

A Summer Solstice Hodgepodge

Welcome to summer and this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered the questions, add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Hello Summer! In the northern hemisphere anyway. What's something on your summer bucket list? Do you have an actual summer bucket list? If not, use your hypothetical list.

It's currently raining cats and dogs here and we are so ready for summer to get with the program weather wise. On my (hypothetical) bucket list...cowabunga off the dock with my grandsons, make home made ice cream, snap one photo of the whole entire crew together, hike to a waterfall, and host an outdoor dinner party. 

Hmmm...maybe I'll make an actual list. 

2. What for you is the defining scent of summer?

A lit charcoal grill and freshly mown grass. 

3. What's a (music, food, wine, or flower) festival happening in your part of the country that you would like to attend if tickets/travel/timing was no object? 

There's a nearby foodie fest called Euphoria held in mid-September every year and I'd like to get tickets for the Michelin starred dinner. The festival also features winemaker dinners, tastings, cooking demos, and singer-songwriter events, but I'm sure the Michelin dinner would be over the top. 

4. Apparently a military whistle blower claims the US has a UFO retrieval program. What say you? Do you believe aliens are out there?

This is honestly not something I've thought too much about. Not something I'm all that interested in. My initial thought is not likely, but I wouldn't say it's outside the realm of possibility. 

5. Besides your wedding day and the birthdays of any children you may have, what are three of your top experiences in life? 

This is tough. Do I go with three big events or three small moments that I treasure? A bit of both...

  • Lunch in the House of Lords as a guest of David Cameron
  • Standing beneath a California Redwood
  • an 8-day hike on the AT when I was fifteen years old

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Inspired by the Hodgepodge last week I did make a strawberry shortcake on National Strawberry Shortcake Day (June 14th). I tried a new recipe and it was delish. The cake was made in a cast iron skillet and you put cut strawberries on top before baking.

I sliced mine and layered with more strawberries, then topped with whipped cream before serving. 

Yum! The recipe is linked here-Skillet Strawberry Shortcake

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  1. I hope you get tickets to the dinner and then blog about it afterwards!! Also, your strawberry shortcake looks yummy!

  2. I, too, am ready for summer. We have had a lot of rain and when not raining the temps are cool. I love sitting outside at night, but not with a blanket in the summer!

  3. Well lunch at the House of Lords sounds amazing! I'd love to sign up for a Michelin star meal. Living on a lake I can imagine that summer is well anticipated. Hope the weather dries and make sure someone takes a photo of the cowabunga off the dock with your grandsons. Fabulous looking strawberry shortcake!

  4. Your bucket list all sounds like a lot of fun, especially with the grands being involved. I hope you get to do them all and that you get that picture of everyone together!

  5. I love your list. Can't wait for you to jump off the deck with your grandson's. Oh my, I totally forgot about the cut lawn. I used to love that at my dad's summer home. A Michelin starred dinner would be amazing. I love your three top experience. I've stood under those redwoods too! Way to go on making the strawberry shortcake. Looks delicious.

  6. My hubby would love that skillet cake! Now I'm going to investi*Goodle the Euphoria fest. Doesn't cost a thing to dream! Thanks for another entertaining set of posers!

  7. I am bloody cold, my feet are very cold and sore but I am unable to put socks on my feet if I could I would go and buy warm slippers. I do believe there are other life forms out there. My life is boring so no memorable moments well none that come to mind.

  8. Oh I can't wait to try that strawberry shortcake recipe! That looks amazing. I've been putting together my summer bucket list for a blog post (I'm a bit behind so I didn't have it ready for the first day of summer).

  9. That strawberry shortcake looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe! And thanks for another fun Hodgepodge!! xo

  10. Your summer list sounds fantastic, and your shortcake looks delicious!

  11. Your strawberry cake looks delicious ! It's a pity you can't send me a piece ! I love the smell of freshly cut grass too !

  12. I agree with a charcoal grill! Reminds me of my childhood too.

  13. I was just at the Redwoods! They were so cool to see.

  14. My mother made strawberry shortcake all summer long. What a great treat it was.

  15. I like your bucket list. Yes..charcoal grill smell..yum. That cake looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe

  16. That's a good bucket list and I hope you get to the Michelin dinner. Your strawberry shortcake looks delicious.