Summer Love

summer love

Are you ready for a summer love?

Let’s get our feet in the grass, our shoulders in the sun, our laughter in the air.  There is no time like the present!  It’s time to SHINE!

I’m armed with a loose knit summer sweater, a color-pop swim suit, some bonkers lipstick, and a handful of beautiful summer recipes (like these Lemon Raspberry Breakfast Rolls).  Let’s make this summer living look effortlessly beautiful… even though I totally just spent an entire 7 minutes and 45 seconds putting on lipstick.  No bigs.  Let a lady live.


I dream of this view at Christmas time.  I really do.

This living is good living, indeed.


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Cold Avocado Soup garnished heavily with sweet corn, crispy bacon, and spicy peppers.

Treat yo-self.

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Call it breakfast.  Call it dinner.  Call it everything that was ever delicious about dessert!

Strawberry Pineapple Crumble.  So easy.  So bright and full of summer!  Potluck dessert: solved.

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Quit it.  Just stop right there.

If the mere mention of a Chocolate Malt doesn’t make your mouth water, we might have a problem.

I added extra malt and a burnt banana.  Proper.

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Perhaps you and your friends are going to have a popularity contest this summer.  Who can make the best summer playlist?  Who has got the best cannonball?   Who can stand the longest on hot pavement?  Who has got the most stellar hot dog preparation?  YOU!! You’ve got the hot dog situation in the bag with these Pretzel Dogs.  On the real.  These puppies are magic!

Happy Summer.  Put some love all up in it!

77 thoughts on “Summer Love

  1. As soon as I saw the first picture of this post I knew I was going to love it! I’m so looking forward to Summer! Here in the north of Germany we are still in Autumn, umpf.

  2. Happy Summer To You Too Joy.

    Yummy Summer Food. Your blog always makes me hungry which is one of the reasons I like it so much.

  3. Oh! My heart skipped a beat when I saw those cinnamon rolls! And then the soup and the crumble and the hot dogs. Really. Sometimes I wish I could just come to California and stop by your place like it is a tourist attraction, and you could fix me a 10 course meal that makes no sense but that I’d be dreaming about for the rest of my life. Love the reminders for dee-lish summer flavors!

  4. All this talk of summer has got me so jealous! It’s been less than 10 degrees here all week and I can’t even leave the house it’s that cold. I wish there were raspberries and pool-side cocktails… Hope you have a great time!

  5. Your pretzel dogs have become my boyfriend’s homies fav since I first made them for Superbowl’s night.
    Since then I’ve baked them at least another 6 times and I can proudly say that I’ve perfected my skills: meaning that I don’t make such a big mess anymore as I did the first time.
    Funny thing about making pretzel is the mount of baking soda you’re actually using…I never ever thought I would have to buy a pack of baking soda every other week!

  6. I wish you light blue skirts and jasmine scent in the air; lavender, mint and poppies; hugs and kisses tasting of sea salt. Happy Summer Joy!

    1. I totally 100,000% agree. I’m sitting in a Brisbane dining room that WILL NOT get warm reading these sunshiney summery blogs with big big sighs. Sigh. Joy the Baker should totally get commissions from Qantas, don’t you think? :)

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