When I think about it, all that I really don't care for is the heat & humidity. Other than that, I LOVE summer!!??
Here are some things I love:
- Barbecues- this cannot be stated enough. I LOOOVE hanging out with friends, relaxing, drinking ice cold beverages, listening to music, playing cards, eating pasta salads & grilled dogs-- LOVE bbq's. :)
- Camping- it's like a 24 hour barbecue, lol!!! :) :) :)
- Beach Volleyball
- Ripe, Luscious Fruit
- POOLS- I would be super cool (literally!) with summer if I had a pool
- Corn on the cob
- Ice Cream- not out of a carton but that you actually go out for... it's an outing, a summer event!
- Seeing kids conked out on their mom's laps after a rousing & adventurous day at the beach (those little angel faces that were shrieking like demons hours earlier)
- Paper Plates- we always used those wicker paper plate holders that would be stained with ketchup & old potato salad, mmm... ;)
- Walks At Night
See? Summer ain't all that bad. :)
1 (16-ounce) Italian Country Bread Loaf
1 (8-ounce) package mascarapone cheese, cut into pieces
4 cups fresh blueberries, divided
6 large eggs
3 cups non-fat milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 (10-ounce) jar blueberry preserves
Whisk together eggs, 4 cups milk, sugar, butter, maple syrup and cinnamon; pour over bread mixture, pressing bread cubes to absorb egg mixture. Cover and chill eight hours.
Stir together remaining 2 cups blueberries and blueberry preserves in a saucepan over low heat until warm. Serve blueberry mixture over bread pudding. Garnish, if desired.
It reheats really well, too-- or you can eat it cold!
I can't tell you how wonderful those blueberries crunch. Reminds me of a scene in the BEST MOVIE EVER 'Overboard' with Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell. Goldie, as her stuck up rich character Annie Proffitt says, "Caviar should be round, and hard, and of adequate size, and should burst in your mouth at *precisely* the right moment."
These blueberries do. Enjoy! :)
Blueberries and barbecues,