Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer Eats!

I absolutely love the outdoors, so I can truly really appreciate Cay's idea for "Summer Eats" below...
Summer Eats

by Cay Gibson

The summer sun has not yet smoldered the southland in a bleached
cloud of heat. The nights are still cool, gentle, forgiving. The grass
is refreshing to bare feet newly freed from their winter’s foyer. The
summer solstice is in prenatal form but fixing to give birth. It is
pulsating with life. Why would we miss a moment of it?

The outdoors was God’s first vision of our preferred home. Trees
protect us from rain and sun. Flowers offer the first air freshener.
Crops barter the first food. In keeping with our homes being the
domestic churches, surely, our yards are the bowers into the home.
They serve as a glimpse into a once beautifully spiritual garden.They
welcome guests to our home. They leave pleasant memories in our
children’s mind of a better time, a better life, a better summer.

Susan Hill instructs: “In summer, the kitchen is not for
lingering in, only for preparing food quickly, wrapping it or dishing
it up, and taking it outside.” Until the evenings become
uncomfortably hot and unpleasant, I plan to take these domestic
instructions to heart.

· Do you have a simple patio table outside? What about a
picnic table? If not, perhaps you have a card table you could set
outside under a nearby tree.

· Find an old table cloth, curtain, or bed sheet…preferably of
fabric and with a floral print. Spread it on your table.

· Set a vase in the center. Have the children pick fresh
flowers to go in it.

· On a corner, set a large bowl or tin bucket. Fill with cold
drink cans and ice cubes. Or fill a pitcher with lemonade or water and set in bucketful of ice.

· Fix a simple tray of po-boy sandwiches. Layer them around
the edges. In the center, spread lettuce and tomatoes.

· Present a bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables.

It’s that simple. It’s that inviting. It’s that summery.

Cay Gibson
Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks


How beautifully said! Thanks, Cay, for your wonderful contribution to our Summer Food and Fun Week here at View from The Domestic Church.

Do YOU, dear reader, have a fun and easy summer recipe you'd like to share? Please do! And, stop by tomorrow for another installment of our Summer Food and Fun Week!


  1. Wonderful ideas, Cay! I think I am going to rearrange the back porch for easier eating this week. One recipe we have been enjoying this summer is this yummy lemon pound cake: http://tinyurl.com/mchf8f
    Looking forward to tomorrow's post!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Alice. I love her idea too! I'll look forward to your pound cake recipe which I'll take a look at very soon! :)

  3. There is nothing cooler and more flavorable than a lemon pound cake in summer!!! Wonderful, Alice! :-)


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