Monthly Round-Up: August

It’s the end of August, finally! The days are shortening, there’s the slightest hint of autumn in the air, and pumpkin products are finding their way into a grocery store or a Dunkin’ Donuts near you. I’m very much looking forward to taking the air conditioners out of the windows (though that might not happen until November, if the last few years are any indication) and lighting enough candles to make my house look like I’m having a seance while curling up on the couch with a steaming cup of tea.

However, even though we’re staring down September, we’re still firmly stuck in summer with three weeks  to go until we can even start throwing the word “fall” around, and the only steam I see is the steam that rises off my sidewalk after it’s rained for what feels like the 83rd day in a row. So while I’d love nothing more than to dust off my sweaters, boots, and comfort food recipes, it’s just not the time – but there’s light at the end of the tunnel!

Read on for a rundown of how I spent the last full month of (official) summer!

Baking

We live a literal hop, skip and jump from New Jersey, which is known for, among other things, its peaches. My husband drives across the bridge once a week to see his mom and she’s been sending him home lately with 3-4 peaches each time. I’ve used them in a few recipes, and this peach upside-down cake was one of the ones we enjoyed the most. With sweet peaches, gooey brown sugar, and fluffy cake, it’s perfect served warm with ice cream and a glass of iced tea.


Reading

If you like the movie Dirty Dancing and dual-timeline stories, you’ll love The Last Bathing Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan. It tells the story of Betty Claire Stern’s last summer working at her grandparents’ resort on Lake Michigan and the events that put her life on a trajectory far different than what she’d planned for herself. I had this on my Kindle for a few months and I’m glad I saved it for summer – it was a perfect beach read.


Cooking

There’s nothing better than a fresh seafood dish in summer, am I right? I’ve been eating a ton of shrimp this summer (see last month’s recipe post, Easy Steamed Shrimp) but nothing tops this shrimp scampi recipe from Valerie Bertinelli. I’ve made it twice a month all summer. (Bonus: it makes enough breadcrumbs that you’ll have plenty left over to top other fish dishes, like baked cod, or even macaroni and cheese!)


That’s all for August! How have you been spending the last weeks of summer?

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