learning to do nothing, and a recipe: blueberry and cherry buckle

I complained to someone the other day that my summers aren’t relaxing anymore. I reminisced about summers past, when the summertime hours seemed to stretch endlessly ahead of me, open to possibility and whim. It should be a given that the months of June, July, and August are filled with merriment, intermixed with intervals of rest and relaxation. Summer should be filled with picnics and barbeques, day trips to the beach, quiet hours spent with a book, and leisurely afternoons at the swimming pool.

My summer isn’t like that anymore.

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I finally understand the problem with my summer. The problem is…me.

I’m happy to announce a new recurring series, The Cookbook Shelf. In this column, I will review a cookbook that has landed on my desk, found its way into my kitchen, and taken up prime residence on my cookbook shelf.

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The Book

Today’s cookbook is Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion.

The Brainchild

Alice Currah is a pretty amazing woman. She began the wonderful food blog, Savory Sweet Life, in February 2009. On SSL, she shares family recipes along with stories and photographs that tell of her everyday life. I feel fortunate to have met Alice in Seattle at the first food blog conference I ever attended. She was – and is –  just as sweet as I imagined she would be. You can connect with Alice on Twitter or Facebook.

silent sunday: yosemite national park, california

a happy chipmunk

the Grizzly Giant, one of the sequoia trees in Mariposa Grove