the fleeting summer and a recipe: balsamic roasted summer vegetables

I have the post-vacation blues this week. I expected to be in a bit of a funk for a day or so, but it’s sticking around a bit longer than it should.

Is this what I get for having such a restful, carefree vacation?

We spent last week in Rosemary Beach, a gorgeous beach town in Florida’s panhandle. Some good friends of ours, with children around the same ages of Madeline and Oliver, came with us on the trip and shared the house with us. The house was huge,  three stories, and only a three minute walk to the beach and a two minute walk to the pool.  I brought my laptop but I let it sit, powered off and unopened, and eventually it became piled high with random articles of clothing. I finished one book and read another two books during the more relaxed moments of the trip. It rained many of the days, but that just gave me more time to read. I made sandcastles with my son, and I watched my daughter play on her boogie board until her shoulders were browned. I spent hours over cups of coffee – or glasses of wine or mojitos or sangria – deep in conversation with my dear friend. I didn’t exercise once, unless you count climbing the three sets of wooden stairs up and over the sand dunes each day.

It was a good week.

It’s hard to come back to my daily routine and responsibilities after such a blissful week away. I anticipated perhaps a day of getting adjusted, but not this. I don’t think it’s just post-vacation melancholy. It feels like something more.

I can feel summer dissipating.

The heat is still here. It’s not going anywhere until October, or maybe late September if we’re really lucky. It’s the sense of summer freedom that is disappearing, slipping away like a handful of sugary, white beach sand through my fingers. The fact that school starts in less than 3 weeks is a harsh reminder that the end of summer is near. Back-to-school supplies are in the stores and the meet-the-teacher date has been set. I had to order my daughter’s new school uniforms this week.

I love fall, I really do. It’s my favorite season. But I haven’t had enough summer yet.

I need more time.

Yield: Serves 6-8.

Balsamic Roasted Summer Vegetables

Ingredients:

2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2-3 large yellow crookneck squash, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Toss vegetables with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Spread out on even layer on a large baking sheet and sprinkle vegetables with a generous pinch or 2 of salt and 2-3 grinds of fresh ground black pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes, stirring at least once during roasting.

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7 Responses to “cranberry sauce with satsuma”

  1. tina — November 23, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    You are right. We have so much to be thankful for! Dinner sounds divine. Wish we were physically all there to share it with you, but we’ll be there in spirit!

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — November 23rd, 2011 @ 11:43 am

      We’ll miss you (already do!), but we’ll have you on our minds and in our hearts, Tina. Hugs to the boys from us!

  2. Melissa // thefauxmartha — November 23, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    It’s with goosebumps that I write—such a lovely post. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. Carol Sacks — November 23, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    Lovely post and photos. Warmest wishes to you and yours — Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Chris — November 23, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, dearest MJ. I am thankful for meeting you in recent years! And, thanks for introducing me to satsuma. I wonder if our farmers market has them?

  5. Paula — November 23, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your entire family. Love your cranberry sauce with satsuma made all the more delicious by the generosity of wonderful neighbours. May your meal be blessed with much happiness.

  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 23, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    This is the first time I’m hearing about Satsuma… but now I am dying to try it. So glad your father came home. What a lovely treat… something I am sure you are quite thankful for.

    Have a happy and healthy holiday, darling!

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