Summer Solstice 2017

Today is officially the first day of summer! Woooo hoooo! Margaritas, sunshine and watermelon!  Also known as summer solstice. What is summer solstice? It is when the sun is at the most northern point and the longest day of 2017.

All I know is today is the day that summer officially starts! And not a moment too soon! Parts of the U.S. are so heated up that flights are being cancelled, however In Ontario and other parts of Canada – our days have had temps below seasonal values and endless rain. So much rain that flooding has been an issue.

Will the arrival of the summer solstice bring us a warm summer? Here’s hoping! Summer is one of the best seasons and promises many exciting things. What kinds of things you ask? Well – let’s take a look at a few of my favourite things!

Socializing! BBQ’s, picnics, pool parties and family get togethers typically happen in the sunny and warm summer months. For me, there is no better way to spend a nice warm evening than with a few cold drinks and some great company!

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Travelling! With the kids who are out of school for the summer, this is the best time to plan trips of any kind. Day trips, overnights or even a few weeks! Plane, train or automobile! A quick little getaway is sometimes all you need to reboot and refresh.

efe-kurnaz-242515 Happiness! Everyone is happy in the summer have you ever noticed that? There is something about that dose of Vitamin D that just puts everyone in a good mood. Positivity and smiles are everywhere. Embrace it and soak it up! Hey, why not smile at a stranger – you never know how it might change their day!

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Relaxation! In the summer, you can find bits and pieces of relaxation almost everywhere. Sitting around a campfire, stretched out on the back deck, swinging in a hammock, or dangling your feet in the water at the end of the dock at the cottage. Give your mind and body a well-deserved rest.

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Memories! The kids on their bikes, making a fancy cocktail, hanging out at the beach, a water balloon fight or sitting outside under a blanket of beautiful stars. Summer time is a beautiful time in many ways.

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.Welcome back Summer! I hope you stay a while! We missed you xoxx

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Friday Fave – Dark and Stormy

The other night I was out for dinner and one of the drink specials was a Dark n’ Stormy. I will admit that the name peaked my curiosity. Our server explained that it contained, ginger beer, spiced rum and bitters. While I am not typically a rum drinker, I was curious to give it a try. Well!!! Yeee hawwww! I found my summer drink!

Research tells me that it is the national drink of Bermuda and is popular among the sailing community. By adding the rum on top of the ginger beer it will float creating a dark layer (the rum) and a stormy layer (the ginger beer) Hence the name! Get it? All I know is, I feel far from dark and stormy after a few of these easy to make drinks. Check out the recipe: Oh….and you’re welcome xoxx

Dark and Stormy Recipe

Prep time: 5 min/Servings: 1 drink

2 oz. dark spiced rum (preferably Goslings black seal rum)

4 oz. ginger beer

3 dashes bitters

Lime wedge

Fill a highball with ice and add ginger beer. Gently top with rum and bitters. Garnish with lime wedge.

Enjoy!

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