Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better; To paint a picture, or write a letter; Bake a cake, or plant a seed; Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb; Music to hear, and books to read; Friends to cherish, and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there; With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair; A flutter of snow, a shower of rain, This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind, Old age will come and it’s not kind. And when you go (and go you must); You, yourself, will make more dust.
by Rose Milligan
My grandma sent me this poem over the weekend. It eased the slight bit of guilt I had been feeling over my inability to wash our towels as often as I should, brush my hair, and get to cleaning those dirty corners of our home. I have been trading these tasks more often for things I really wish to do. (Such as this Sunday morning donut run + drive to the lake.) It’s not that I don’t desire to take care of things. I really do. I use to obsess over a list of tasks each week to keep everything in tip top shape. However, since moving to Colorado last fall I began to let things slip through the cracks. I eased up a bit on my list and began to really enjoy each day for what it was. I learned to just “take a beat”. Enjoy what is here today, because tomorrow is tomorrow, and is no longer this moment. It doesn’t mean I don’t strive to steward well what I have been given. Just the contrary. As great of a gift the things in our life are (camera, computer, dishes, home, car, clothing, etc), there are other gifts we have been given as well – time, opportunity, nature, people, etc. To obsess over the first list and miss out on the second would not be stewarding what I have been given well one bit. It’s a balance, and as this poem reminded me this past weekend, it’s a balance that requires a great deal of intentionality and the occasional pause.
One of the most frivolous treats to me would be to make myself a fancy drink, in the middle of the afternoon, for no reason. Or better yet, for me and a friend. There is always water, or coffee, or a juice bar down the street. But how much more wonderful would it be to go to the market and pick up a bunch of fresh produce that you really don’t need, and take more time than you really should, in order to prepare a fancy summer drink to gaze at and happily sip on during a warm summer afternoon. Take a beat. Make this deliciously sweet and tart sparkling melon cooler with muddled raspberries, and garnish it with mint – because this moment is a treat. And if this isn’t your kind of sip, take a look below for links to all of the other wonderful drink recipes being posted around the blogosphere today to celebrate #drinkthesummer.
Thank you to Sherrie and Renee for putting together this summer drink mixer! Be sure to check out all of the clever and delicious summer goodness by these stellar bloggers listed below. And don’t forget to take a beat in this last month of summer and enjoy a fancy sip.
Will Frolic for Food | The Sugar Hollow: Watermelon Gin Cocktail w/ Cardamom + Lime
With Food + Love | Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay + Spicy Pickles
Kale & Caramel | Sweet Coconut, Hibiscus & Lime Slushie
Hummingbird High | Thyme Lemonade
Brooklyn Supper | Bloody Maria Cocktails
Cake Over Steak | Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
Loves Food, Loves to Eat | Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers
Dunk & Crumble | Ginger Peach Whiskey Smash
Tasty Yummies | When Figs Fly: Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail
Feed Me Phoebe | Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon
Earthy Feast | Strawberry, Basil + Pink Peppercorn Negroni
Ginger & Toasted Sesame | Blackberry Peach Margarita with Spicy Salt
O&O Eats | The Long Hope: a Honeydew Cucumber Gin Cocktail
my name is yeh | nutella egg cream
Beard and Bonnet | Pineapple and Cilantro Moscow Mule
The Pancake Princess | Strawberry Balsamic Shrubs
Edible Perspective | Rosé Slushies
Vegetarian ‘Ventures | Peppered Peach & Pineapple Blush
The Broken Bread | Blackberry, Cucumber & Mint Gin Coolers
Tending the Table | Plum Spritzer with Ginger and Kafir Lime
Appeasing a Food Geek | Sugar Plum Margarita
She Eats | Fizzy Lime & Blackberry Shrub
holly & flora | Pimm’s Cup with Blackberry and Lemon Zest Shrub
Vigor and Sage | Peachy Tomato Basil Gin + Tonic
The Pig & Quill | Rasberry Basil Gingerade Fizz
Hungry Girl por Vida | Peanut Butter & Berry Smoothie
A Brown Table | Fig and Bourbon Summer Smash
The Clever Carrot | 5 Minute White Peach Margaritas
Cookie and Kate | Watermelon Sangria
le jus d’orange | Peach Yogurt Soju + Ginger Plum Kombucha Cocktail
Chocolate + Marrow | Raspberry Thyme Smash
The Bojon Gourmet | Basil Pluot Pimm’s Cup
Snixy Kitchen | Sparkling Asian Pear and Mint Iced Tea
what’s cooking good looking | Watermelon Basil Colada
i am a food blog | Thyme Gin and Tonics
Fix Feast Flair | Berry Peachy Kentucky Mules
Salt & Wind | Watermelon Aperol Spritzes
SPARKLING MELON COOLERS W/ MUDDLED RASPBERRIES + MINT
Serves 1, multiply measurements for however many drinks needed.
a handful of fresh raspberries
1/2 cup fresh cantaloupe
a few ice cubes
drizzle of maple syrup
Mash the raspberries at the bottom of your glass. Blend the cantaloupe, ice cubes, and maple syrup together in a blender. Taste and add more maple or ice if needed (you’re going for the consistency of a smoothie). Pour cantaloupe mixture on top of the muddled raspberries. Add about 1/4 cup of club soda (or whatever amount you’d like). Stir the layers in the glass together, garnish with fresh mint, and sip away!