Category Archives: Summer

Throwing a Summer Pool Party

Any excuse to throw a party is my kind of excuse. I am the type of person who loves to plan everything, so I love throwing a party for any occasion I can. With summer in full swing (!!!) who doesn’t want to have a pool party?

Here are my tips for planning a pool party all of your friends will love.

1. A Pool

A summer pool party wouldn’t be complete without a pool, but as it isn’t always a possibility, don’t worry about improvising. Turning on or buying a sprinkler, or having water guns or water balloons are great alternatives. Anything that lets you cool down in this summer heat will be a winner. Just don’t forget to have a supply of extra towels for all of your guests just in case someone forgets theirs.

2. Food

Summer is a great time to do something simple for food because it is just too hot to spend a bunch of time in a sweltering kitchen. My favorite choice for food is to make it a potluck. Have everyone bring something to share. Including, but definitely not limited too:

Fruit- my favorite during the summer is watermelon and pineapple. Especially after it has been in the fridge for a while so it is nice and cold. YUM!

Chips and dip, salsa, or guacamole, or even a combination of all three, you can never have too much food. And for something that makes you think of summer you can grill.

Burgers, hot dogs, veggies, and even some fruit, like pineapple, taste more like summer when they have grill marks on them. Continue reading

Family Filled Fourth of July

The fourth of July is not a holiday that I ever do much for. It tends to be a day of my mom cooking hot dogs, going swimming, and staying in to watch fireworks on tv. Even last year when I had plans, I ended up staying home because I got food poisoning. This year though, we invited my cousins and some close family friends to spend the fourth with us.

We had a ‘fire-sorta-work.’

Holidays at my house are always excuses to sit around, makes jokes, and eat food. A lot of food. Us kids spent the day in the pool, while the adults chatted around the BBQ and cooked. Just some of the food we had includes carne asada, bratwurst, and octopus potato salad. We cover a variety of cuisines at our family gatherings if you couldn’t tell.  

Would it be a family gathering without games and everyone being competitive? Of course not! All nine of us kids piled around the dining room table to duel to the death… aka play spoons and Uno. Although this time we did not have a round of Uno last even close to a whole day. Have you ever played spoons before? It is a favorite among this side of my family. We have had games with up to 20 people before, and let me tell you, it does not disappoint!

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Eventually, we took the party back outside, to the front yard this time, to play more games and to use the 300 poppers I had bought. They didn’t last very long but we sure had fun trying to do tricks with them. Like my one cousin making it pop off his knee, or you know, throwing them at each other…  In typical July Fourth fashion, we wanted to have fireworks and we did. Well… kind of. As my Nino so eloquently put it we had a ‘fire-sorta-work.’

Stress on the singularity of firework. We had a paper tank popper that my friend’s dad proceeded to salute as it popped and he hummed the national anthem. Cue the giggling from the younger kids and laughter/eye rolling from the other adults. All leading up to the finale of our fire-sorta-work. Happy Fourth everybody!  

Do you have any traditions for the Fourth of July?

 

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Lake Tahoe Summer Vacay

There is nothing like a Lake Tahoe Summer! Every year for the past ten years at least I have gone to Lake Tahoe (or Lake Taco, as little me used to say) to stay with my grandparents in the house they have up there. While this year I spent only about 5 days in Lake Tahoe, it was 5 days well spent.

~Day 1~ It was really a half day because it was also the day we drove up. After a long LONG  journey from my SoCal home, we got to Tahoe around 3 which is not too bad. Early enough to shower and have a late lunch before we went off to dinner at Scusa’s. A little Italian place down the street, where they have garlic bread… that somehow my grandpa always has a free coupon for… and lobster ravioli that hits the spot every time. Continue reading

Summer Bucket List ’18

Nine months of schooling has FLOWN BY, even though at some points it seemed to be never ending.  My first year of college is over! And with my first summer of my college years beginning, and this, possibly, being my last summer completely at home, I knew I couldn’t just sit on the couch and let it pass by. So I decided to create a bucket list of things I want to do over the summer.

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