So, I was noticing this week that even if I didn't check the calendar, I would know that summer is right around the corner just by some changes around the house. I realized that the amount of laundry has gone from "hugely crazy" to "somewhat sane". The reason? No jeans, the kids are wearing shorts! And Lulu and I haven't worn socks for awhile...just flip-flops, baby! Can I just explain my extreme LOVE of flip-flops? They make me shiver with excitement, it reminds me of when I played Barbies when I was young and Barbie had a different pair of shoes for every outfit, I can afford to do that with flip-flops! You can't have too many!
Here are some more signs of summer around our house...
The sunscreen caddy has found it's "summer spot" on the stool next to the door. The caddy is the silverware holder from my old dishwasher. It holds sunscreen, bug spray, lip balm, hair elastics and hand sanitizer. We stick the phone in there too and take the whole thing outside on the deck.
There are swim suits and towels drying in the bathroom...
There is nail polish sitting on the bathroom counter 'cause we've been beautifying our toes!
There are flip-flops on the deck...
Our plants are growing...
There are flowers on the deck...
Three cheers for summer, you are my favorite season!!
Asian Summer Slaw
2 packages Oriental flavor Ramen noodles- uncooked (save 1 flavor packet)
1 package broccoli slaw or regular cabbage slaw
sliced scallions (to taste)
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce (I use low sodium soy sauce)
The night or day before: Break up the noodles, I put them in a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin. Mix the dry noodles with the liquids (vinegar, water, oil and soy sauce), sugar and one of the flavor packets that comes with the noodles. Refrigerate overnight.
The next day: The liquid will be absorbed and the noodles softened. Add the broccoli or cabbage slaw, scallion, sunflower seeds and almonds. Mix well. Enjoy!
I have tripled the recipe for a big crowd and I used 2 bags of broccoli slaw and one of cabbage. When I made it this week I just used cabbage. It doesn't look as pretty because it's missing the "green" you get from the broccoli but it still tastes great!