Y’all, let me be real with you for a minute. I LOVE food. Like, really, REALLY love it.
My idea of a relaxing Sunday afternoon is leafing through cooking magazines, drooling over beautiful pictures, and cutting out recipes to add to my ever-expanding recipe binder. The problem with this is that I often gravitate toward really decadent desserts and elaborate dishes and think to myself, “Whenever we have a house and can host a big dinner party…” or, “Whenever we have the perfect outdoor space for a cookout…” is when I’ll finally make whatever wonderful thing I’ve chosen.
However, we are not in a “big dinner party” / “hosting all the events” stage of life right now. We love our cozy apartment, but it’s just not conducive to having a ton of people come over for a big sit-down meal. And so, my beautiful recipes sit in my binder, waiting patiently for their big moment, someday. But recently, I had a revelation.
I don’t want to put hospitality on hold until our space and stage of life is different.
Right at this moment, I am blessed to have a fully functional kitchen that I love to cook in. There’s no good reason why I can’t whip up elaborate creations and experiment with fancy new recipes right here and now. Even if they’re just for one or two friends coming over to chat – or even if they’re just for me and my hubby on a random Tuesday night. So, in this spirit, I’ve created my first recipe bucket list.
Here are the top 5 recipes on my summer 2017 bucket list:
My boss and her daughter made these one day and brought some in to work. They were incredibly melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I’ve been wanting to try them on my own ever since. This may be my most ambitious recipe, because I’ve heard the technique for macarons is no joke. But as long as I end up with something edible, if not exactly Instagram worthy, I’ll be happy!
I came across this recipe 2 or 3 summers ago and was so enchanted with it that I immediately printed it out (old school, I know!) and stuck it in my 3-ring recipe binder…and there it has sat ever since. I am resolving to make this fancy drink for something this summer – ideally for a fun brunch with friends, but I’ll also settle for a Saturday morning in my pajamas.
3 Peaches & Cream Prosecco Cake – Better Homes and Gardens (June 2017)
Clearly I have a thing with peaches in the summertime. This is another recipe that just enchanted me the minute I saw it. There’s something about it that just looks perfectly Southern and charming and delicious.
Key Lime pie is my hubby’s favorite dessert. I don’t usually consider anything a viable dessert option if it doesn’t contain chocolate in some form, but I admit I’ve grown to like KLP too. I’d love to be able to make him one from scratch every now and then instead of buying pre-made ones whenever I want to surprise him with a treat. (Plus, it’s one of my life goals to make every single recipe from Lauren Conrad’s book, Celebrate because I’m just that obsessed with it.)
Crab cakes have always been one of my absolute favorite foods, but I’ve never learned to make them myself at home. No time like the present to try!
So here it is: My summer 2017 recipe bucket list is out there for the world to see! I have a couple of reasons for creating this little list:
One of my goals for this summer is to be really intentional about pursuing and nurturing real-life, face to face relationships more and backing off of blogging and social media a bit.
I’m calling it my “slow and simple summer.”
My hope for this list is that it will motivate me to intentionally think of ways to practice hospitality by planning meals, get togethers, and any little excuse to invite friends into my home to connect over good food.
Another reason I’m sharing this list is to encourage you: If there’s something fun or fancy or off-the-wall that you really want to do, don’t feel as though you have to wait for the circumstances of your life to align just right before you go for it. You don’t need a reason to learn a new language or buy yourself peonies or bake a beautiful cake. Sometimes it’s OK to do things just because you want to!
So what have you been really wanting to do that you’ve held yourself back from? What do you want to slow down and intentionally focus on this summer? I’d love it if you share with your hopes for this summer, and maybe even create your own summer bucket list!
Let’s make this summer a slow and simple one: full of connecting, sharing, learning, and pursuing what really matters.