What Summers Are Made Of

July 1, 2011


Patriotic granola bar snacks


Bustling downtowns


Dads holding sweet babies listening to live classic rock bands (with toddlers twirling at their feet)


Impromptu meet ups with friends


Chilly glasses of chardonnay




Outdoor dining


New restaurants




Fresh salads, complete with Polyface local chicken!!


Delicious, with room for dessert.


[Grass-fed] Burgers & Fries (and stolen bites!)


Amazing hazelnut & coconut gelato ice cream cones


And steamy bike rides in the dark.


Books in bed, fans blowing and bugs chirping [outside!]

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1 Mrs. Fish July 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Sounds like the perfect summer day!


2 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Don’t forget sun-kissed tans! Have a great weekend, Kath!


3 Cait's Plate July 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

LOVED this post! These are totally what summers are made of! That gelato looks amazing – glad you got to get it, I saw your tweet planning for it and was like “oooh that’s such a good idea!” :)


4 Catherine@happinessafterheartache July 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I completely agree! Especially the fan blowing – can’t stand having the A/C on. Even the birds chirping outside my window at 4am is a welcome sound!


5 Sandy July 2, 2011 at 8:35 am

I always think I am the only one who hates air conditioning. Summer is all about the summer smells and sounds and feel.


6 kaila @ healthy helper! July 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Love this. Cville is the like the city of never ending restaurants….you guys always seem to find a new one to try out!


7 Krissy - Shiawase Life July 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Yayy Cville Summer <3


8 Noelle July 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

you look so pretty in that last picture with the cone out :)


9 Pat July 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

My husband just picked me a whole big bag full of our first spinach! so excited to just have it outside the door. Must be summer at last!


10 Kristin July 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Are you still able to sleep with your windows open? I am envious if you are :) It has been AC ON for several weeks now at my house – I live in the midwest w/temp at 100+ today!


11 KathEats July 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

Yeah, it’s still not that hot here!


12 JessicaEn July 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm

The sound of a fan blowing while in bed brings me back to childhood summers soo much! That ice cream looks and sounds AMAZING.


13 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Wow, hazelnut gelato brings me back to our ice cream stand. Yup, summer for sure. :)


14 rumfunandsun July 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Yay! I am having a glass of Chardonnay now too! Nothing like fun summer evenings!


15 Julie H. July 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

This WHOLE post just put me into a great mood! :)


16 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Looks like a perfect evening! We had a nice dinner out and we enjoyed it in the air conditioned restaurant — it was 104 degrees today!

Have a great holiday weekend!


17 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) July 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm

A great summer evening! :) I enjoyed my ice cream with strawberries tonight.


18 lynn @ the actor's diet July 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

i always get hazelnut and coconut gelato together – discovered that combo in italy and it has never let me down!


19 J July 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I. Love. Summer.


20 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats July 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm

What a lovely summer night! I’m so jealous! I want summer!!! (summer school ruins it -_-)


21 Charlotte July 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Yay, Kath! Your post just made me so happy. Love.


22 Lindsay July 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Love the ice cream and bokeh in that first shot!!


23 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I love the last pic of you, Kath!

Your smile, your glow, your sun-kissed skin, you look so happy…and not just b/c of the gelato :) I can tell the outdoor music event was a blast just from your expression!

Have a great 4th and long weekend!


24 Jen July 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Perfect summer evening!!!! The husband and I sent the kids with my mom and headed up to the lighthouse on Lake Michigan sitting on the sand watching the sunset. Perfection.


25 Vanessa July 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Aww this made me smile! That gelato looks SO flippin good. Have a great 4th!


26 Lilly July 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

love this! And your summer glow, sooo pretty!


27 Aundra July 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Wahoo for Polyface! I visited the farm in April – love what those folks are doing. Talk about saving the world! Such an inspiration.


28 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 1, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Perfect summer day! With summers like that it makes you wonder why there has to be a winter at all?


29 Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm

That gelato looks AMAZING! What a fun summer night :)


30 Hannah July 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Oh, Snow White! I miss the Paramount :)


31 Lauri (Redheadrecipes.com) July 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm

And don’t forget watermelon and lightning bugs :)

Looks like a FUN evening! Now I want ice cream.


32 katie @KatieDid July 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I know you’ve worn the shirt before, but where did you get it from?! Love it! You’ve taught Matt well with the camera, those picture of you are fabulous!


33 KathEats July 2, 2011 at 7:31 am



34 Elisabeth July 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Loved your post! I especially liked the IC cone – makes me in the mood for fro-yo in a waffle cone :)


35 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Where did you get your shirt? I’m pretty sure I need one too :)


36 KathEats July 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

See two above!


37 Katherine July 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Looks like an amazing day!

What camera do you use?


38 KathEats July 2, 2011 at 7:32 am



39 Jaime July 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm

exactly why I love summer. that gelato looks SO GOOD! :)


40 Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine July 2, 2011 at 12:34 am

I love that the restaurant was called Positively 4th St! That is one of my faaave Bob Dylan songs. We have a record store here in Charleston IL with the same name.
Your gelato looks amazing!


41 Ashley July 2, 2011 at 1:23 am

Love the last shot. Super cute. Looks like a great night! :)


42 Khushboo July 2, 2011 at 1:47 am

This post basically sums up all the reasons why I love Summer! Have a great 4th of July weekend :)


43 Julie - StressStories July 2, 2011 at 2:31 am

That looks like the perfect day. Your city looks so charming and full of life all the time. And that icecream… Yum! :-)


44 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 2, 2011 at 4:11 am

Looks like you had a really fun day! That ice-cream cone looks amazing :)


45 Katie @ NaturaStride July 2, 2011 at 5:40 am

Looks like a perfect night. That picture of the dad and baby pulls at my heartstrings.
Have a great weekend!


46 Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

Truly are some of the finer things in like that you mentioned,Kath.

Bugs chirping. I feel you there.. except we have massive bull frogs out side of our place. i honestly never knew just how loud a bull frogs croak could be.. and still don’t understand why it is necessary for them to croak ALL night long.


47 Karen July 2, 2011 at 6:14 am

Way to kick off the Fourth! Beautiful photo collection!
Ahhhh…Summertime :)


48 Natalia - a side of simple July 2, 2011 at 6:25 am

And don’t forget lazy oh-so-cherished days off :)


49 chelsea July 2, 2011 at 6:32 am

That ice cream just made me extremely hungry!



50 Paige @Running Around Normal July 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

I dare say that’s the epitome of summer! All you need is a pool in this post! 😉


51 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 2, 2011 at 7:01 am

Looks like a perfect summer day!

And how cool that the chicken was from Polyface! I loved reading about that farm in Omnivore’s Dilemma. 😀


52 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 2, 2011 at 7:05 am

Sounds amazing :)


53 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 2, 2011 at 7:19 am

Ah… summer perfection. That’s how I felt about my Friday too. :)


54 Vanessa July 2, 2011 at 7:28 am

Love the list! For me, Summer definitely includes a beer on the patio and kiddies playing in the backyard paddling pool.


55 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee July 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

Don’t forget the smell of sunscreen!!! :)


56 Hillary July 2, 2011 at 8:09 am

And THIS is why summer is my favorite season. Hands down.

PS. Love that your local theater is playing Snow White!! How fun.


57 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 2, 2011 at 8:19 am

Hazelnut and Coconut!??!?! Man, that sounds delicious. Also “Dads holding sweet babies listening to live classic rock bands (with toddlers twirling at their feet)” makes my uterus skip a beat.


58 Monica July 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

Ah, this post just makes me feel relaxed!


59 Kim July 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

I saw that shirt a few weeks ago and I finally ordered it last night when this reminded me. Love it. I also treated myself to gelato last night because the summer air just made it feel right!


60 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio July 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

cute post!! Loved reading it. Summer is fantastic!


61 Liz @ Something To Chew On July 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

This is a great post! Super cute and summery.

That picture of the burger and fries with the ketchup oh-so-running out of the bottle makes me want to BBQ for breakfast haha :)


62 Ridgely July 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

The ice cream cone looks delicious! What a great summer day!


63 Angel7 July 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

That sounds like a great summer :)

Where do you get your T-shirts? They look comfortable! I am looking for some new ones, but am picky about the cotton. The cotton has to be thin and breathable.



64 Sarah Elizabeth July 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

Love the last shot (you with the cone). All of them are great! Happy 4th.


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