Summer Fridays, Vol. 1.
Welcome to SUMMER FRIDAYS here at How Sweet Eats!
I could not be more excited about this, because let’s be real – is there anything better than a summer Friday? A relaxed Friday where we are either sneaking out early or taking the entire day off. There is no better way to kick off June – and summer.
Personally, I’ve always thought that the weekend REALLY starts on Thursday. The anticipation of Friday is so real. And I’m in this stage where I’m so happy and don’t want to let these little moments of “nothing special” (like an empty weekend!) pass me by. I want to enjoy every bit.
Even though I’m self employed, I still try to take as much of Friday off as I can in the summer. One of Eddie’s former jobs allowed him to leave at noon on Friday a few years ago and it was amazing. I still miss those days! And I even know people who save up allll their vacation days just to use it for all Fridays in the summer. Sure, Fridays are powerful. But in the summer? They’re everything.
Hence – the birth of HSE Summer Fridays. I did a few posts like this four (!! omg what !!) years ago and loved it. How Sweet Eats Summer Fridays are going to be my way of kicking off the weekend to make sure we ENJOY and love it… even if we have nothing going on! Real life inspiration and chats instead of a round up post about my ten favorite cocktails – which of course have their time and place. I want to make every weekend this summer feel special. And I want to bring you right along with me! xo
All the donuts! HELLO it’s national donut day, people! If you’re looking for something to celebrate, I’ve got you covered but I would definitely recommend the salted dark chocolate donuts I shared earlier this week. And if you’re feeling super extra, make a donut snack board like I show up above with your favorite donuts, fruit and… sprinkles. Of course!
This cherry chipotle BBQ pulled pork. Our freaking air conditioning is still broken and won’t be repaired until next week, so I want to heat the house as little as possible. This means tons of salads and grilled meals, but I am putting a pork shoulder in the slow cooker this morning before I leave and made a batch of the cherry chipotle BBQ sauce last night. It is SO good and easy.
These strawberry gin lemonades. Nothing else screams the first week of June like these do, right? Even though I’ll be in Nashville for The Pretty Dish until Saturday night, we’re going strawberry picking on Sunday and I want to make these for Sunday happy hour while we grill.
Strawberry cobbler! Yes there may be a theme here but last year at this time is when I made a fruit cobbler or crisp every weekend. And I kind of thought that it was because I was pregnant, but apparently it wasn’t and I still want to make a bunch. This strawberry one is the BEST.
Our summer bucket list. To be honest, I haven’t made an official summer bucket list since I wrote out this one a few years ago, which was actually kind of a sneaky trick since I was pregnant but trying to keep the pregnancy under wraps. When I look at the calendar, it’s so weird to think how quickly summer will go. We will be gone every single weekend in July. Things like the strawberry picking I mentioned above, taking Max to an amusement park, making homemade popsicles with him, having big fruit breakfasts every morning on the patio – those sorts of things! What is on your summer bucket list?
I’m diving head first into my summer reading list today while I’m on the plane. If you didn’t catch last summer’s list, there are amazing suggestions on there too! BUT. Since I’m going to be doing summer Fridays this season, I wanted to know if you guys actually wanted me to tell you which book I’m currently reading and then we could discuss in the comments? Nothing formal, but like a mini book club here on summer Fridays!
All the summer things at the Nordstrom half-yearly sale. I bought these shoes and while these other shoes aren’t on the sale, I’ve seen so many amazing recommendations for them that I couldn’t resist. Are they too mom-like? I hope not. Secretly (or not so), I’m just waiting on the the anniversary sale in July.
To every song of summer that I can. Here is your first HSE Summer Fridays playlist that absolutely screams SUMMER! Each week I’ll have a new one, and why yes, of course you can expect my interesting taste in music to shine through. I’m looking at you 90s Mariah followed by a James Taylor song which then turns into a Frank Sinatra duet.
A trip to Nantucket! I mean, I talk about this all the time but you know the reason I romanticize it so much is because of Elin’s novels. And then, of course, we actually went and it poured the entire time but was amazing. And I just want to go back ALWAYS and am constantly trying to convince Eddie that it isn’t too expensive ($$$), it isn’t too difficult with two kids (two flights or a flight + travel + a ferry which actually feels like nothing now after the traveling I’ve done for the book with both kids!) and we definitely have the time (even though I don’t know if we have the time this summer but I want to make the time, hello). In my secret not-on-the-internet world I pull up realtor.com late at night (instead of sleep, because why the heck should I do that?) and look at the $30 million shacks on the beach there. Dreams!
Something new here! We’ve been tossing the idea of Summer Fridays around for over three months now and to be honest, late last night I almost scrapped the idea and posted a recipe… because CHANGE. It’s different than what I normally do. A change. It’s something slightly new – even though it may not be new if you follow Crumbs. It’s essentially what I wanted my Crushing On posts to be when I first started them five years ago. Those will still be here (I know so many of you love them!) and they will be full of my favorite internet finds. But this here is how I want to make every weekend exciting, in a way other than sharing a recipe for the fifth time in one week and being like OMG YOU MUST MAKE IT but it’s Friday go on and be free! HSE Summer Fridays is a curated weekend for myself that I hope you can draw inspiration from.
But really, now go make a donut board and be on your way! xo
30 Comments on “Summer Fridays, Vol. 1.”
Loving this! Here’s to making every second of the summer…life, really….count!! 😄
thanks rosa! xo
I loved when I came to your page this morning and saw this post. I am SO glad you didn’t scrap it. I am the same way with Fridays. there is definitely something different about Summer Fridays. They should always be sunny, dry and drama free. I would love here about what your reading at the moment, I love the same genre of books you do, plus summer is the perfect time for them. I live in Mass and have yet to go to Nantucket. Its on my to do list for sure. Yay for all things strawberry. I am craving that lemonade now. Have a great weekend!
thank you so so so much!! this means the world to me courtney!
Nooooooooo summer doesn’t start until school is out. It’s not fair! Please wait for me……………there are still tests and finals……and I don’t have a new bathing suit yet.
ahhhh you’re so close!
I love this post!
Been DREAMING of Nantucket since I started reading Elins novels! I feel like I’ve been there💕. Definitely going someday – I know exactly how you feel!
it is so dreamy!!
I am so excited about these posts!!! I LOVE summer weekends – even though my husband and I don’t have kids and our schedule doesn’t really change in the summer, there’s something about summer evenings that are just SO special!!!
AND thanks to you – I finally bought my first Elin novel and stayed up WAY TOO LATE because I just couldn’t put it down!! Nantucket sounds like a dream and I’m only halfway through. Hope you have an amazing summer — I love posts like these! :)
thank you!! and i totally get it. even before we had kids (not that mine are even school age, haha), there was just something so special about fridays in the summer!!
Love this idea for Summer Friday posts and loved your Dark Chocolate Sea Salt dounts. I made them this morning and shared with my neighbors (and posted a comment on the recipe page). They are yummy.
Enjoy your first Friday of summer…I know the Fridays will go by way to fast.
so glad you liked them nancy!! thank you!!
This donut board makes me so irrationally happy. Gorgeous! Have a fab weekend, my friend!
thanks girl!! xoxo
At first glance I thought you had put tomatoes next to donuts and was totally horrified! Are those kumquats?
bahahaha yes! kumquats and golden berries!
👍👍. Love this for summer. It goes so fast!
Yes! I love this Summer Friday post and I’m so glad you’re starting a new tradition with this post.
I am so lucky that I can take every other Friday off with my job but even the Fridays in the office have a different feel to them with the weekend anticipation.
And also a big yes to the mini book club!
Although my schedule doesn’t change at all in the summers, something about Thursday nights- Sunday (and DUH of course FRIDAY) that feels slower and more mellow. Maybe It’s because there aren’t sports practices/homework and the daily hustle (even on weekends) is just less? I loved this post so much and am super excited for more of them.
Nantucket sounds glorious. I wanted to plan a getaway (for us that means something SoCal as that’s only an hour or two on a plane) but we found a house and will be moving mid summer (exciting, but it’s not SoCal beach vacation lol) Maybe next year. in meantime. I will live vicariously via your vacations.
and the cherry chipotle BBQ pork is calling my name.
LOVE this! And that donut pic OMG. So fun!
Here’s to summer!
Please post what book you’re reading! I am just starting the American Marriage and followed both this year and last year’s summer reading. guilty pleasure summer read lover over here!!
I loved this post!! I am secretly waiting for the Nordstrom anniversary sale too!! I LOVE the via spiga pumps you bought and think they look so cute in the lilac color! Have a great weekend :)
Loved your summer reading post and oh gosh, I already had several of those books on my must read list too! I’d love updates on how you’re enjoying them.
Pingback: Currently Crushing On. - ChefsMandala
I love the summer Fridays yay! I would love to go to Nantucket this summer. Last time I went, I was about ten years old, way, way back when. I wonder if you can take dogs on the ferry?
amazing. i love it. thanks for posting
Pingback: Summer Fridays, Vol. 1. - How Sweet Eats