Summer Treats

The beautiful colours of fresh fruit and vegetables at the farmer’s market has to be one of my favourite things about the summer. Even if we don’t end up buying some of the most delicious looking fruits, I can still enjoy their colours from afar. This week we indulged ourselves very slightly with some homemade cheese and some amazingly fresh corn, coming home from the farmer’s market on Thursday evening excitedly discussing what we were going to cook this week with our finds.

I don’t bake in the summer. It makes me feel a little sad, because of course I’d love to bake something with all of the delicious fruit that is around. Our Chicago kitchen has some of the best light in the building during the day, one of the reasons that we chose this particular apartment over the others, but of course in the summer it is also often the warmest room in the apartment. Using the oven in the summer, with the hot sun baking down on us and heat rapidly spreading through our little apartment, would just be ridiculous (I could possibly just leave cake batter on the window ledge and it would cook that way…). So I feel a little like we miss out on baked summer goodies. But really the fruit on its own is amazing and I need to remember that next time I’m standing over a pint of the most delicious looking blueberries I’ve ever seen, trying to think of something to make that would give me enough of an excuse to buy them. I should never need an excuse to buy fruit.

You know, we still haven’t been to the beach yet either. I’m trying to convince my husband that it’s a wonderful idea for us to go on Friday afternoon. Or Saturday. Or Sunday. And I probably wont stop talking about it until we actually go. That should be a good enough incentive.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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Crazy Days of Summer


  1. Those shots are absolutely beautiful! I’m hoping you get an unexpected cold front so you can do a little baking before the season’s over. πŸ™‚

  2. I couldn’t agree more. Fruit stands and farmer’s markets with their beautiful array of colors just screams summer to me. What gorgeous shots you got there. Thanks so much for joining Kristi and I for the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge!

  3. A lovely collection of photos! I love summer fruit! I don’t blame you for not wanting to heat up the apt with baking though! πŸ˜‰

  4. staceyrw

    I love these photographs. You are right, the colors are so lovely. Your perspective and framing in the photographs is really nice!

  5. I love love love these! And I love farmer’s markets too. πŸ™‚ I don’t blame you for not wanting to turn the oven on during the summer. It’s no fun when living in an unconditioned apartment like yours. πŸ™ Would a little toaster oven bake a pie? Just trying to help here! lol
    Thanks for joining Alicia and I again in the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge. I look forward to seeing your shots every.single.week. Can’t wait to see what you come up with when we move on to “fun with friends” next week. Have a great weekend, Rebecca. πŸ™‚

  6. That fruit really does look absolutely wonderful. Such a shame you can’t bake right now~what about freezing until the weather cools off a bit? Hope you make it to the beach.

  7. I have that problem too, with no air conditioning; really warm days are just too hot to cook inside!!! I often passed by fruit and veggies as it was just too hot to cook. Recently I rediscovered that fruit and ice cream not only pair well together, but help in keeping my house (and me) cool! (and I can justify a 1/2 cup of ice cream because I’m eating fruit!) I highly recommend it.

  8. Lovely photos! So much delicious fruit! We have got to go to the Farmer’s Market~thank you for the reminder to put it on my schedule!

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