Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Top 5 Best Things About Summer



By Lulu Taylor from Rubbed Out, book four in the Memphis Barbeque Mysteries, released July 2, 2013.

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Hi y’all.  Lulu Taylor here—owner of Aunt Pat’s Barbeque restaurant in the great city of Memphis.

Summer is a busy time for us at Aunt Pat’s—there’s something about the season that makes people want to head out to pick up barbequed ribs, spicy corn muffins, and a bit of bread pudding.  Believe me—we’re glad to be busy, too.

Even though the restaurant is hopping, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy summer.  My granddaughters are out of school and hang out on Aunt Pat’s screen porch, sipping lemonade and petting our dogs there.   

Spending more time with the girls is my most favorite thing about summer, but I came up with other favorites, too.

Lulu’s Top 5 Favorite Things About Summer:
 
Daylight that lasts into the evening

Fresh, ripe backyard tomatoes

The local farmer’s market…crammed full of fresh vegetables.

Naps under a droning ceiling fan

A slower pace to life

That’s what made my list…although I also considered adding lightning bugs, walks at dusk, and festivals (like the one I visit in Rubbed Out.)

What’s your favorite part of summer?


Riley’s latest book is Rubbed Out: book four of the Memphis Barbeque mysteries. Her next book, Quilt Trip (written as Elizabeth Craig) releases December 2013.  Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. Find out more about her books on her website: http://elizabethspanncraig.com .

23 comments:

  1. BBQ and a mystery...sounds like fun to me.

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  2. Hi Dianne--Who'd have thought BBQ and murder and summer would go so well together! :)

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  3. Willow--How could I forget ice cream! Especially mint chocolate chip or Mississippi Mud. :)

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  4. Lightning bugs remind me of being a kid and spending time with my family. It was such fun!

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  5. What I love about summer is going to cookouts, eating homemade ice cream and going to baseball games with the family.

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  6. We have been having sun here in Ireland this summer which is practically unheard of. Swimming, iced hazelnut coffees and bbq's late in the evening are what is making the summer fun for me right now.

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  7. Ikleback--I used to love staying up and catching lightning bugs. :) And I love the rest of your picks, too!

    Edel--Yay for sun! Sounds like you might actually be getting more than we are. :) Iced coffees are wonderful!

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  8. I love lightning bugs. We used to catch them in the summer time, mesmerized children wanting to harness their magic like little Disney scientists. We never did, but that didn't keep us from trying! : )

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  9. Jesse--Weren't they cool? I never could figure out what to feed them, so I'd end up letting them go. :) No Google back in those days...

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  10. Hm, fresh tomatoes, still warm from the sun!

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  11. I ,too, like the lightening bugs. I imagine them to be little fairies.

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  12. Ilk10retired--Oh, I love that! They did look like fairies. There's just something magical about them...they seem to float on the air.

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  13. I love lightening bugs! Havent seen any in a long time! =)

    One of the best parts about Summer is also the fresh vegetables from the garden! I enjoy tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon and radishes. =)

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  14. Wish our garden looked better this year...lots of rain here, sigh! But I've loved what we've gotten from the farmer's market. :)

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  15. I love the lightning bugs too, along with the summer breezes while you're sipping iced tea, the sound of crickets chirping at twilight, the feel of the sun on your face as you swing as high as you can on an old rope swing...my list could go on forever!

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  16. Lemonade, ice cream, lazy days.

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  17. Oh, I love lightning bugs and used to catch them and put them in my mother's mason jar when I was little. Sounds like a good book! Thank so much for popping in to see me and following me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. I Love your Mysteries, Elizabeth and can't wait to read Rubbed Out~ Love Lulu and barbeque! Summer loves~ flower and vegetable gardens and fresh tomato sandwiches with cucumbers~ any kind of cobbler~ crickets, lightning bugs and whip-poor-wills in the evening~ and reading a good book out on the porch or down by the seashore~ Happy reading~ Elizabeth MacGregor

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  19. I enjoyed the first book in this series. My favorite thing about summer is being able to sleep in and not rushing around getting kids ready and taken to school.

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  20. DarkandStormynight: I love your list! Rope swings were a part of my childhood. :)

    Barbara--Lemonade is a favorite of mine, too!

    Shelia--I did the same thing...they made lovely nightlights. :) Mama always made me let them go again after a night.

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  21. Lovely post, I do like growing some veggies on my tiny patio, like small tomatoes and small bell pepper.

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