By: Merry Grace Wynter
From: Muffin But Trouble
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries #6
Publisher: Beyond the Page
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
So... it's been hot. Plenty hot here in western New York... so hot I can't even think sometimes.
It got me thinking about all the ways life changes in summer, the adjustments we make, especially in this northern climate, for the season. It starts with putting the snowblower and shovels away in May (or later) and bringing out the lawn mower, but for me the real sign of the seasons is changing wardrobes. Away go the boots, coats, hats, jeans, sweaters and scarves, and out come the shorts, tank tops, sandals, flip flops, bathing suits and sunhats. Sunblock replaces foundation, a spritz of body spray replaces the heavy perfumes.
Hey, it's all an opportunity to shop, right?
But living here and talking to my friends in the city I realize there is one change I don't do anymore. When I lived in NYC summer in my tiny apartment with no air conditioning meant no summer BAKING! It was too hot for most of the season, so... no muffins for summer.
In fact, that's the one thing I did before moving here three plus years ago; I baked batches of muffins, sweltering in the heat, and left them for all my friends and neighbors, keeping enough for myself for the trip.
But here... of course I've made a commitment to bake muffins for the coffee shops in Autumn Vale and Ridley Ridge, for Golden Acres, the retirement home my mother-in-law owns and runs, and various functions. So... I bake muffins all summer, and bars and cookies when I need to.
How about you... do you bake in summer? Peach cobbler? Strawberry pie? Or... is dessert fruit and ice cream?
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