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It's not officially summer yet, but sure feels that way

May 26, 2010

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Spent a good part of the day picking tent caterpillars off the walls and carpeting and returning them to where they belong out-of-doors. Don't know how they find their way in, but they do and the last thing you want to feel before you climb into bed is a caterpillar meeting its end under the weight of your bare foot. Really.

It's not officially summer yet, but sure feels that way with the heat and humidity this week, the rain, the bugs and the amount of flesh exposed in the checkout line at the grocery store. It's no secret autumn ranks top among the seasons for me, but every time of year has its glory and summer is the season of lounging, of comfortable disarray, of nostalgia and nudity and fun.

Out come the serving trays and the drinks with little umbrellas; out come the inflatable water toys and lotion smelling of coconut and footwear exposing the toes.

The kids are onto it. They've slipped into kick back mode and linger a bit outside after getting off the bus. Jeans have been replaced by plaid shorts and denim cutoffs and t-shirts that read "This is My Happy Shirt" and "Save the Earth." There's a pile of flip-flops by the front door, and if you get down on your knees at just the right angle, you can see perfectly smudged footprints of sweaty, dusty feet on the wood floor in the hallway. There have been requests for strawberries, a walleye fry, campfires, the new giant marshmallows as big as baseballs supposedly available at the store, and sunscreen. Someone needs a beach blanket, and someone else asked about swimming this weekend. I did check, and all three swimsuits are ostensibly in good shape, wearable, elastic intact.

After this coming weekend, there are only 8 days of school left in our small town. I'm not wasting any time. Summer is near, and there are things to be done. I've added to my list a few good books. Something to look forward to along with the giant marshmallows.

I'm not one for fancy things, but these cookies come close without being fussy or difficult. They're simple, and taste like sunshine, and a plate of 'em will need refilling in short order.

1 2/3 c. flour
1/3 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla


1 egg, beaten
2/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. butter

In a medium bowl, combine first 4 ingredients. Chill dough. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1" balls and place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. With thumb or forefinger, make imprint in center of each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately remove from cookie sheet, cool.

In medium saucepan, combine filling ingredients; cook over low heat, stirring until smooth and thickened. Cool. Top each cookie with about 1/4 teaspoon of filling; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes 36 cookies.


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