Sights of Summer

Dearest Blog Readers, Today is another gorgeous day in sunny Minnesota, and although I should be writing about my painting and what makes me an artist, I'd rather share some of the summer joys of life! These are the days to drink sun-brewed tea, go to the lake, and gorge yourself with homemade peach pie!! If you don't know how to make sun-brewed tea, don't worry - it is so easy, your first-grader could make it! Throw 6 Lipton tea bags in any clear plastic or glass pitcher and set in the sun for a few hours and voilà, sun-brewed tea! Add lemons and sugar to taste! As for the peach pie - so simple, even a second-grader could make this! Bake yourself up a pie crust - busy people (my excuse), buy a frozen deep dish crust, already in a pie tin in the frozen foods section of your nearest grocer; set aside the crust and cool. Bring to a boil 1 cup of water, 1/3 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch (mix the cornstarch with the water first so it all dissolves or you will have little white lumps) until thick, and then add 3 tablespoons orange-flavored Jell-O and 3 tablespoons peach-flavored Jell-O. Cool this mixture and add in about 7 peeled and sliced peaches. Dump into your pie shell, refrigerate and voilà! The best refrigerator peach pie you will ever eat in your lifetime. The only thing that gets better than this is topping it off with real whipped cream : ) And boating....yes, this is how we do it Minnesota style (thank you for sharing this great picture, Jon!) Just call me Martha for short.......back to painting....Thanks for reading! Bonnie