This week was a full Midwestern summer week. On Monday afternoon we picked up our CSA vegetables at the MSU Student Organic Farm. I wound up bringing home more than nine pounds of organic heirloom tomatoes (about half from the ‘these need to be used ASAP extras’ pile).
I boiled, blanched, peeled, deseeded, and cooked all the tomatoes and made marinara sauce for eggplant parmigiana (I cannot even begin to explain how insanely delicious it was — this recipe is similar to what I made) and canned up the extra sauce. I’m excited to pull those out on a football Sunday and cook it up with some Jersey Italian sausage I’m storing in the freezer.
On Tuesday we drove into Detroit with some friends for the Tigers/Royals game at Comerica Park. It was the perfect day for baseball, and we got some great local food to cross off our Michigan bucket list.
Later in the week we hit up the county fair. It was adorable and we had the best time. J really wanted to see the Live Animal auction, so we wandered around almost the entire fairgrounds before stumbling upon the swine portion of the auction. It made me want a pet pig, and a pulled pork sandwich all at the same time.
Just like at the county fairs in the Catskill Mountains (NY State) I went to growing up, my favorite part of the fair was the 4H tents. I absolutely love seeing all the hard word that people put into taking care of these awesome animals. The bunnies were adorable, the horses were radiant, and they even had a couple Lil’ Sebastians!
One of my best accomplishments this summer, a true sign of adulting, is totally avoiding getting sunburnt. I have fair skin to the max. It pretty much ranges on the transparent end of the spectrum, and if I don’t SPF it up, it’s pure torture.; burnt in 20-30 minutes tops. But this year I’ve been great about wearing a moisturizer with SPF and putting on my powder makeup with more SPF and carrying around sunscreen in whatever bag I happen to be carrying. Next up on the adulting/sun-protection docket is a pair of sunglasses and a cool hat.
This summer has been amazing. It’s been busy and there has definitely been a fair share of annoying/shitty/unfair things that have happened. But this summer has made me feel much happier about moving to Michigan. Knowing that there really is this beautiful amazing light at the end of the awful Michigan winter is going to make it so much easier to get through the cold months.
PS — Are You Ready For Some Football? 4 weeks left.