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June Cleaning Tip #2
It's SUmmer, now what...?
Very Special Guest, Firoozeh Dumas, International Bestselling Author of several books including the just released
Ain't so awful falafel
Special guest Firoozeh Dumas
is the New York Times best-selling author of the memoir Funny in Farsi and the essay collection Laughing Without an Accent and her latest novel, It Ain’t So Awful Falafel.
One of my most beloved authors... I cannot wait to interview her! Her first two books, Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent are THE funniest books I have ever read, EVER. Join us!
Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with
a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes
U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti- Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.
It's the National Day of....
June 11th National Rosé Day – Second Saturday in June, having a bottle of Rosé wine with dinner or simply invite friends over for h’orderves and enjoy each other’s company. Share your special evening on Social Media using #NationalRoséDay.
June 13th National Weed Your Garden Day
June 14th National Strawberry Shortcake Day
June 16th National Fudge Day
June 17th National Eat Your Vegetables Day
Frosé (Frozen Rosé)
Choose a full-flavored, full-bodied, dark-colored rosé for freezing. It will lose some of its color and will be a bit diluted after freezing and blending; you want something that can hold its own.
SERVINGS: MAKES 4–6
1 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Pinot Noir or Merlot rosé)
½ cup sugar
8 ounces strawberries, hulled, quartered
2½ ounces fresh lemon juice
Pour rosé into a 13x9" pan and freeze until almost solid (it won't completely solidify due to the alcohol), at least 6 hours.
Meanwhile, bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.
Scrape rosé into a blender. Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth. Transfer blender jar to freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 25–35 minutes.
Blend again until frosé is slushy. Divide among glasses.
Do Ahead: Rosé can be frozen 1 week ahead.
Recipe by Rick Martinez
June cleaning weekly tip #2
June cleaning tips, it’s all about the outdoor spaces. This week, in light of weed your garden day, we are going to pick our favorite planting areas in our yard to weed and freshen up with new plants. If you havent created one, make a special smaller sized potted or in ground of herbs or flowers. You'll thank yourself daily!
It's Summer, Now What?
Depending on whether or not you have children at home changes the dynamic immeasurably.
If you have no kids at home...
1. if you have the time and money, travel. Summer travel creates a lot of overcrowded destinations so chose from among the emerging locations such a Fez instead of Marrakech or Puglia instead of Rome, Italy. So many really amazing locations. We are looking at Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina, which use to be a tragically war torn area and now has a vibrant, charming city life. Eastern and western Europe have so many amazing towns just outside of major cities that are just as fabulous, more charm, less stress.
If you don’t have the money now, Then start the fund now and plan your trip so you have something to look forward to over the next year. Having a goal and a plan will always get you there.
2. Now is the time for a major yard project. That raised bed garden, a rose garden, potted gardens that include herbs and citrus trees, get that hedge started that you’ve been wanting. A Fence, a gate, a walkway, a deck. It’s a great collaborative project to do with a partner, grab some graph paper, make a list of what you want to have included, search together online for ideas of what your thinking, sketch it out and decide on a plan. Houzz app or .com
3. On those really hot days, stay inside and make a difference. Go through all of your books and edit the collection down to those you love and gift those not staying to friends or a library. Then create the perfect reading corner for yourself, this may require a bit of rearranging. And you will then need to get your summer reading ready. I have a great list for you. These were in my weekly Life with Moxie column in the Naples Herald last Friday.
“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.” - Ernest Hemingway
1: Marlene, A Novel of Marlene Dietrich by C.W. Gortner
“The rags-to-riches story of how this brilliant, mercurial, self-created woman became a legend” - Christina Kline. Gortner has one of the most powerful commands of the English language that I have ever read. This is a deliciously alluring look at a very historic moment in time through the eyes of a legendary, seductive and ambitious woman of grit.
2: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
A lighthearted memoir chronicles the author’s move to the U.S. in 1971 at the age of 7 among the antics of her extended family. Combine that with her enthusiastic embrace of America and her wry sentimental humor makes this book hysterically funny. I chose to read this book on an international flight. Within the first two chapters I had ended up laughing so hard (church-style uncontrollable laughter) I had to put it away. After three future attempts on the same flight, it was finally completed, but not before several more inappropriately loud outbursts of laughter and it had been passed around the entire cabin so others could get the title of the book to order for themselves.
3: Perfume, a Story of Murder by Patrick Susskind.
Set in 18th century France, an extraordinarily gifted apprentice perfumer becomes so obsessed with a single scent that he must capture it in perfume. The extraordinary details of the environs that Susskind captures will leave you as satisfied as if you’d taken the journey yourself… and you will be noticing every nuance of every smell for weeks after reading.
4: Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence.
The most famous (or infamous - it was banned until 1959 in the U.S. and 1960 in England) and last book of D.H. Lawrence offers intoxicating prose about the most intimate moments and circumstances of being human in post-WWI industrialized England. The book addresses individuality in conflict with civilization. It's as relevant now as it ever was. Once considered offensively immoral, you’ll easily find a more repulsive replacement at any grocery store checkout lane.
5: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.
Set in Bombay, India, this gripping first novel is an exceptionally visceral journey through crime, passion, loyalty and chaos on a path toward redemption. It contains more sensory richness than seems possible from a book. I was hooked at the first sentence. A rare and very epic read by a little known genius.
If you have kids at home...
If you have children at home it’s a different story. We are not used to the kids home all day every day being all up in our business. Someone’s always talking and you are getting about 10% of what use to be 100% done which leads to inevitable frustration and conflict. If they are too young to help they’ll be dying to, and if they’re old enough to be effective they’ll refuse.
The main difference, aside from kids being home full time, is that there’s no routine. Kids need routine or they will end up being extremely frenetic and repelling off the walls like a pinball machine. You do need to let go of your house being perfect and allow them to burn off energy as it is a physics experiment in progress otherwise and the energy must come out.
You need a routine. Have a family meeting to get their ideas of what they want to do, build those ideas in. It will of course, vary dramatically by age. A completely random example: Schedule starts at 9 am. 1 hour building (lego’s, card house) 10am: 2 hours outside (outside before lunch kids will eat healthier), 12: lunch 1: 1 hour draw, color, graph paper something, 2: 2 hours outside, 3: 1 hour reading 4: 1 hour free time (no technology) 5: 1 hour tv/computer so mom can get dinner ready. Laminate it and hang it up, because that means it’s important and you mean business! If anyone ever comes to you and it bored, point to the schedule- there go do it!
For days with outings:
Outings can be expensive so you need to be conscious of that.
Free things like parks, trails, picnics, can be mixed with children’s museums, botanical gardens or programs likethose offered at Michael's
Michael’s Craft Stores have children’s programs nation-wide, 2-hour program for $2-$4 dollars. Passport to imagination program is partnered with 7 great American museums to design the program to connect kids with culture. Sound's like a great way for them to spend two hours! Check it out!