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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Summer Cherries, Patriotic Dates, and Email News

Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer days are here  

which means... 

summer vacations, swimming in the pool, 
relaxed schedules, longer daylight hours, 
patriotic holidays, and having meals alfresco.  

Fresh summer fruit is perfect for meals 
on a picnic, by the pool, or on the backyard deck. 

So many delicious summer fruit choices ~ 
It is hard for me to pick my absolute FAVORITE. 

I love all of these.  
honeydew melon 
C H E R R I E S ! 

Cherries were in the grocery store this past weekend, 
and looked so good that I had to buy some. 
I gathered some of the summer cherries 
for a quick snack on the back deck. 

The weather is still cool enough to eat outside, 
the rains have slacked off, and the sun peeks out more each day. 
Just sitting outside looking at all the green trees, 
listening to the birds sing and call to each other, 
and watching butterflies, bees, and dragonflies 
is relaxing and renews my energy. 

Eating outside doesn't have to be planned in advance, 
or an elaborate barbecue, or a multi-course meal.
A white wicker tray makes carrying everything outside so easy 
that any quick snack can be enjoyed in the adirondack chairs. 

Lining the wicker tray with a red and white cherry kitchen towel 
is a quick, easy way to dress up the simple snack. 

Presentation is another thing that renews my energy. 
When things look pretty, I feel better. 

The 100% cotton kitchen towel is from France 
which also perks me up! 
Eating outdoors is oh, so, français
Living in the moment and savoring life today. 

Cherries are a great outdoor food. 
Cherries have their own handles, do not need to peeled, and 
can be a small one-bite portion. 
Eat as many or as few as you want. 
The remaining ones easily can be saved for another day. 
Just watch out for the pits! 

Cherry red glasses and a pitcher of fresh mint for iced tea 
add just the right accent color and flavor to the summer cherries. 

The tray of cherries, red glasses, and blue pitcher of mint 
also add just the right combination of colors for a patriotic display 
for any of the upcoming summer holidays. 
June 6 ~ D-Day 
June 14 ~ Flag Day 
July 4 ~ Independence Day 
July 14 ~ Bastille Day 
my French connection :)
September 7 ~ Labor Day 

Two blue checked bowls are for sharing the berries with a friend. 
Come on over, and sit a while on the deck.  

What is your favorite summer fruit? 

See the following articles for nutritional information about summer fruits. 

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  1. Judith,
    I do not hopefully over use the word stunning- for in your stunning photo essay you have enveloped me in agreement of your favorite fruits and captured your photo display beautifully. Remember the movie "Witches of Eastwich" well ... I indulge in cherries and they are so flavorful this year.
    Your cherry towel is divine and I have one like it with tomatoes as the theme.
    I must say the jar/container you have displayed the cherries in has enchantment to me. I love the checkerboard, the blue the brown tipped rim. You dear Judith live with beautiful French items.
    I have gorgeous red wine glasses that we use for Christmastime and Valentine's but to see you display them with Red, White and Blue is going to inspire me to bring them out and use them this Summer, especially on the 4th of July and of course Bastille Day.
    Have I ever told you that I adore your blog?
    Happy weekend,

    1. Vera,
      Thank you so much for your visits and kind comments that ALWAYS brighten my day. You see all the details, down to the brown tipped rim of the bleu checked bowls, which encourages me to continue to share. I will be looking for your red wine glasses this summer.


  2. Oh how chic, I just realized scrolling through your photos once again the blue checkerboard is two bowls, one for cherries one for pits! I love it.

  3. I love all kinds of fruit and keep a nice variety. Right now I have a basket of vine ripened organic peaches from the Farmer's Market this week. Yummy! Happy weekend! Hugs, Diane

  4. Ha! So fun to see your Jamestown red in your latest post too! They look beautiful with the red dishtowel and cherries!

  5. Chère Judith....cherries....OH MON favorites. Every morning, I eat the frozen ones in my yogurt and I can't get enough of them. But when in France, I overloaded on them along with the Perigord peaches and strawberries. Nothing like the seasonal taste of fruit not offered after it's reached its peak!

    Enjoy un bon weekend! Anita

  6. What a lovely and DIFFERENT spin on red, white and bleu. Resigned up for email subscription. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  7. Your photos are always divine! I just love looking and scrolling. We love cherries over here, but they are pricey! I only buy them on sale, otherwise I am walk out of the store with a $24 bag of produce that will be gone on the car ride home! ;-)

  8. Love again and again my French visits.... Such wonderful yummy photos.... I am on my way over for a bowl of cherries my dear.


  9. I love summer fruits. Each bite is so cool and calming and takes me back to childhood days ! Your photos are gorgeous and those cherries are something else!! Such a beautiful presentation! The mention of Bastille Day reminds me of an episode of the Andy Griffith show where the 2 elderly sisters were making moonshine...for holidays only! There, I just dated

  10. Cherries are my husband's favorite fruit. We have 2 cherry trees. But the birds, especially the Stellar's Jays, wipe us clean almost before we get any for ourselves! The trees are too big to net. I am very picky and don't like the way it looks to hang old CDs or aluminum pie tins, or anything like that in the tree to discourage the scavengers.

    Your posts are always creative, lovely, informative and with a French flair; to the delight of your reader's. This one is no exception. I like patriotic decor throughout the summer and I'm glad there are holidays to support my use of red, white and blue. It's wonderful that both the Union Jack and the French flag can be worked into summer decor too.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh la la! :)
    I am craving some cherries now. Great photos.

  12. I have been enjoying cherries daily for the last couple of weeks - one of my favorites also. Love your little picnic with all the red, white and blue - so perfect for this time of year. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  13. Cherries are my absolute favorite fruit. I'll admit for some Summer dinners it's just a bowl of cherries and a bowl of ice cream. What ones are your favorite? I like the Rainier cherries the best!

  14. Judith, you make me sigh in that happy, completely content way! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the little, blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. Hi Judith! I wanted to let you know that I have a new series that is a compilation of all of the weekly features of all of the parties at The Dedicated House. You of course, were one of those features. Here is the link to the Weekly Feature Series. Pop on over and check out all of the features. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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