Hello my fellow bookworms! It’s officially July! I hit a little boredom sesh this warm summer afternoon and THANK GOD I have you guys to blog to. What would my summer be without blogging? (If you really want to know, it would include lots of couches and Netflix.) So today I am planning out a perfect summer afternoon to avoid being as bored as I was.
- **A lawn** (Sorry but if you live in the city you won’t be able to do this.)
- 1 towel & umbrella
- A kitchen w/some food (you’ll see!)
- Bug spray & sunscreen (probably preferable)
- A Phone (laptop, or basically any electronic device)
- AS MANY BOOKS AS YOU PLEASE/a journal
All you’ll need is some plain vanilla ice cream, milk, a blender, and these common household foods! Here are a few recipes I loved! (Disclaimer: all pictures and recipe descriptions by Joslyn Blair from delish.com.) Click the link if you’d like to see how to make EVEN more of these tasty milkshakes!
Salted Caramel-Pretzel Milkshake
Heaven in a glass for anyone who can’t get enough of salty-and-sweet anything: Spoon caramel sauce along the insides of the glass, then pour in milkshake mixture and garnish with (duh) a pretzel.
Because we can never have too many s’mores-flavored treats in our life: Blend vanilla ice cream with marshmallows and graham crackers, then pour into a chocolate syrup-swirled glass. Top with toasted marshmallows (blast them under the broiler for 3 minutes), a graham cracker, and a piece of chocolate.
Oreo Cheesecake Milkshake
Oreo fans, take note: We blended up the cookies with a little cream cheese (use more if you like the tang) to recreate a slice of beloved Oreo Cheesecake. Complete the look with a dollop of whipped cream and two Mini Oreos.
Now that you have your *amazing* snack, you’ll just have to grab a few more things before you’re ready….some books, your phone/ipad/etc, and beach/pool towel! Carry as much of it as you can outside, because we all hate second trips (I’m so lazy). Drop everything on a nice spot of your lawn with the least bugs. (But you’ll have remembered bug spray anyways! Go preparation!)
- Lay out towel in grass.
- Optional: Find an umbrella (or a parasol but who even owns those??) and prop it up on it’s side on the end of the umbrella where you’ll put your head.
- Place smoothie & book(s) under umbrella and open. You can even bring a journal if you want to write.
- Taste deliciousness in your mouth while with your fictional friends!!
(Like me) Then here’s when the electronic device comes in…Download/open Spotify or Pandora. (Both are free, I promise!) Choose a radio (Pandora) or playlist (Spotify) to listen to while you relax! If you can read while listening to music that’s even better! (I could read through a rock concert, trust me, it’s called school.) I like to listen to the Acoustic Pop playlist on Spotify while working or reading.
The result: laying in the sun, reading with your head in the shade reading a great book (hopefully), listening to some great tunes, all while sipping deliciousness = the perfect summer afternoon for a bookworm!
Or just stay inside and be an air conditioned, pale couch potato.