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Kevin Thomas says ...
My favorite summer (of food) is this summer 2010. I've rediscovered my love of real food, cooking, and community. Through Whole Foods on 183 and my new Farmer's Market in Cedar Park I have totally given up processed foods and eating out. This summer I've had my first taste of a heirloom tomato, grassfed beef, natural peanut and almond butters, free range eggs (no salmonella scare here), light vanilla soymilk, Kefir yogurt milk on fresh seasonal strawberries, roasted yellow beets and parsnips, grilled okra, homemade salsa with chocolate habenero, yogurt salad dressings, and homemade hatch green chicken chili (woo I made it spicy hot). I've supplemented my cooking with reading (In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen) and shows (Food, Inc. And King Korn). Not only have I become more environmentally aware and conscious of what I am putting in my body I have lost 30 lbs and 3 sizes through just eating whole natural foods. I have more weight to lose but it's been easy with my newfound passion for food. 2010- The summer I woke up from my fast food haze!
08/24/2010 6:03:15 PM CDT
AnnMarie says ...
This year I've had my most memorable summer. I found my soul mate at the beginning of the year and every little thing we do together is so special. We are both out of work right now - so we have to plan extra hard to find things to do that are free or cheap (using lots of coupons and deals). From the fun and exciting (Atlantic City for my birthday in August using hotel points) to the everyday necessities (shopping for food with coupons is now "meal planning" for our time together!). If we can have fun this summer on a shoestring budget - we'll be together forever when the economy picks up and we're employed again (if you can get thru the rough times together - the relationship can withstand anything).
08/27/2010 8:20:01 AM CDT
amani says ...
my most memorable summer was when i was pregnant with my first child and we went on a trip to the mid east. barfed up all my food every day! boy did that make a great impression on my in-laws that i met for the first time on that trip!!
08/24/2010 6:12:14 PM CDT
Olivia says ...
This summer has been particularly memorable! The 4th of July marked the 20th annual Family Fair that my parents created for my 6 brothers and sisters and I as children. Now, as our family expands and our own children are introduced to the games and fun, it gets better with each passing year! We also found out the wonderful news that I am pregnant and a new addition to our family will be arriving this Spring!
08/24/2010 6:14:15 PM CDT
Stephanie Diamond says ...
My most memorable summer was the one I spent in Belgium, doing christian aid work with refugees. Awesome!
08/24/2010 6:00:23 PM CDT
Kim says ...
My most memorable summer was probably the one when I got married - we moved back home with our respective parents, wedding planned, got married, went on our honeymoon, came back and started the next year of law school, bought a house and then, the day after we closed on our house, I got laid off from my job. Very memorable.
08/24/2010 6:32:20 PM CDT
ash says ...
My most memorable summer was 2007, after I graduated from High School and before I went to college. I spent a great summer at home in Cincinnati, working the opening shift at Starbucks with some great coworkers, and learning how to garden with my dad in the evenings. I went on to school in North Carolina, and was so happy to have had one last summer with my parents. Ironically, I met the man I eventually went on to marry Labor Day weekend when I got to school.
08/24/2010 6:32:22 PM CDT
Valerie Johnston says ...
This summer was my most memorable. I was laid off in May so this is the first summer I've had to spend the entire time with my 2 girls 5 & 7, taking them to the pool, the library and just trying to stay cool in the Vegas heat. It's been the most amazing time.
08/24/2010 6:32:39 PM CDT
Liz says ...
My most memorable summer was the first I spent at summer camp at Cornell University in New York. I'm actually British, but my parents were working at Cornell that summer and so took my sister and I over to Ithaca for 3 months and made us go to camp. I thought I'd hate it, but I developed such a deep love for New York state and the US in general that I am now back here, doing a grad degree at Columbia!
08/24/2010 6:42:50 PM CDT
Elaine Bogen says ...
I had several but most recently was trip from Chicago to Austin with my 9 yr old daughter on Amtrak. Sleepers were sold out on the way there but on the way home we were able to get a sleeper and you would have thought it was Buckingham Palace to listen to her tell everyone about the sleeper. AWESOME
08/24/2010 6:47:04 PM CDT
Agnes Peterson-Read says ...
I am the oldest of the five children in my family. As the oldest, I grew up helping quite a bit as my mother was a single mother at the time. In the summer of 1982, just after my 15th birthday, my mother was admitted to the hospital with toxemia (as she was pregnant with #5 of the family). Shortly after celebrating my birthday, July 4th along with my two brothers also born in July (5th and 26th), I had to step up to get the house ready for the new baby. My sister was not due until the end of the month so there had not been a rush. Suddenly, I had a crib to wash and prepare along with baby clothes, diapers, etc. I was fun to help at that time , prepping the house and all of the baby clothes. It further helped me realize what a hard job parenting is. My sister arrived on July 18 but did not get to join us at home until July 30th. When my mother arrived home (we did have relatives who stayed with us during her absence), everything was in order for the little one, who I was also able to name. So, 1982 was a special summer because I gained a new sister and was able to make my first deposit of many into her life.
08/24/2010 7:14:07 PM CDT
amy says ...
I remember a summer spent at a summer arts camp. I played in the orchestra and the girl in the bunk next to me was a modern dancer. I had never seen modern dance in my small hometown. Becoming friends with her and watching her performances during those 2 weeks helped me gain a great appreciation for a new art form.
08/24/2010 7:16:21 PM CDT
Tricia Brown says ...
My most memorable summer was hanging out with friends in our pool and eating ice cream.
08/24/2010 7:32:08 PM CDT
amy says ...
My most memorable summer was 2 summers ago when we moved to a new state! My husband was at his new job and I was home with our 2 kids. We didn't know anyone, so we spent a summer with each other! It was a time to reconnect with each other, while exploring our new environment.
08/24/2010 7:55:06 PM CDT
Steph says ...
A summer ago I interned for a chocolate producer.. and it was delicious! The other interns and I toured factories and taste tested our way through the entire company, meeting insanely talented people from different backgrounds and areas of expertise. As a business major and a senior (woohoo!) I think I will look back and remember how much knowledge I gained and how amazing of an experience it was for years to come.
08/27/2010 7:47:39 AM CDT
Jaclyn says ...
My most memorable summer definitely has to be a toss up between last summer and this summer. In the last 2-3 years, I've spent a lot of time reevaluating my life, changing over to a healthier lifestyle. Last summer, my boyfriend spent our time apartment shopping, moving in, "setting up house", and learning to live together. It was a great experience to share with him, and I feel as though we are closer than ever. This summer, I had two major projects that I've never attempted before: setting up a container garden on our balcony and canning summer produce. Its definitely been an interesting learning experience. I've loved producing our own food and putting up lots more for the coming winter months.
08/24/2010 8:02:23 PM CDT
Nancy B. says ...
My favorite summer has actually been this summer. Even though I got laid off from my teaching job (second time in 2 years) at the beginning of the summer, I have made the conscious effort to enjoy myself and my kids and not stress over every little thing. I'm reading more, doing more, running more, cooking more, and having some quality down time, trying to make the best of it. So far so good.
08/24/2010 8:26:34 PM CDT
kaaren tenold says ...
Most memorable summer was going to Yellowstone with my extended family. Exhausting car ride, camping through tornadoes, trout fishing among the bears...memories for a lifetime.
08/24/2010 8:26:34 PM CDT
Brittany says ...
My most memorable summer was the first summer I worked on staff at a summer camp. It was right after my freshman year of high school and I had such a blast learning to be independent, working hard and making tons of new friends!
08/24/2010 8:44:00 PM CDT
MaryJane Borcynski says ...
Most memorable summer(s)--when I was in grammar school. A group of us would walk to a local public park and for a nickel you could swim in the pool for the afternoon. It was great on those hot, summer days! And after, we would stop in the local drug store (with a soda fountain) and buy, still a nickel, a popsicle to eat on the way home! Of course, this was back in the early 60's and life was carefree and wonderful!
08/27/2010 7:47:22 AM CDT
Amy D. says ...
Definitely the summer of 1993 - my family and I went traveled all over Australia for a month and my sister and I went skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef!
08/24/2010 9:47:02 PM CDT
Miracle says ...
My most memorable summer has to be this one. After over a decade of reading the Harry Potter book series, my best friend and I finally were able to live out our dreams by visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida. It was like coming home for the first time! ;)
08/27/2010 7:46:51 AM CDT
Linda white says ...
My best summer memory was of riding my purple bike to the Chippewa Swimming Pool and swimming all day with my friends. I stayed later than the rest of them so about an hour before closing time I would wonder through the grass looking for all the loose quarters, nickels and dimes people had lost. The change that I found enabled me to buy snacks for the journey home after a long, hard day of swimming. Chick-o-sticks, hot tamales and laffy taffy to name a few.
08/24/2010 9:56:35 PM CDT
Gail Needles says ...
Visiting my daughter and grandchildren made this summer very special. Mani/pedi with my granddaughter, wii bowling with my grandson and shopping with my very pregnant daughter for the baby were just 3 of the highlights. Now I can't wait to get back to South Carolina to meet my new grandson. Nothing is better than spending time with family.
08/27/2010 7:46:37 AM CDT
Matt says ...
I loved the summer after my senior year in high school. So much excitement building up for college!
08/24/2010 11:04:17 PM CDT

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