“Sometimes you gotta just take things for what they are and appreciate them, not try to label it or explain it. Explanations take the mystery out of it, you know?”
– Twenty Boy Summer
I not so secretly love “teen reads.” They make me feel nostalgic for firsts…first loves, first kisses, first heart flutters and even first heartaches.
My cousin and I have an unofficial teen read book club. We usually go for the ones that will crush us the most, that will really gut us and have us crying with the turn of each page.
I save these reads for the summer when I’m at the beach, so when I cry in public my tears can be mistaken for sweat (the colder months are for adult reading…books that contribute to my intellect not my desire to be 17 and wild in all the wrong ways again).
My cousin recently tagged me in a post that said “no one will ever be as entertained by us as us”
The last time we hung out we concocted up (shout out to Peller Estates magnum size wine bottles for the inspiration) some home made bubble soap and a hoop made from some random rubber tube with the hopes of creating human sized bubbles we could envelop ourselves in. It didn’t really work out. No one makes me laugh harder then that little chicklet.
My point of all of this is, if you don’t have someone who you can act stupid around and recap teen books with (or whatever your guilty pleasures are) find them now. Find your tribe, your life will be so much richer…and entertaining!
My cousin and I LOVE pizza. If you’re into making your own dough that’s awesome, but if you want a quick pizza, using naan bread is easy and tasty.
Naan bread, plain
Pizza toppings of your choice!
If using a gas grill:
1. Turn all burners on to high, close the cover and let preheat for 15 minutes. At that point, turn the primary burner to medium-high heat and the other burners to medium-low.
2. While the grill is heating up, get all of your ingredients ready to go, including any utensils you may need (spoon for spreading sauce, tongs and/or spatula, etc).
3. Clean the grate and then oil lightly. Put two naan breads on the hot side of the grill and cook on each side about 1 minute.
At this point you can slide the two breads to the cooler side of the grill and place the toppings on the pizza, or you can remove the naan from the grill to put the toppings on, whatever is easiest and most comfortable for you.
4. Once bread has pizza toppings, close the lid and cook for about 5 minutes, until cheese is all melted. Remove from the grill and serve!
If using the oven: Preheat oven to 350º F.
1. Place naan bread directly on the oven rack and cook for 2 minutes.
2. Remove from the oven and add pizza toppings to the naan breads. Place back in the oven, either directly on the oven rack or on a piece of foil on the oven rack. Cook for 8-10 minutes or so, until cheese is totally melted. Remove from the oven and serve!
The Lovely Bones is a great in our book club. Suzy Salmon…
“Our only kiss was like an accident – a beautiful gasoline rainbow” ― Alice Sebold
Sangria all summer please…
2 lemons, sliced
1 apple, sliced
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 (750 ml) bottle white wine (whatever you want)
1/2 cup light rum (or more if you prefer a strong sangria)
4 cups lemon-lime soda
Combine everything, leave in the fridge for 5 hours (if you can wait that long)