Summer is all about adventures. My five year old niece told me a few weeks ago, “It’s summer, Aunt Stefanie. You should come over any day because, like, every day we are going on so many adventures.” This mentality works out perfectly in our house because I have two antsy pants’ who cannot sit still. I am clearly talking about Mike and Andy. Weezer is my soul mate because we could sit on the couch all day…clearly it is not him!
Every morning Mike asks me, “So what are we doing today?” And every morning I roll my eyes and try to rack my brain for something to do.
We took Andy to the zoo for the first time. Here is a question for ya; who was more excited, me or Andy? ME! OF COURSE! I had not been to the zoo for ages. It changed so much, yet was exactly as I remember it. Mostly the smells in the different animal houses. Sorry.
One of the main things I was excited about was the little novelty wax figure you can buy at the zoo. It is made in this totally retro bubble glass machine. The hot wax pours into the mold and it is pressed together, then voila! Wax statue to take home all for the low, low price of two dollars. We crowded around the machine and then when it was done and cooled, I handed it to Andy. I was totally let down because the oooh and ahh reaction I was expecting was instead a “Hot” and not wanting to hold the figure reaction. Hmm, kids.
Since I was there mainly for the take home novelty (and Andy’s precious childhood memories of course) I happily carried around the little wax dolphin statue all day.
Novelty keepsakes are cool and all, but novelty food items? I have never eaten foam anything on a dish or inhaled an alcohol mist instead of downing an actual liquid beverage. The closest I get to novelty food is a chopped salad, mini doughnut, or a wedge salad. The basic wedge salad is not that appealing, honestly. A big hunk of watery, tasteless lettuce? Nah.
I spiced up the norm with Jessica’s recipe for creamy blue cheese-avocado dressing from her cookbook Seriously Delish instead of plain old blue cheese. What is more summery than a nice ripe avocado? On top of that I added some grilled, charred fresh summer corn cut off the cob. And the finishing touch was substituting some butter lettuce instead of iceberg.
Mike saw the pictures of this salad on Instagram and said, “Now that’s a salad I could eat!” Shocking right? Maybe he likes a good novelty too!