Here it is, the weekend again. On Friday I looked out the window at a casual haze of spitty rain, low rumbles of thunder in the distance. Saturday and today the sun shines brighter and hotter than it has so far, chasing away the clouds and any chance to provide the plants their much-needed drink.

On the other hand, it’s exactly why the tourists flock here on a long holiday weekend celebrated in backyards and parks, up and down main street sidewalks, or, better yet, on the water.


Winding back the clock for this Weekly Suppers mention to soaked tabbouleh (no-cook, yay!) with tomato, cucumber, chevre, as much parsley and fresh mint as I could pick, plus a dusting of sumac, all over mixed greens. Another summer supper super win.

Are you meeting up with family and friends? Hope the weather cooperates for any festivities on your end. I’m secretly hoping for rain, save a brief clearing at dusk to take in some fireworks! Enjoy this special holiday, and don’t miss this week’s favorites from around the webosphere. Happy Independence Day.

Cheers, Heather

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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:

  • The type of arthritis that occurs in children — juvenile arthritis — is different than the type seen in older adults. Their immune systems essentially attack the joints, causing swelling, stiffness and permanent damage that if left untreated, can result in loss of mobility, blindness, even death. Spread the word and show your support throughout this Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month!
  • Really new age “meditation.” [Swear word earmuffs, folks.]
  • Fancy up your party food offerings with these 50 recipe ideas from Bon Appetit.
  • While you’re at it, memorize a few jokes to master small talk between sips and bites and oohs and ahhs this weekend.
  • Birds — so intelligent!
  • This week’s pinned words of wisdom… “spring” and summer!

Recently on HGN:

  • Shortcut ravioli (wonton wrappers!) with peas, spinach, mint and ricotta + brown butter spinach sauce

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