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“It’s Never Too Late” Summer Checklist

August 9, 2011

If I had a dime for every time I’ve said “I can’t believe it’s already August,” in the past 9 days, I’d have enough money to make up for the fact that I’m only working 22 hours this week.

If only.

But in all seriousness, where did this summer go?  I can hardly remember July, and June?  I’m pretty sure the calendar just skipped over that month this year.  If I had actually made a summer checklist, it would have included hiking the Royal Arch, attending the Boulder Farmers’ Market and dining at the Chautauqua Dining Hall and for all those things, I would have had a check, check and check, but there’s still lots of small things I feel like I haven’t done yet this summer. 

Sunday marked the first night all summer that we fired up the grill.


And the first time all summer that we grilled a pineapple!



IMG_2257   Chickpea Curry Burgers, compliments of Clean Eating Chelsey.

But I keep having to remind myself have Joey remind me, that summer is not over.

IMG_2259 Those burgers almost look like meat…


And even though I’ve yet to eat a really good Colorado peach, there’s still time.


And there’s still time to go on a picnic, attend the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, hike a 14-er,


grill corn, buy fresh cherries, go on evening walks,


and knock out that pile of veggie burger recipes I’ve collected.

IMG_2265This makes me incredibly nervous.


And eat lots more grilled pineapple.


IMG_2268The most important part of every meal.

So here’s to making the most of August.  Before September and the beginnings of Fall set in.  Because by then I’ll only be able to think about pumpkin.


What do you still want to fit in time for this summer?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2011 11:20 AM

    Ketchup is DEFINITELY the best part of any meal. Sometimes I think that I end up making fries just so I have an excuse to eat ketchup 😀 And I really have no idea where the summer went, either, but I’m kind of ready for fall to come around… but that may or may not have to do with the fact that I just want it to be September so I can move into my new place 😉 As for the rest of the summer, I want to get my fill of fresh fruit, get a nice dark tan to last me through the first few months of winter, and keep shopping around for stuff for my new place 😀

  2. August 9, 2011 1:00 PM

    Ketchup! No grilling is complete without it. And somehow I have let summer pass me by without grilled pineapple. I think that needs to be remedied. Like, tonight. And I hope some veggie burger recipe reviews are upcoming, I’m always looking for good ones!

  3. August 9, 2011 4:38 PM

    I need grilled pineapple before the summer ends! I havent done it yet. I also want to try grilled watermelon salads….YUM 🙂

  4. August 9, 2011 6:40 PM

    i thought those burgers were hamburger at first! (well, the shot of them on the grill.) they look yummy 🙂 i’ve never tried grilling veggie burgers but i don’t know what i’m waiting for!
    and i agree…where in the heck is summer going?! i think we need to just pause the days for a little bit. we can still go on living, but it doesn’t pass august 9th, ya know!?

  5. August 9, 2011 7:40 PM

    I am totally thinking about pumpkin already!

  6. August 9, 2011 8:36 PM

    I know what you mean, the summer FLEW by and I keep doing a double take whenever I see a calendar! But you’re right, it’s not over yet!

  7. August 10, 2011 6:58 AM

    YUM I want that pineapple! I don’t have a grill yet- I need one!! I am actually really looking forward to Fall- last year was my first in VA Beach and it was so warm until November but the tourists were gone! I guess I wouldn’t mind one last summer backyard bash though..or maybe two. 🙂

  8. ADunn permalink
    August 10, 2011 8:18 AM

    Let me just say this summer has gone by WAY too fast. But I must add, fall does happen to be my favorite season! There is nothing more beautiful in my opinion. You haven’t eaten a good peach yet?! Lauren, cut a peach in half, rub with just a drop of oil, sprinkle a little sugar, and grill that sucker up. By far my favorite way to eat peaches(and it turns any bad peach into a delicious one!). I even do it with ones that aren’t ripe yet, mainly because I hate waiting, but it turns them nice and soft. I highly recommend it.

    • August 10, 2011 4:57 PM

      Umm, you are a genius! “Mission: grill peaches” is so on!

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