Sorry to be the ones to say this, but summer is almost over. (Winter is coming!) If your summer has just been ho-hum so far, there is still time to right the ship — and even make it better than last summer.
Just consider these eight things a mandatory checklist for you to complete between now and Labor Day.
1. Take advantage of local farmers markets.
If you haven't been to your local farmers market yet this summer, now is the time. There's all that corn, tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce — the list really does go on and on — waiting for you. Fun fact: The only thing that beats summer produce is local summer produce.
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2. Have a night around a fire pit.
You've probably been to at least half a dozen backyard barbecues by now, right? And they're all starting to blur together? A night that's sure to stand out is one that's spent gathered around a fire pit. Whether you cook up burgers and dogs on a grill and then head to a fire pit for dessert or you cook all the food around the open flame, a fire pit night will always be memorable.
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3. Go on a road trip.
Hoping to take a weekend trip to the beach? Or drive across the country in order to try the land's most delicious slice of key lime pie? Don't worry about saving those vacation days for later in the year. Book some time off now and let us help you plan a weekend getaway.
Don't Forget to Pack the Snacks
4. Eat as much ice cream as possible.
If you didn't eat your weight in ice cream this summer, was it even summer? You need to catch up! And we have plenty of DIY recipes to help you get there.
Our Favorite Ice Cream Recipes
5. Pick a perfect peach.
The perfect peach does exist — you just have to know when and where to look. We can help you with both of those things. It's not summer until you have the perfect peach. Trust us, and let us guide you on your peach-finding journey.
What you need to know: How to Pick a Peach
6. Load up on some fun pool supplies.
If you've been drying off with a boring solid-colored beach towel and floating in an inner tube that doesn't look like a doughnut, you have been doing summer all wrong.
7. Try that frosé thing everyone keeps talking about.
It's frozen rosé wine, and it is delicious. Make yourself one before Labor Day and you're bound to have a new go-to cocktail for the next few weeks.
Try our recipe: Watermelon Mint Frosé
8. Stop stressing out about dinner.
Even if you're not on summer break (read: you're not a teacher), summer is supposed to be as carefree as possible. The nightly what-should-we-have-for-dinner dilemma should be a non-issue from June through August. If you're feeling stumped, the answer can always be anything on the grill. Or a salad. Salad always works!
Try any of these: 25 Ways to Eat Salad for Dinner Tonight
What are you doing to make this summer better than ever?