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the Summer Table

By Ally @allykitchen

Summertime. Such a glorious season. Summertime and the living is easy so George Gershwin's song goes. We know though for some summertime isn't easy living but maybe the busiest season of the year. Think farmers. This is when they adhere to the saying of 'make hay while the sun shines' time. Yes, they have to take advantage of the season while it's prime.

For others summer means different things. It's vacation time. Many folks plan and save all year for that week or, if they're lucky, two weeks of vacation. Seemingly, taking time to rest, families pack so much into those few days that by the time they return home, they need a vacation from the vacation! So much for easing the stress, kicking back and rejuvenating yourself.

the summer table

Summertime remarkably has health benefits, too. This Huffington Post article points out that "people are 26 to 36 percent more likely to die in winter from a heart attack, a stroke, heart failure or some other circulatory disease." Evolving Wellness highlights seven great things about summer including free vitamin D, which is great for folks living in places like Russia and Alaska where winter days' sunlight are short and fleeting. And, don't forget summer gives us the chance to sweat more. No, it's not disgusting or gross. It's a natural way for the body to do some detox when you're enjoying physical activities in the great outdoors.
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Tip #1: Tip #2: Tip #3:

Let your 'napkins' be big and useful. You don't want to worry that someone's getting a lot of butter on the pretty napkin because they've slathered the butter on their corn and are wiping their hands. Yes, you'd maybe cringe at watching that oil go into your best napkin. In the summer, I love to use dish towels as my napkins. Here's some that I have and I totally adore. They're reasonably priced. Durable. Plus, at a little over a buck each, it sure goes a long way for a 25×15″ napkin! Another great napkin choice are bandanas that you can get at the big box stores like WalMart. They cost about a dollar and once washed and relaxed become perfect napkins.

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Tip #4: Tip #5: Tip #6:

the summer table

the summer table


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