So you’re a Sexy Spinster over 40, single and child free. What are your options for fun summer things to do? You want to be social, active, have fun and maybe find a summer romance (or two, or three). I’m going to throw out my ideas for things to do and I need your suggestions too. There’s a theme to all the list entries, and that theme is big crowds of similar aged like minded people. You’ll probably see good looking men you didn’t realize lived in your city
Top 5 Summer To Do List
1. Summer Festivals
Here in Madison, WI we have Summer Festival Season, and it starts this weekend! Your area probably has ethnic festivals like Italian or Greek. Check out neighborhood festivals too. The benefit of festivals is the sheer volume of people. There’s more eye candy than any bars or your friend’s house parties. Your odds of meeting a like minded person go way up. Go to a festival during the day with your nieces and nephews, go to festivals at night to meet and mingle with people your age.
2. Baseball Game
No I’m not a baseball fan, but I suck it up and go because there are always men of all ages (and sizes) to look at. If you’re sitting close enough you can ogle the baseball players. Some of them are even good looking. If you’re not close to a MLB Team go to your local non-professional team games.
3. Roadtrip to Chicago
The best summer city in America period. Go to a Cubs or White Sox game, go to the Art Institute, hang out at Oak Street Beach, see a Second City improv show, Navy Pier boat cruise, dinner and drinks in The Viagra Triangle. Time your trip for Taste of Chicago around Fourth of July. The Viagra Triangle is on Division Street and Rush Street; Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse is probably the main attraction in that area. Plus : shopping shopping shopping.
If you don’t have a boat, find a friend with a boat, make new friends with someone who has a boat. Find a place that will rent a boat to you. There’s a whole alternate reality/universe Boat Society going on during the summer that you’re not a part of. You need to get in there and check it out. Bonus: you can act out the “I’M ON A BOAT” video!
5. Day Drinking
Start with a Bloody Mary during brunch and don’t stop. Play a board game or card game outside all day, go shopping, or people watching. You could play volleyball I guess. Here’s the best advice: combine #5 with Summer To Do List items #1-#4.
Who doesn’t indulge in some comfort food once in a while? Weird people that’s who. What’s on the list of known Comfort Foods : Mac & Cheese, Pizza, Chips, Casseroles, Cake, Cupcake, Cookies, Mashed Potato & Gravy, Burgers & Fries, what else? Comment on what foods you would add. I’d like to submit one of mine that I make at home, White Chicken Enchiladas. It has the main Comfort Food requirements: Cheese & its hot. Probably the only redeeming ingredient is Chicken because it has protein. I found it on Pinterest of course. I have made it so many times. It freezes well, good news if you’re a Sexy Spinster living alone because you can eat some fresh and save the rest for later. This picture is from the last time I made them and I ate four in one sitting.
White Chicken Enchiladas
White Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Oven 350, grease a 9 x 13 dish. Mix 2 cups cooked chicken, 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, 1 minced garlic clove in a bowl for the filling. Spoon a little bit into each of the 8 tortillas roll them up and put them in the 9 x 13 dish.
In a sauce pan on the stove with medium heat melt 3 TB butter, add 3 TB flour whisk for a minute. Add 2 cups chicken broth and whisk until it thickens. Pull it off the heat add 1 cup of sour cream and a 4 oz. can of diced/chopped green chilies. Whisk until smooth, pour it over the 8 tortillas and spread an additional 1 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, then hit Broil to make the top nice & brown. Recipe on Plain Chicken blog.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend the official beginning of summer. If you’re single and childless that means you are probably going to get your drink on a little or a lot no matter how old you are. I live in Wisconsin and that means we don’t need much of a reason to gather and drink.
Best Memorial Day Weekend Ever
My all time favorite Memorial Day Weekend was about 10 years ago. There were 5 of us at a house Up North Wisconsin. We woke up Saturday morning and ate seafood omelettes. Then everyone proceeded to drink while playing Scrabble outside in 90 degree heat for the next 10 hours. I personally drank cranberry + vodka all day (or maybe it was pomegranate juice + vodka?). No shower no breaks. If you don’t know, 90 degrees on Memorial Day Weekend in Northern WI is unheard of, the usual high temp is 64. Best weekend ever.
Disclaimer before the list starts : I am partial to Vodka and avoid whiskey and bourbon.
Top 5 Summer Drinks
1. Greyhound – Grey Goose Vodka + Grapefruit juice
2. Beer – Cold
3. Moscow Mule – Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice
4. Mojito – Rum, Mint, Lime, Sugar, Soda Water
5. Margarita – Tequila & mixer on the rocks!
There you go, try one or try them all. Time to share your opinion and tell the world what the best Summer Drinks are!
I’m talking about FOOD. I think the key to staying in shape is making your own food. Nothing from a box like Lean Cuisine or Pasta Roni. I lived on that stuff in my 20’s and 30’s. Didn’t everybody? But when you’re over 40, your health isn’t something you can take for granted anymore. My grandma (mom’s mom) had a heart attack in her early 40’s. So I made up my mind to find healthy recipes and make 75% of the food I eat from scratch. If I have a salad, I make the dressing. If I’m making pasta I make the sauce. I don’t eat red meat, I do eat seafood, chicken, turkey, and pork. Two days a week are meat free. I am pretty good about eating vegetables every day. Fruit I’m lucky to get once or twice a week.
Orzo with Roasted Broccoli recipe
Here is a recipe I just found on Pinterest and I love it. See the actual picture of what I ate! Roast Broccoli and Chickpeas for around 20 minutes in the oven at 400, shake salt pepper and garlic powder over them too. I laid tin foil on a cookie sheet. Make 1 1/2 cups orzo according to directions. Put some pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat, shake them until they’re brownish. Mix it all together with Lemon juice from a lemon and a little but of olive oil. Here’s the link to the recipe.
What’s a healthy homemade recipe you enjoy making?