But the second I came home, the gig was up. I would whip open the fridge and based on the contents, I could tell that there had been a lot more fun being had than she alluded to. You see, over the course of eight weeks, our family-friendly school fridge had morphed into the Summertime Fridge. Gone were the juice boxes, processed cheese sliced and bologna. In went the Bloody Mary mix, brie, and cured salami.
Is it possible that my parents could have a life that I am not the center of? A life that includes booze, stinky cheese, and hors d'oeuvres? I cannot even begin to tell you how betrayed I felt. My mother. Having fun. Without me. I swore I would never do that to my children.
But like most of the details of my adult life, things are not the way I thought they'd be. Hence, in addition to the skinny ankles, love of running, and her mad chicken soup-making skills, I have inherited my mother's summertime palate:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you (drumroll please) the Summertime Fridge:
- Greek Yogurt (exclusively for dips and definitely NOT a substitute for sour cream on taco night).
- Peppers, radishes, Swiss chard and other veggies that are wasted on my cucumber-loving kids.
- TWO bottles of wine chilling
- Grapefruit juice (for mixing purposes, of course)
- No less than three kinds of hummus: red pepper, olive, and au natural.
- No less than three kinds of pesto: sun-dried tomato, basil, and spicy black olive.
- Mini balls of bocconcini cheese for last-minute cocktail party emergencies.
- Strawberries and mangoes, cut up and ready for slushie drinks
1/2 cup butter
2 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Note: Lesley told me that she usually makes these using the microwave but since it broke on the exact day she was making them, she was forced to go all pioneer-woman and use the stove. Feel free to use whichever you're more comfortable with.
Directions: Melt the butter and Mars bars and stir until smooth (and booze, if you choose). Mix in the Rice Krispies. Press into an 8 x 8 pan. Melt the chocolate chips and spread evenly. Let cool in the oven until firm. Cut into squares.