Like most big sisters, Judy has opened my eyes to a lot of things. She’s the one who gave me my first sip of Champagne. So I had to get a bottle of our favorite bubbly to pop open while we relaxed and dined on the dock.
Judy and I are always officially on a diet. But just in case our resolve waned just a bit after a glass or two of Champagne, I wanted to have a delightful dessert on hand. So I ordered petite cakes from The French Bee, my favorite neighborhood purveyor of all things mouth-watering. These melt-in-your-mouth delicacies were worth every single calorie.
I have resolved to do more sunsets. I hope you will too. Your sunset celebration can be as effortless as a last-minute invite to a few dear friends, no worries about having to cook a meal or clean your house.
Or, you can plan a light summer snack, like fresh fruit and an assortment of cheese. Even the simplest of fare looks fantastic when you serve it in lovely bowls, like we did here at Innisfree. Dan and I like to keep Sancerre, a light French wine, chilled and ready for summer evenings outside. If wine isn’t your thing, toss some cucumbers and fresh basil in a pitcher and top it with chilled water for a wonderfully refreshing summer drink.
But don’t let the food or beverages or table treatment be the main thing. The main thing is this: stopping in the moment, reveling in nature’s daily miracle, drinking in the joy of friendship.
This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity's blog at www.nellhills.com