The temperature hit 100 degrees a few days ago, so if you're still in town, odds are you aren't a snowbird and are settling in for the long haul of summer.
This year, I thought it might be a good idea to select from a list of specifically proclaimed American Food & Drink Months and Days. These have the potential for both enjoyment and interdicting the tedious long haul to autumn.
Here are some options that may prove to be summer stress reducers for you. We'll begin with several designation options for each month; you can choose your preference.
June is National Candy Month and National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. This one should be a no-brainer.
July is National Baked Bean, Culinary Arts and Ice Cream Month. Again, this is an easy call.
August is National Brownies at Brunch Month. Summer sales abound, so buying a new set of bathroom scales might be in order here.
September is National Biscuit and National Cholesterol Education Month. That doesn't seem fair, but partaking of both options could be your best bet.
All right, it's time for the fun stuff with some particular days that seem ideally suited to summer.
1) June 10th is National Iced Tea Day, and seemed like the perfect starting date for beating the heat.
2) June 12th is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Adding some chocolate chips to the recipe would almost result in a stand-alone entree.
3) June 13th must surely have been suggested to the committee by my wife in reference to me and my ability to devastate food; it's National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day.
4) The thought of June 16th makes my mouth water, it's National Fudge Day.
5) I suppose the next one on June 17th was inevitable; Eat All Your Veggies Day.
At about this point it might be a good idea to step onto the bathroom scale just to ensure that your vigorous summer fitness program is keeping your weight in check. If not, there's no immediate reason to panic, simply eat slower while continuing your fitness regimen. OK, back to the stress reduction program.
6) It's time to tap your imagination because July 1st is Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day. This is your big chance to experiment with some odd concoctions and use your friends and neighbors as judges.
7) Speaking of your neighbors, you might want to warn them about the next one on July 3rd; Eat Beans Day. Of course, you could opt to forego this one and choose the double-hitter Beans 'N' Franks Day on July 13th.
8) July 19th is a summer must-do; National Ice Cream Day.
9) We'll close out July on the 30th with National Cheesecake Day.
It's time to get another reading from your bathroom scale. If all is well, then proceed apace. If you've bulked up a bit, just pick up the pace on your fitness routine and move on.
10) August 3rd is National Watermelon Day, and where I grew up this was comparable to a federal holiday. This also happens to be Grab Some Nuts Day, but you'll have to make the call on how to pursue this one.
11) August 10th is National Banana Split Day, another chance to get creative.
12) It wouldn't be summer without August 20th and Lemonade Day.
13) August 31 offers another opportunity to gather with friends and neighbors for a pleasant evening on Eat Outside Day.
14) And you thought we were stuck in "sugary summer" didn't you? Au contraire, September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day.
15) Since we're on a temporary healthy eating kick, don't forget September 10th, TV Dinner Day. Our parents would be proud.
16) Oh, what the heck, let's keep the health food coming; September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day.
17) I don't want you nodding off when summer officially ends on September 21st, so take advantage of the day to alertly welcome the oncoming cooler weather on September 29th, National Coffee Day.
As you can see, we'll have sampled a lot of "fun food," but when summer is history, what better way to usher in a new season offering pleasant outdoor activities than on October 1st, National Vegetarian Day. Be sure to clean your plate.
Regardless of how you've chosen to eat your way through the blistering months, please have a safe and pleasant summer.