Monthly Archive for June 2011
If I had to pick one thing—a single, solitary thing—that I loved most about June, it just might be the strawberries. There are peonies, and fireflies, and graduations, and kids out of school, and the true start of the BBQ season, and car washes in the sun, and baseball every night, and sunshine past 8 pm, and farmers back at the market in Wicker Park on Sunday mornings, and new swimsuits, and marshmallows burnished by the bonfire. To be sure, these are all fantastic features of June—a month that, if you ask me, has got exactly the right idea. It begins (Memorial Day) and ends (Independence Day) with 3-day holiday weekends, for Pete’s sake!
But, between those bookends, there are strawberries.
Hello! Happy June! Happy belated Memorial Day! Happy summer! Happy farmers’ market season! Man, I’ve been gone longer than I thought I would be. I’ve missed all these beginnings, but—the good news is—I have cake.
Well, okay, the cake was for my mother-in-law’s birthday, but you don’t mind if I recycle it for all of the aforementioned occasions, do you? No? Good! You’re so kind. But, really, a cake like this—two thick layers, covered in frosting—is best suited for birthdays.