The best thing about summer in the Midwest to me is gardening. Last Saturday I made my first batch of basil pesto for the year. I will be making another bunch tomorrow morning. When I make it I freeze it in an ice cube tray and then when frozen, I transfer to a freezer safe bag. I like to have at least 24 cubes to get me through to the next year.
Other than work and the grocery store runs, we're still staying to ourselves at home. Like all celebrations since March, the 4th of July was very different this year. First of all because I'm saddened by things going on in our country. And second of course because of the pandemic. We grilled out and then sat on our back porch and enjoyed fireworks from our back yard neighbors. The only thing that has remained "normal" this summer is my love of gardening and cooking with fresh ingredients. At least I have that.