Summertime bucket list

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I have a bucket list for my “whole” life, and it includes two things: drive an RV around the country on a food-related road trip and get a food-related tattoo. I know, I’m EXCITING.

But I DO have a pretty lengthy summer cooking bucket list, a list of all the things I want to cook/eat/see/make before the summer is over, in no particular order:

  1. Eat a lobster. Not sure if I’m ready to make one myself, but finding a lobster roll in Indianapolis isn’t easy.
  2. Can something in my pint and a half jars. They were pretty, I bought them, not sure what to do now…  Made dilly beans!
  3. Master the foil packet for the grill.
  4. Bake a pie.
  5. See Phish live. Saw Phish live.
  6. Work really really really hard on this blog.
  7. Use blog as an excuse to make random food like ice cream. Say hello to this. 
  8. Go to at least one Symphony on the Prairie.
  9. Perfect my cucumber salad recipe. Done: here’s the result!
  10. Watch a movie at Tibbs Drive-In Theater.
  11. Make batches of vanilla extract as holiday gifts for friends.
  12. Homebrew. Part 1 completed. 
  13. Hit up each of Indianpolis’ farmers markets at least once.
  14. Picnic at the IMA during one of their Summer Nights, particularly Alien
  15. Harvest the (hopeful) veggies from my first ever garden: tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos, green/orange/yellow/fajita/banana peppers and jalapenos. Oh, and can them.
  16. Grill citrus.
  17. Read Food in Jars, Joy the Baker and hope to god that Jenny Lawson writes another book, soon.
  18. Find a projector and screen movies in my backyard on my garage wall.
  19. Visit a state park like Brown County, Eagle Creek, Monroe, or Turkey Run for hiking, biking and picnics.

Also, I went on a hot air balloon ride!!! This is a must for anyone interested in seeing the world from above. Very surreal and serene at the same time.

I will update this as the summer goes on and cross off the items as I complete them. It’s also essential that I have tunes to accompany me on these adventurous activities. Here are a few compilations that I associate closely with the bucket list:

DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mic Boogie’s Summertime 1, 2, and 3 mixtapes (3 was just released June 11)

My 60s/70s summer lovin’ playlist on Spotify, filled with motown, funk, singer/songwriter, and jazz

Live Phish at Verizon Wireless Music Center on 8/3/10, since I’ll be seeing them on 6/28/12!

Late Night Tales continuous mix series with Air, Groove Armada, Zero 7 and Jamiroquai

Cucumbers, which will be harvested and canned as part of my summertime bucket list

Cucumbers, which will be harvested and canned as part of my summertime bucket list

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  • Denise Dilworth

    You go, girl! If you’re brave enough to try cooking a lobster yourself, we can do it at my house. Always wanted to try that.

    • solidgoldeats

      Thank you!! I have heard that Kona Jacks is a great place to get seafood. You can eat there at the restaurant OR get the raw food and cook it yourself at home! I will keep you updated.

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