Welcoming July

July means high summer.  This is the time for the berries, peppers, summer squashes.

It’s maybe not the best month for baking, but I dared.  I made a lemon pound cake with some mixed berries blended in, and a layer of fresh blueberries in the middle.  Topped with lemon glaze, it really hit the spot.

We headed north to darling Balboa Island, a quaint village of shops and of course the signature Balboa Bar and Frozen Banana!

Then we stopped in lovely San Clemente on the Pacific Coast Highway.  This is the view from Pizza Port Brewing. There are several of them in SoCal, but this was our first time tying the San Clemente one.

Naturally, we sampled the beer and had their delicious pizzas and “garlic buddies.”

The next day of the long weekend, we headed to historic Presidio Park.It’s a beautiful space, with open park for picnics and play, and trails that go behind the structure itself.  

Then on the Fourth of July we attended a neighborhood parade in the morning, and enjoyed the Big Bay Boom fireworks at night.

While the heat can build quickly, there’s a lot to love about July.  

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