Tastes of Summer – #AskAwayFriday

I am so excited to have the opportunity to exchange questions with the lovely Tamara from Tamara (Like) Camera for this week’s #AskAwayFriday to share a few Tastes of Summer with you all. I have become a true fan of her writing, story telling and ability to wrap you into her words and take you on a exploration of her thoughts. Top that with her amazing photography and you always close the tab of her site feeling as if you just met her and experienced something she has been kind enough to share with you.

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Tamara and I decided to do this week’s swap with a theme since we are both looking forward to a bit of summer vacation time and what comes with summer vacation? Food and well, all things summer!

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1. Did you make a summer bucket list? If no, what are five things to put on there? There’s still time! If yes, what is one thing on the list that you’ve already done? And what is something that you have yet to do?
Kinda. I did make a My Summertime Ten list for a recent linkup with TuesdayTen hosted by the lovely Rabia and Lisa. I included several things that I have never done. I had one that was already checked off, The Color Run! ๐Ÿ˜€ I plan on checking off a the Nutella one asap as well as although my wish to attend a Blogging Conference is not going to happen by the end of summer I am set to attend Bloggy Boot Camp coming up in October! Woot-Woot!
2. Would you rather take your family to a week in a beach house, like right ON the beach? Or a week in a cool cabin in the mountains? What about if it was just you and your husband?
Week in a beach house for sure! The closer to the beach the better. I am not the biggest fan of sand in all my nooks & crannies BUT I know for certain iw ould pick sand over bugs and mountain wood creatures any day…and so would my Kiddies! We love the south and being outside in the sun but if there were a way to eliminate bugs – yeah we would do that ๐Ÿ™‚
If it were just the Hubby and I we would probably still say a beach. Hubby has down the whole woods thing but I would still be so worried about bugs and such I would definitely have a lot more fun on the beach.
3. If you were throwing a party and serving all of your favorite summer foods, what would you be serving?
Wow! You are going to just let my taste buds run free, huh? ๐Ÿ˜€
Potato Salad, Tossed Salad, Fruite Salad
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Steaks, Grilled Chicken
Macaroni & Cheese, Mixed Fresh Veggies
Watermelon, Strawberries
Lemonade, Fruite Punch, Iced Teaย 
Ummm…yeah there’s probably more but hey, I don’t wanna look greedy! ๐Ÿ˜‰
4. What was the best, or one of the best, summers of your life like? What made it so memorable?
The best summer would definitely be the one where we were reunited with my Hubby after nearly 7 months of separationย that moment of meeting his eyes across the airport and knowing that we were a whole family again was definitely the best moment since I met him. It was my Birthday that day and we went out to dinner and slept in our empty house on the floor but we were together and to me that was all that mattered. We spent that entire summer enjoying our new island home and making up for the time we had lost.ย 
5. What is the best thing you have eaten..today?
My Hubby’s Fried Chicken Wings! LOL…I just finished a whole plate and they were beyond yummy! We recent;y bought a deep frier and he has mastered his batter and seasoning so every weekend he has been treating us with a batch along with a side of seasoned fries and they definitely qualify as my best dish today. I just wish I read your question before I ate them to the bones so I could have a photo…LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰
6. What’s your favorite fast-food restaurant and how often do you go there?
Okay. This is so hard. I actually mix my Fast Food Faves. I know…what does that mean? Well we live not far from what I guess is a hub of the city so all the Fast Food places are within the same little circle. So I will head over to McDonalds for fries, Burger King for a Whopper, KFC for a biscuit and then sometimes (more often than I want to admit) I’ll stop at Taco bell for ย Double Decker Taco.
Now let me say I usually eat this all in shifts but I can’t pick a favorite because ether each have things I like more at one than the other. Please don’t judge me – I’m taking advantage elf my high metabolism while I still have it ๐Ÿ˜€
7. What’s one of your favorite summer activities to do with family and friends?
Honestly just gather together and have fun being us. We love to have family over and grill, eat and play music. It usually ends in a bunch of ‘do you remember’ stories and laughter and to me those are the best days/nights of any summer.
8. What’s your all-time favorite meal, and how often do you get to enjoy it?
Easy. Chicken Parm (yeah I never say the whole thing…lol). I love this dish. My Hubby says I’m weird because I prefer to eat it over white rice with the sauce drizzled over it and he’s says the normal way is with spaghetti. Who wants to be normal? LOL I don’t get to eat it as much as I like because to make it how I do is rather long and most nights I just don’t have the time or patience. I usually make it on special occasions and birthdays since it is one of my Teenagers favorite meals too.
9. What are your top FIVE favorite iced drinks? And I know there have to be five iced drinks you know! You can be very specific too, with brand or restaurant or syrup names!
Whoa! Hard on! I’m not sure I have 5 because I started my love affair with Starbucks during the Fall and I am only just finding my preferred Iced Drinks. Yet here are the ones I love so far:
Iced Caramel Coffee


Shaken Peach Green Tea Lemonade


Shaken Sweet Tea
Shaken Sweet Tea Lemonade
Very Berry Hibiscus Refesher


10. What is your favorite thing about summer, and what is your least favorite thing about summer?
Favorite Thing: More time to spend as a family together and outside (yeah I hate the bugs but I love the sun…such a conflict LOL)
Least Favorite Thing: It goes by way too fast. I still can’t believe we’re already half way through July!
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26 thoughts on “Tastes of Summer – #AskAwayFriday

  • upliftingfam

    If I had to choose between a beach house or a cabin in the mountains, I would opt for the cabin in the mountains. I always went to Colorado in the summer time and I miss going there. Our family created so many memories while out camping and I really wanted to pass them on to my own children. I am sad because it hasn't worked out well and I haven't been able to take the camping in the mountains. Maybe one day.

  • Galaxia_Dawn

    These were perfect questions; Tamara is such a thoughtful person ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I would LOVE to do a color run (even though I hate running).

    2. After watching your videos, I can imagine you saying "nooks and crannies" HAHAHAHA

    3. I need to go to one of your parties. The fruit and drinks sound so good right now…maybe I'm thirsty!

    4. Ah, I feel like every young love story includes an empty apartment. Memories ♥

    5. We've been firing up our new grill a lot, but a deep fryer sounds awesome!

    6. Ewww….lol!! I think the only thing I like anymore are the french fries, but enjoy your fast metabolism for me!!

    7. I love reminiscing, too ๐Ÿ™‚

    8. I saw a recipe for Parmesan chicken nuggets that looked quick and easy…might be a good compromise!!

    9. I am SOOO thirsty now…2 of my favorites are the Green Tea Frappuccino and the Iced Passion Tea!

    It's so fun getting to know you better MrsTee! I definitely have to find an AskAwayFriday partner again soon! ♥
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Tamara really gave me the best questions and I had a blast answering each of them!
      1-you should! You can walk, jog or run…there is no pressure it\’s all up to you ๐Ÿ™‚
      2-LMBO…I have some of my own quirky ways of speaking, my Hubby loves pointing them out ๐Ÿ™‚
      3-Consider yourself invited ๐Ÿ˜€
      4-They probably do…I kinda wish we had it earlier on because Kiddies and an empty home with no TV or beds… whew! LOL
      5-We use the grill non-stop in the summer but this deep fryer is my new love for sure!
      6-LMBO..will do!
      8-Hmmm..may have to look into those for sure.
      9-Haha! Me too, I am all out of my home brew iced coffee…I see a Starbucks run in my near future.

      I love how you responded to each answer! So fun, thanks so much for coming by Galaxia xoxoxo

  • tamaralikecamera

    So happy I finally got here! It was worth the wait. I may even meet you for bloggy Boot Camp! Personally I would like chicken Parm the way you do it. I like rice much more than pasta. And all of your summer food sounds so delicious to me. And I agree about summer. I think about how much I hate the bugs and the humidity, but it's the fact that it's too fast that gets me the most. I want summer to be half the year! Thank you so much for a very fun and informative swap.
    My recent post Food, Folks & Summer Fun.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Yay! Happy to have you…I was stud in WIFI Limbo during our vacay as well. It was spotty to put it nicely. So glad to be back in my WIFI home ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re going to be there!?!? WootWoot! So is Mrs.AOK and Tenns from New Mama Diaries – this is going to be so much fun! Yes, I think I made my self hungry by the time I finished writing this ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh 6 months of summer would be amazing! I hope your vacation was awesome…xoxo

  • Dana

    I love that you have so many pics of your Starbucks drinks! I don't usually buy coffee drinks, but my sister-in-law is an iced coffee addict, and I had a few from Dunkin Donuts with her when we were on vacation together. Cream and two splenda…yum! I should not have read this first thing in the morning – now I am STARVING! Have a great weekend, Tiffany!
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    • MrsTee Post author

      Haha! Signs of a true StarbucksJunkie…they always looks so great and refreshing I simply have to share ๐Ÿ™‚ Iced is definitely the way to go in this Southern Summer heat. I haven\’t had Hot coffee in months!

  • Rea Alducente

    Definitely taking advantage of my fast metabolism too! Haha. And I'd love to have summer in a beach house. I'm thinking a cool cabin in the mountains is also fun and something new to us. I just hope like what you said, it's bug-free or insect-free! LOL. I love your summer menu, grills, burgers and fresh fruits!! Nothing beats! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • MrsTee Post author

      LMBO…we have to while we have them, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love a cabin if I could be guaranteed no bugs! LOL Thanks Rea… I think those are definitely the best eats ever! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • ssgannett

    What a great swap! Love the theme! Can I come to your party…all of that food sounds amazing! LOL! I have so been known to mix up my fast food on occasion! LOL! Grab an Gyro from a stand and McDonald's fries and a Taco Bell taco and some KFC mashed taters and gravy! LOL! I have even eaten it all at one sitting, though I think that I was preggo at the time! Hope you are having a great time and have a great weekend!
    My recent post #AskAwayFriday with Carla from Real Into!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks Stacey! Haha…of course you can! I love good company ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh I almost always eat it in one sitting…lol Thanks so much and enjoy your weekend!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Thanks so much! Are you? It\’s so much fun…I ran as a Girls Day out so I don\’t have any tips for running with the Kiddies but once you get a few I\’ll need them because I do plan on adding in the Kiddie fun next year ๐Ÿ˜€ LOL..I\’m am definitely taking advantage of this metabolism while I can…I hope I have a few more meals left ๐Ÿ™‚

      • @LiveBySurprise

        I'm sure you have more than a few meals left. I'm hoping to blog about it not too long after we do it, and will let you know how it goes with the kids. I just read one this week where the blogger suggested that the color got everywhere (and I mean everywhere) – did you have that problem? She also suggested that I bring goggles and kerchiefs for the kids faces.

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