I have a romantic vision of August–of crashing waves, linen clothes slightly wrinkled, and faded porches with overgrown honeysuckle. It exudes imperfection. So whether you’re lucky enough to be on a beach somewhere, or stuck trudging down hot empty city streets, August is the perfect time to slowly wind down summer’s excess while being present in the beauty that inevitably surrounds you. Appreciate the simplicity of moments spent reflecting, reorganizing, and treasuring what you already have–clip some flowers from your nearest garden, put on your breeziest worn summer clothing, and bring out a seashell from summers past to liven up a lonely bookshelf.
Revel in the simplicity of August by whipping up classic dishes that are quick, easy, and guaranteed crowd-pleasers. Our forever pick for a timeless summer meal always revolves around ripe summer heirloom tomatoes and farmer-fresh mozzarella–why not try Bon Appétit’s tried and true ultimate caprese salad on a relaxing weeknight at home? For lazy mornings spent with those you love, maybe even on the 7th of the month for Friendship Day, embrace August’s simple vibes with the epitome of homemade brunch: Food52’s rosemary french toast with vanilla crème fraîche.
On the 25th, be mindful of the women in your life for Women’s Equality day. Celebrate justice. Remember its importance and significance, and acknowledge what we can do to make the world a safer place for all of us to live in. Lift up the women around you as we remember what it means to not only be equal, but what it means to be kind. Let us continue to push for the equality of all while appreciating the simplicity of August, and the simplicity of fairness.
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