Song Lime in the Coconut
Well, we have Harry Nilsson to thank for this painting! I loved this song as a kid- I had no idea what the words meant! I still don’t…all I know is you put the lime in the coconut and you drink it all up…and you feel better! This song was like dessert for your ears when it came on the radio. You wouldn’t dare turn the station. It’s the kind of song you secretly feel proud that you know every word!
Lime in the Coconut, inspired by the 1970’s song
The perfect summer icecream treat! Just what kind of orange icecream is that? Is it sherbet? Whatever it is, I’ll take it slightly creamy and melt-y! The only problem with icecream is when it’s gone! Just delightful!
Orange creme icecream cone-orange and vanilla twist icecream
Frozen Pink Lemonade
After ripping the plastic strip off the can, removing the aluminum disk from the end, I would hold that can for a few seconds then wait for the “scccuuuupppppp” sound as the plop of pink creamy ice fell into the pitcher. I remember being in such a hurry to make it that filling 3 whole cans of water seemed like an eternity. The sticky, gooey mess would be left on the counter, along with whatever utensil could find to make it. Then, after selecting a glass as impressive as this pink drink, I would find the perfect spot to enjoy it. The ritual involved with pink lemonade hasn’t changed much and while buying a carton may seem easier, there is something about the canned frozen pink lemonade that remains my prefered method of classic, summer-must enjoyment.
Hot Mess: 6″ x 6″ oil on gessobord
Cherry pie from fresh cherries? Nonsense! Who needs fresh when the can are so tasty! Nothing is more American than a slice of pie on the 4th of July! Hope you had yours! Happy 4th! And yes, this painting and the pie were a hot mess, but oh so delicious!
“Look to the Cookie!” Jerry Seinfeld put it best!
Who doesn’t like the Black and White Cookie??!! Hard to resist, no matter what the season. Jerry Seinfeld, while standing in a deli with Elaine, says its the key to racial harmony! If only it were that easy…..and tasty!
Cookie provided by Lakeside Farms, Ballston Lake, NY
You could always count on a glass dish filled with these little candy treasures at my grandmothers. The bowl was always strategically placed waiting for our little fingers to sneak 3 or 4 at a time! I would load a few in my pockets and eat on the ride home. It was like eating a kaleidoscope! Every color and shape seemed different and more special than the next. The Christmas memories I from being a kids of the 60’s and 70’s stay with me now as I put out the dish for my nieces and nephews to marvel, and hopefully take a few home for their car ride. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Twinkies, Of Course, 6″ x 6″ Oil on gesso board
Every kid at some point needs to eat a Twinkie. I know, I know….they are terrible for you! But, have you ever had a Twinkie with an iced-cold glass of milk? Yeah, they are still terrible. Twinkies were part of “normal” childhood-or what I thought all the normal, cool kids had! I had to include Twinkies, Of Course in the Summer As It Was. And now, I think I’ll pour a nice glass of milk!
Waffles, 6″ x 6″ Oil on gesso board
Room temperature butter and Aunt Jemima syrup are all I need. Oh and waffles. Yes, I like a little waffles with my syrup and butter. Waffles used to be square and come in small boxes, at least that’s what we always ate. Store bought, freezer burnt waffles. Nothing but the best. It didn’t matter…frozen waffles were the summer’s best weekday breakfast, along with a frozen can of Orange juice. Add 3 cans of cold water and stir. I looked all over for frozen square waffles and I don’t think they make them anymore. Eggo cornered the market on the round waffle. On a side note, no waffles were eaten during the photographing for this painting…but I have half a box left for tomorrow!
Got Ketchup? 6″ x 6″ Oil on gesso board
Fries in the summer, especially after swimming, were an all-time favorite. With pruned fingers from marinating in the Saratoga Pool, we would eat our fries with the classic wooden fork, and of course, wash them down with an iced-cold Coke. We would take our tray of fries and soda, and the red bottle of ketchup, then squeeze it all over, trying to hit every fry! Lunch was an afterthought. It was all about the fries and soda. Then the wait to swim after eating. Honestly, who ever really paid attention to that? It’s not like we were Olympic swimmers, just wanted to get on with Marco Polo.
Twist with Chocolate Sprinkles, 6″ x 6″ Oil on gesso board
Vanilla, Chocolate or Twist. That was it. You could add sprinkles (chocolate) or have it dipped. Of course, you could go to the fancy place that had both hard and soft ice cream. You could get strawberry, chocolate chip, pistachio, maybe butter pecan. The “Ma & Pa” icecream joints of yesteryear seem to be doing fairly well, but to stay with the trends, they have added all kinds of “swirly-making” machinery. Now, it seems if you can imagine it, they can make an icecream cone from it. Soft-serve ice cream is one of summer’s “must haves”. Everyone has their own personal preference- vanilla, chocolate, twist, dip, sprinkles-chocolate, rainbow…the list now is mindboggling. That’s why I still stick with the usual…”Twist, with chocolate sprinkles, please?”