My 2.5-week summer holiday has commenced, as of the close of the work-day yesterday.

Unlike other summers where I’ve taken a full four weeks away from the office, I’m departing for a shorter term this year, since I am music-directing two different shows and only have 1.5 weeks off between the end of The Sweet Smell of Success and the start of rehearsals for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming.

But summer holiday is filled, as usual.  I’m off to NYC next week, for a short visit and some research.  Then I have a dash over to Lee’s Summit and on to Des Moines to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera.

The next few weeks, until August 10 or so, are still three-days-in-office, and some long weekends.  I still have reading to do, and music to compose, and local tourism to do!

But I wish I were abroad this summer . . . .

The dentist

I saw the dentist again on Wednesday.

Cleaning.  Fluoride treatment.

And an appointment to see him again in two weeks for an adjustment on the crown he installed in April.

Then I walked across the street to HotBox Cookies and bought two yummy, sugar-laden discs of doughy goodness to bring home with me.

Sandy Creek Bridge

I went with a friend on Sunday evening to Sandy Creek Covered Bridge in Hillsboro, down in the county where my father was born.

Until about 1900, I would have paid 3¢ to walk across this bridge, and each head of cattle or sheep I drove across would have cost me 1½¢.

More recipes

A compilation of recipes I’ve liked and linked recently on Facebook:

  • Steak seven ways
  • Salad dressing nine ways
  • Fidget spinner cookies
  • Prime rib with garlic herb butter
  • Rice cooker cheese cake
  • Cast iron cooking
  • Beef short ribs
  • Slow cooker Mexican lasagna
  • No-bake strawberry lasagna
  • Easy soft flatbread
  • Steamed pork dumplings
  • Potato pancakes
  • Tornado cake
  • Strawberries & cream cupcakes
  • Best buttermilk biscuits
  • Spun-sugar snickerdoodle blondies
  • Creamy Parmesan garlic mushroom chicken
  • Buttermilk blueberry breakfast cake
  • Fresh strawberry cake
  • Taco soup
  • Slow cooker Mongolian beef
  • Breakfast bombs
  • Banana pudding cheesecake
  • Chicken Francaise
  • Lemon strawberry poundcake
  • Honey garlic slow cooker ribs
  • Hawaiian cheesecake fruit salad
  • Strawberry triple-layer cake
  • Spinach artichoke dip
  • Slow cooker Salisbury steak
  • Apple Tart
  • Frosted animal cookie cheesecake
  • Cinnamon roll coffee cake

Favorite things

I made shortbread again this weekend.

And this NPR story was too fine not to share: