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Thursday, June 4, 2015

June Mailbag, Summer Fun Edition

Dear Readers,
We've got a lot of mail to answer this month, so let's dive right in. 
Dear Lilly Faye,
I really suffer in the heat. How can I look stylish in this warm weather?
Signed, Ginger
Loose clothing is the answer, Ginger. You're in luck, '70s fashions are back in style. Peasant blouses, palazzo pants, and maxi dresses are all the rage. And of course, a pair of cute sandals goes with everything. 

Hmm, I wonder if I'm too short to wear floral print bell bottoms? 

Cali: Don't forget to drink plenty of water, use sunblock, and lay in the shade whenever possible, Ginger.

Lilly Faye: Thanks, Cali. 

Next, Ralph asks:
Do you have any safety tips for swimming at the beach?
Dizzie, my blog intern, is a Portuguese Water Dog, so I'll let him answer this one.

Dizzie: Hi, Ralph. Never swim alone, always obey the lifeguards, and if you get caught in a rip current, don't try to fight it. Swim parallel to the shore until you are safely out of it's grip. Also, no matter how thirsty you are, don't drink the ocean water.

Lilly Faye: Thanks, Diz. The next letter says:
Dear Frank,
I'm a big fan. Do you have any suggestions for a healthy summer dessert?
Love, Lil Dot

Mr. Frank: I'm really into grilled fruit this summer, Lil Dot. 

Peel and core a fresh pineapple, and cut the fruit into one inch cubes. Wash a couple of handfuls of strawberries, remove the stems, and slice the larger ones in half. Leave the little berries whole.  

Melt a tablespoon of butter in a hot skillet. I prefer a cast iron skillet, myself. You can also make this in a pan on a hot grill outdoors. 

Toss the pineapple cubes in the pan, and stir once to spread the butter evenly and make sure every piece of pineapple is touching the bottom of the pan. Leave it alone for a few minutes while the pineapple caramelizes. Then toss in the strawberries and a handful of red seedless grapes, and give it all a good stir. Lightly sprinkle ground cinnamon over the fruit.

Let the fruit cook a few more minutes, stirring occasionally, until all sides of the pineapple are caramelized. It's done! Don't add any sugar or sweetener of any kind. The fruit will be very sweet on its own.

Lilly Faye: That sounds good, Frank. I hope you'll fix some for me.

Mr. Frank: Anything for you, Doll.

Lilly Faye: Our last letter is from our own Alfie Cat:
Now that summer is here, the endless days of hunting and fishing are growing monotonous, and all my favorite shows are in reruns. I could use some new ideas for summer entertainment.

Lilly Faye: I'm going to throw this one over to Ceecee.

Ceecee: There's no need for you to be lonely and bored, Alfie. Come on over and spend time with me.

Ceecee: I'll share my beach reads with you. We can form our own summer book club for two.

Lilly Faye: How about that, Alfie? Alfie? Alfie seems to have disappeared.

Well, that's all for this time, folks. Keep writing, and we'll keep answering your mail.

Lilly Faye


  1. Awwe Lil Dot really enjoyed the grilled fruit recipe from Frank. I thought I saw Lil Dot fooling around with my iPad last night and I noticed how she was watching me close every time I was eating fruit. Lil Dot and I are sending our love to Henry and the gang! 😄😀😀

    1. I wondered if Lil Dot used your email when you weren't looking, Martha! Thanks for visiting the blog. We love you guys!

    2. Lil Dot can be very sneaky when she wants to be. Example: She sneaks food out of Bandit's bowl when he's not looking! Sometimes she does it right in front of him. He only gets mad if he's hungry at the time, otherwise he doesn't mind sharing! We love y'all too! Sometimes I miss a post but I always go back and check and see them all. That was so nice to include Lil Dot in your story. She's a little diva and drama queen. I do have to pull Bandit off of Lil Dot when she pushes his buttons and he gets mad, but he never tries to hurt her, just scare her a little. I always tell her not to start something she cant win! But as you know Bulldogs can be very stubborn, just ask Mr. Frank! Thanks again, your blogger staff is a lot of good, innocent fun. :-)

    3. Well don't tell anybody, but Frank can be a little bit sneaky, too! He's so cute when he gives the side-eye!

    4. That doesn't surprise me about Mr Frank! I guess it's a Bulldog thing!


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