We've got a lot of mail to answer this month, so let's dive right in.
Dear Lilly Faye,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.
I really suffer in the heat. How can I look stylish in this warm weather?
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:
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.