Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer Sun Sizzle

In last month's poetry challenge, I wrote a poem speaking directly to the sun called I'm Begging You, Sun.We'd been having an abundantly wet and stormy spring, and that's an understatement. So I begged. Begged the sun to come out and play. Or come out and let me play.

There's more at stake here than just wanting my yard to dry out. PurDude is the Head Lifeguard and Learn To Swim Coordinator at a public pool. He needs every penny he can make as it's the bulk of what he'll have for spending money this coming school year. And he doesn't get paid for the days they have to close the pool. So my begging the sun to come out was not just for me.

But make no mistake, I'm a summer girl, always has been.

Monthly Poetry Group, July's theme: Sizzle | Graphic by Jules of The Bergham Chronicles | | #poetry #poems

I made it through a long cold winter, I suffered through a soggy spring. And now hot steamy summer is here. How do I feel about it?

Summer Sun Sizzle

Sprinklers hiss to life at the break of day,
mosquitos buzz at dusk, smack them away.

Gardens and flower pots, nature's rainbow,
plants lean to the sun to bloom and grow. 

Get out the hose, fill that big water gun,
nothing like summer's unique brand of fun.

Pops and bangs, colors light up the sky,
cordite odor that just won't die.

Cookouts and parties and dinner on the grill,
Fresh fruits and garden veggies fit the bill.

Grilled Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin: Pork tenderloin with a flavorful, spicy rub, then grilled for a simple and flavorful dinner. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #grill #pork

Grilled Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Grilled Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin: Pork tenderloin with a flavorful, spicy rub, then grilled for a simple and flavorful dinner. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #grill #pork

Red shoulder, burnt nose, a price I'll pay,
Rosanne Rosannadanna must have its way.

The hot-foot run from sidewalk to grass,
and still, barefoot's the only way to pass.

Refreshing cocktails, watch the setting sun,
celebrate another lazy summer day done.

Goodby winter snow, so long spring drizzle,
summer sun, burn bright and sizzle,
bringing pure joy, this season's the shizzle.

Monthly Poetry Challenge, July's theme is Sizzle | graphic by Candice of Measurements of Merriment | | #poem #poetry

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry by some of my friends: 

Candice of Measurements shares Sizzle, Sizzle, Pop, Boom . . . BANG

Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares Snap, Crackle, Sizzle

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares You Make Me Melt

Diane of On the Border shares Sizzle Fizzled

Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Summer Lovin'.

Baking In A Tornado signature | | #MyGraphics

Grilled Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Printable Recipe
1 1/2 to 2# pork tenderloin
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP salt 
1 TBSP paprika
2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp instant coffee powder

OPT: Serve with my homemade Devil's Applesauce

*Rinse and pat dry the pork tenderloin.
*Mix together the rest of the ingredients.
*Place the tenderloin onto a long piece of plastic wrap. Sprinkle the rub over the meat and gently massage in. Turn the tenderloin so all sides are covered with the rub.
*Roll the tenderloin tightly into the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to a day.
*Spray your cold grill with nonstick spray. Heat the grill to medium.
*Remove the tenderloin from the plastic wrap and place onto the grill. 
*Cook for 35 to 40 minutes (we prefer pork to be cooked through, adjust cooking time if you prefer it more rare), turning every 10 minutes. If the outside is getting too dark, you may need to lower the heat slightly.
*Remove from grill, tent with foil and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
*Serve with homemade Devil's Applesauce.


  1. You sealed the deal with the shizzle. LOVE it!!!!!

  2. Love this poem! Great imagery and rhyme (you know I love me some rhyme). And the recipe looks delish! Awesome job this month Karen! :)

    1. Thank you, Candice. I really liked the theme this month, definitely perfect for July in so many ways.

  3. Absolutely amazing!!! Love love love. That ending was the cherry on top!!!
    I wish I had seen this recipe before I put dinner in the crock pot earlier!!

    1. Save the recipe for another day. And let me know when you do try it.

  4. Oh, I was into this! I can feel the hot summer air. Smell the baking sage (okay, I live on the Alberta prairies) and the hot dust in the air. I, too am a child of the summer. Thank you for the whiff!

    1. I bet the Alberta prairies is a beautiful place to spend the summer months!

  5. Hate is a strong word but I HATE summer. I wrote a post last year about the 10 reasons why and I could probably come up with more. Enjoyed the poem - brought back memories of my growing up years in the Mid West!

    1. We're opposites I guess, I am a summer lover!

    2. And that, dear friend, is what makes this crazy world go round!

  6. And you pretend not to be a poet.

    1. LOL, no, I pretend to be a poet. But I'm not fooling anyone.


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