5 Favorite summer pastimes

With summer finally here, it’s time to kick off your shoes, put on your shades and turn the sprinklers on for some cool and refreshing fun. This is the season to have some fun and take part in your favorite summer pastimes. Whether they are pastimes from your childhood or ones you’ve created as an adult, they can be a good way to catch up with friends and families, get some vitamin D the old-fashioned way, and enjoy the outdoors.

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1. Watch fireworks

While 4th of July is a great day to see fireworks, your town or a neighboring city may have fireworks planned for multiple days during the summer. Make a day trip out of it, or if you’re lucky to have views from your own house, you can turn the evening into a nighttime picnic.

smores bark2. Camp

One favorite pastime many will take part in this summer is camping. Whether it’s three cities away at a state park or as simple as pitching a tent in your backyard, there’s plenty of ways to make this pastime extra special and memorable. Once day turns into night, you’ll begin to crave the ultimate camping snack, but you won’t need to build a fire before you can indulge in this fun treat. Delysia Chocolatier’s Smores Bark is a combination of delicate graham crackers with gooey handmade marshmallows covered in creamy artisanal milk chocolate. Between bites, you can go chase fireflies or do some star- gazing.

3. Enjoy a baseball game

Whether you live in a small town or a big city, chances are there is a baseball game waiting to be enjoyed. Baseball is as all-American as apple pie and all around us. So grab your cap and head to the bleachers or consider joining a club sports team to get out there yourself.

4. Swim

You’ve waited nine months and summer is finally here. Make it official by jumping into your neighborhood pool or your town’s lake. It can result in countless hours of fun for the kids and is a great form of exercise.

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5. Berry pick

Check out pickyourown.org to find the nearest strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry farm near you. After a fun day of picking berries head home to make a cobbler and serve it with your favorite ice cream and Delysia’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark. The delicate berries will go nicely with the hearty crunch of the peanut butter and the salty finish of the peanuts will balance out the sweetness of the ice cream.

What are some of your favorite pastimes that you plan to do with your family and friends this summer? Are there pastimes from your childhood that you continue to do as an adult? Share your stories and memories with us in the comments and tag photos on Instagram with #DelysiaSummer.

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.