These are undoubtedly the dog days of summer for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, it’s blazing hot. Denver isn’t even that hot and it’s still hot. I prefer the crisp mountain air to 100 degree heat any day.

Secondly though, I feel like this summer has literally been centered around the health of my dog, Porter. The little guy just can’t get a break! Besides getting really sick a month or so ago, he has had a lingering skin rash that comes and goes every few months.

Sometimes the rash goes away on its own, but this current iteration of it is definitely not going away. It’s here with a vengeance and medication will be needed. Poor guy.

Summer Dinners and Squash Pasta – A beautiful post but also a stunning dinner with squash “noodles” and pesto that, I think, might be the perfect late summer dinner. (@ A Sweet Spoonful)

Heirloom Tomato Galette – Even if you don’t have the most beautiful backyard in the world and even if you don’t grow your own heirloom tomatoes, you can still find perfect ones at the market this time of year. (@ White on Rice Couple)

Food Fighters on Youtube – If you missed Food Fighters on Tuesday (or if you didn’t), you should check out their Youtube channel. Not only are some of the challenges there, but also there’s some exclusive digital videos from each episode. I really like the quick cooking tips that they give. (@ YouTube)

Have a great weekend everyone. If you need me, I’ll be building sand castles!