It seems like June was just yesterday, but I blinked, and suddenly it's August! Since the first half of Summer flew by, I've resolved to relish the rest of it with more cookouts and get-togethers featuring my favorite warm-weather foods. To help max out the month, I'll be sure to have a few indispensable items within arm's reach. Keep reading to find out which items I can't live without right now.
Salad Blaster Bowls
Toss together one of the season's best salads  for dinner — and make some extra for lunch the next day. The brilliant Salad Blaster Bowl  — which stores your dressing separately to avoid wilted leaves — is great for on-the-go meals, both for you and little ones headed to back to school.
Julie & Julia
The most anticipated food film of the year, Julie & Julia , premieres Friday, Aug. 7. This comedy-drama, which parallels the life of food blogger Julie Powell with that of acclaimed chef Julia Child, is a must-watch.
J.K. Adams Trench Board
The J.K. Adams Trench Board  puts all other cutting boards to shame. This beauteous black carving board not only has a sloped cutting area with a deep juice well, but it also does double duty as a serving tray.
Ice Cream Cooler
Wishing you could bring your favorite homemade ice cream flavor  to share with friends at the beach or the pool? Now you can, with the Prepara Ice Cream Cold Keeper . A pint of ice cream fits perfectly into this neoprene container, which also has a built-in spoon holder.
Whether you're serving hamburgers and fries or lobster rolls and chips, these colorful serving baskets  add casual finesse to any gathering.
Purista Cocktail Mixers
When the mercury rises, mojitos — with cool, crushed mint, tart lime, and a one-two punch of rum — truly hit the spot. But they're not so convenient for picnics and outdoor concerts  — unless you want to carry around a bowl of sugar, a bunch of leaves, and a muddler. So in a pinch, we love Purista Cocktail Mixers  ($9.99), which are made from filtered water, organic sugar cane, and fresh fruit juices, and come in oh-so-summery flavors, like Caipirinha and Mojito Blackberry.