Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Summer Scenes & Recipe trial & Opinion
A lot of rain and heat here in NJ... but hey it is Summer right? We went to upstate Ny to visit with the family . It is usually an escape from the heat but not this trip. We did however have my Mother in law's gorgeous pond to cool off by. We visited with my husbands brother and his family who is moving to the west coast. It was a great weekend ...i forgot my camera ! The wild flowers on our mountain were beautiful. We also spent the the 3rd of July on our friends vineyard to watch fireworks. Yeah i forgot my camera then too.
I do have photos though of my new summer love ...My heirloom dahlias. Isn't she a beauty! Along with some other shots of my Heliotrope, Hydrangea and some other friendly flowers.
I tried that one pot pasta recipe that you have been seeing all over Pintrest. My opinion is as follows... It is very quick and easy. However, I did saute my onions and tomatoes first in very high quality olive oil for a few minutes and added a touch of tomato paste. I would recommend to use a longer cooking pasta so it doesn't get to mushy. I used thin spaghetti which cooks in like 5 minutes. Be sure to salt and pepper the water too. Definitely worth making for a super quick meal. Add a bit of fresh Parmigiana Reggiano before serving. You can really experiment with this recipe with additions too.
We were trying to catch fire flies this evening... one of my favorite summertime pastimes, as well as being able to go outside in your jammies too! My boy loves his muck boots!
What is your favorite summertime pastime or "thing"?
P.S. Have you seen all the Christmas in July themes going around in Blogland?? Check back Friday I'm going to have a Christmas in July giveaway.