Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer Scenes & Recipe trial & Opinion

What our summer is looking like...

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"?

Happy Summer,

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.


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE your photo's! They are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the tips on the pasta. I've been wanting to try that. I'll be back Friday! :)

  2. Hi Donna, your flowers are beautiful and that pasta dish . . . well, I'm drooling on my keyboard. What time is dinner served?
    In regard to the comment you left on my blog:
    it is just to hard to limit creativity to one avenue . . . my imagination travels down any roads, LOL. It's great to know that you also have an embroidery machine. I know that there are many out there that are more sophisticated than mine, but they must have many similarities, too. I don't know anything about the software, but what I would like to try is downloading designs from the web. I haven't tried doing that yet.
    Good luck on the Give-A-Way!
    Connie :)