School is winding down and summer break is upon us. Kinda nice to have a loose schedule to look forward to. Here is what has been making me smile as of late...
~My youngest getting the hang of the creek~
~The front garden is a work in progress but it is coming along a little further this year~
~An awesome scene at the arboretum~
~Found this bench to be perfectly magical tucked into a woodland garden on a stroll with the beans~
~My bean boy independent and free searching for tadpoles~
~My oldest touching the tadpoles~
~The children's garden where we spend many good days~
~Our go to dish that looks pretty with basil from the garden~
Sun Dried Tomato Pasta
A recipe adapted from the Barefoot Contessa...
Simply prepare the dressing and pour over warm pasta. I add chunks of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes from the garden, basil, and you can even cube chicken and add it if you like.
The dressing (which I always double)
~5 sun dried tomatoes in oil drained
~2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
~6 tablespoons good olive oil
~1 garlic clove, diced
~2 teaspoons kosher salt
~3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
blend it in a food processor and pour over warm pasta
sprinkle with parmesan cheese before you dig in if you want to tone down the flavor
~Peonies are opening~
~A new tablecloth for spring~
~Along the dry creek bed is my new favorite woodland plant...Bowman's Root (part shade) paired with Lamium, Autumn Joy sedum, and geranium~
~A new throw for summer~
Here is to the little things that make us smile!
Happy making, baking, and growing!