Lets just say this is a staple in my kitchen.....uses the best of summers fresh ingredients!
The tomatoes marinating to add to pasta later
Fish going in the oven
I bake it with lots of fresh dill and lemon slices
No summer gathering is complete without a fresh fruit tray!
And you know my peach sangria has been busy mixing all the yummy flavors (to those of you like me who are judging the pitcher, no worries I did not serve with this, its just a really oversized one so I pour directly into the glasses and serve on tray)!
The tomato tart getting ready for the oven
Sliced veges ready to get filled into little individual crudite cups
Fish is done!
These are cute and make it very easy to eat
Got my new orchids in my big oversized bowl....normally they last about 4 months or so, so they really are a very cost effective investment when compared with fresh cut flowers
Doing a "taste test" of the peach sangria
actually did about three
Poured the sangria into the glasses, and add a few chunks of fruit to each glass
Crostinis in the works.....went with three variations
Love serving it on the oversized bread board (available in my online store under European Kitchen, comes in 3 sizes)
I love this picture.....hope it doesn't sound like I am bragging but this looks really "food-y magazine-y"....don't you think? I love the colors and texture together.......
A close up, did portobello mushrooms and parmesean flakes, then prosciutto with parm flakes and a caprese version, tomato, mozzarella and basil drizzled with olive oil
The pastas getting mixed and the tomato tarts are done!
These were really good and very light...thanks Yvonne!
There they are again, there was not a single one left!
The fish, best part is that this can be served room temp and tastes wonderful
This summer pasta is so flavorful and light and is served at room temp
All set and about to serve.......
And the yummy carrot cake........
And my sweet friend gave out party favors, oversized wonderful bags of the most yummy smelling potpourri. I couldn't decide which was a better favor, this or the fact that there's a nice big slice of leftover carrot cake
chilling in the fridge for a midnight snack...come to mama!
For this weeks which would you choose in which I had you choose your favorite summer outfit to wear to a backyard party, there were several that were very close but a strong first place winner...here's the results! Might I say you have excellent taste:)
1st place with 29 votes
2nd place with 26 votes
3rd place with 25 votes
And tied for 4th with 13 votes each
Several of the others were very close behind....there were no losers in this bunch:)
A friend and I were on a decorating committee for a fundraiser and bought these cherry blossoms for about 30 tables, so i have a lifetime supply!! We split them and I decided to fill the vases at least for now...better than sitting in a box in the basement collecting dust!
Added these beautiful prints to guest bedroom and not sure if I showed you this bench or not....isn't it sweet? Disregard pillows...they are literally 27 years old, I got them made for our NYC apt. when we got married!! Somehow they just have been hanging around..........
Some random pictures are thrown in here too.........
I just like this picture, took it last week with my iPhone when I stopped at a local farm....isnt' this so nostalgic in a great "wish I lived in the old days" kinda way? Or is it just me?
And how beautiful is this....a local nursery really does it up every season, they have a pair of these (and they are about 10 feet tall I kid you not) flanking their driveway....
Close up...disregard fabrics.....it will be changed when i get my butt in gear and start attacking some rooms!