Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Things...

Here are a few of the things that I love most about summer:

1. Sunflowers. Aren't they gorgeous? Every week I buy a bunch at the grocery store, and put them in a tall narrow vase in my kitchen. I feel good every time I look at them.

2. Cicadas. They've finally started singing in the trees at night, and I love stepping outside and hearing them.

3. Thunbergia, or Black Eyed Susan vine. I telecommuted today, and having cut 3 hours of driving out of my day, after work I took a quick trip to a nursery that's close to my house to look at plants. I was over the moon to find one of these vines with orange flowers, wilting a bit in the heat (it was just under a hundred degrees today). I bought the plant, brought it home, and drenched it before taking this pic. Isn't it beautiful? This weekend I'll pick up a trellis and plant it in a sunny spot.

4. Ice tea. I make it with mint and my house is fragrant with the scent of it right now. Mike called last week from Arizona for the recipe, so I know it's good.

5. Pasta salads. In 1985 there was a restaurant in Dallas called Massimo's, and they had wonderful pasta salads, including one made with penne pasta, fresh basil, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and mozzarella called Pasta Pugliese. Massimo's eventually closed, but somewhere along the way, the recipe for the ever popular Pasta Pugliese was published in the paper. Tonight I made it for dinner.


cw2smom said...

Love those things as well! My "bucket list" includes photographing a field of sunflowers! I just have to find one! Mmmmmm...pasta salad is a definite summertime treat and potatoe salad too! My mouth's watering right now! Blessings, Lisa

Chris said...

I love the song of cicadas. That does mean summer!

You'll like this pasta salad too, I think. We've made it several times and love it. Of course we add feta.

brooke said...

mike has been making the mint iced tea everyday! we have been gulping it down... so delicious. and such a treat to have home-brewed iced tea on a hot summer afternoon.

emmapeelDallas said...


Thanks, Brooke! I'll make lots of it when the two of you come to visit in August! And I'm really hoping we can go tubing on the Guadalupe...I think you'll love that. I can't wait to see you guys!