Well just like July has come so fast, so has the end of the weekend. It was a busy one but a good one. I spent about 4 hours in the garden yesterday trying to remove all of the weeds from my beds. Does it ever end? We ended yesterday with a movie - Knight and Day - it was a good one.
Today, July 4th, is also my friend Tracy's daughter - Emma's - birthday eve. We had them over for dinner and had a great visit. I made a macaroni and cheese recipe that Tracy found on The Pioneer Woman's website. It was delicious. I made it a bit different, not a lot different. I will definitely make this again - and will share shortly.
I also made a fresh tomato and feta salad. And a batch of coconut ice cream for dessert.
Tomato Feta Salad with Basil
3 tomatoes thinly sliced
Feta cheese - thinly sliced
Basil - 8-10 leaves
Kosher salt and pepper
Thinly slice the tomatoes and arrange them into 3 rows on plate that you will use to serve on. Place a thin piece of feta between each tomato.
Chiffonade the basil - by layering the basil leaves and roll them up lengthwise and then thinly chop into thin strips.
Please don't look at the hand in this picture - my 80 year old neighbour* would be very embarrassed to know her hand looked so hideous. *Or me.
Season the tomatoes with kosher salt and pepper and then top the basil on top of tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and then the balsamic oil.
This is a great salad to have with a meal or an appetizer.
Alright - time to rest up for a big day tomorrow. We have put together an 'Amazing Race' for my department at work. It's been a lot of organizing - but I know that it is going to be a great time. I am just hoping that everything runs smoothly.