Mmmm, summer. We finally have our first hot peppers ready to come off the vine! Husband clipped one yesterday for a simple pasta dish for lunch, along with some of our fresh herbs –
The hot pepper, thyme and basil are from our garden. The onion and garlic are from the farmers market. He just added the freshly chopped veg to a can of diced tomatoes, and added a generous splash of white wine, with a little salt and pepper to taste. Served over rotini with Italian sausage on the side, it was simple and delicious. Easy dishes packed with fresh flavor are the way to go in the height of summer. And he’s doing pretty well in the kitchen while I’m off my feet!
We got back from our suburban family wedding travel close to noon today, so we’ve had a little weekend left to spare. We set up my sewing table that the in-laws refinished (complete with patterned paper drawer inserts and new drawer pulls!) and installed some fabric blinds that my mother in law sewed to replace the crappy broken plastic ones in our bedroom (picture updates of those to come; I’m all camera’d out for today). Then we threw some Milwaukee Iron burgers on the grill and had those for lunch on the deck with potato salad and baked beans. So a low-key 4th of July thus far. We also scored a deal on charcoal on our way back to the city – Home Depot has a 2 for $9 special this week on Kingsford charcoal, so we got four bags since husband’s mom drove us back to the city. That’ll last us maybe a month, we’re hoping.
What I really wanted to share with you all though is the fact that our veggie plants are finally fruiting! Check out some of these tomatoes –
And both the sweet and hot peppers have started to develop as well –
And our swiss chard is putting out new growth after our first harvest. I’m looking forward to harvesting another batch at the end of this week.
Everything is looking really good. We’ve got to keep close watch now since that squirrel is still lurking about, but I’m ready to spring into action with impromptu cages if that’s what it takes.
As for the rest of our holiday weekend – we’ll probably do something low-key for dinner, like pasta salad or white bean and broccoli pasta since we did our big grilling for lunch today. I’m going to get a pie crust mixed up shortly to chill in the fridge and use the last little bit of the frozen berries in the freezer to make a pie for dessert – high time to make way for this year’s bounty. And later, just relaxing on the back deck with our books and good conversation likely. Maybe a card or board game too.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the 4th of July weekend like we have (and maybe snuck in a couple of projects too). Happy 4th!