It's JUNE! May flew by, here in the Hippie household. Today it is raining buckets, and is a bit chilly. And it feels less like June than May did. But, that will change. It always does.
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Did I mention last week, when I gave the recipe for a perfect BLT, that bacon, lettuce, cheese and tomato is an unbeatable combo? It is. Here is a pasta recipe that melds these ingredients to a delicious affect.
1 pound pasta (any pasta-I prefer cavatapi or penne though)
12 slices of bacon
1 bag baby spinach
1 pint of grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces mozzarella cheese-cubed
Cook noodles according to package directions. Run under cold water to cool.
Cut bacon into 1/2" pieces then fry in a large skillet-reserving all the drippings. Drain on paper towel.
Return skillet to medium heat, add one tablespoon of reserved drippings, add spinach and stir until it wilts, 30-60 seconds. Place in a large bowl, with pasta. Return skillet to medium heat with half a tablespoon of the drippings. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer to pasta, add bacon and toss all together. Add cheese, salt and pepper. Add more of the dripping to moisten. Refrigerate until chilled.
1 pound pasta, cooked according to package directions, drained and rinsed under cold water to cool
1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup Kalmata olives, halved
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 a red onion, chopped
Mix all in a large bowl. Top with 1/2 cup of your favorite greek dressing OR
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. chicken broth
1 T lemon juice
1 t. dried basil*
1 t. dried oregano*
1 t. dried parsley*
1 t. salt
*can use fresh herbs-use 1 T of each, chopped fine.
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What is on my heart as I go in to this first weekend of June? I am thinking once again about how fast time flies. God has given me four beautiful children, and they are growing up before my eyes. This time with them is so short. A blink and it's gone. I don't want to arrive at the empty nest stage and wish I'd spent more time with them. I have been spending my evenings down on the floor playing with Meres. LC and I made a new batch of sugar scrub yesterday. We are going to try it out this weekend. Fresh pedis and soft feet for the new month. Freckles told me all kinds of new facts about the Vikings as I was making cookies. (there are not many women Viking soldiers-they are just civilians.) It is easy to just tune them out, but if I want them to keep talking to me later, I have to keep listening to them now. It is all important to them. They want to share what they are discovering day by day, just like I do. BMV is getting taller. I'd guarantee he has grown again this past month. He is tall and skinny and smells like a man. We instituted daily showers for him, and bought both boys their own deodorant. They think that is awesome!
I am reminded that I need to seize this day. The moment I am in, is the only moment I am guaranteed. I am taking time today to spend time and make memories with my kids. How about you?
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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. ~John Lubbock