Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Taste of Summer on the Porch


Rain was on the way, so I took advantage of a breezy, sunny moment to eat on the porch. It's soothing and quiet out there, a place to regroup and reflect. A Medrol Dosepak left me feeling like a land whale, so I'm trying to prepare meals that offer at least a few health benefits (I remove seeds from my portions). And since summer will be over in a flash, I want to take advantage of seasonal food.
Before we know it, we'll be cooking heartier fare--apple hand pies, butternut squash, brussel sprout casseroles. . . but now, it's time to savor the taste of summer.


A deep basket of sunlight warmed the porch, so I added cool blue linen and hydrangeas.


 I had the fixings for a basic salad, but I added thinly sliced zucchini (I used a carrot peeler) and fresh mozzarella. A balsamic vinaigrette was just right. 

A family member was waiting impatiently while I snapped a few pictures. "Are you almost finished?" he asked. Almost, I said.

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29 comments:

  1. Your words are beautiful, and your food is too! I'd love a taste of that salad. I'm enjoying my patio tomatoes for sure.
    Brenda

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  2. This looks so good and so pretty too. Love the crusty bread to go with the salad.

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    1. I'd dashed out to Publix for a few items, and the bread has just been taken from the bakery's oven. :-0

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  3. The salad looks so good along with the bread. How nice to sit there and have your lunch.

    Mary

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  4. That almost looks too pretty to eat! It looks delish, both the salad and bread. I love salad hands and how well they do their job! Glad you're on the mend to good health.

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    1. I like the "hands" better than tongs, myself.

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  5. A perfect setting for that delicious looking salad.

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  6. Beautiful photos, light and salad! Those hydrangeas take my breath away...mine are no longer blue and are burnished and dry. Men folk do get impatient while they're waiting on us for food don't they? :)

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    1. Actually, the blue hydrangeas came from the grocery. Mine are brown/pink (even the blue ones!).

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  7. My hubby is the same, hates waiting when I take pictures:) LOVE the hydrangeas and wish I had some of that salad. I wish I had some blue hydrangeas, I miss the 15 bushes I had at the other house. Mine are all pink now.

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    1. LOL Many times I don't take photos because of "starving" men.

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  8. so lovely.....your photography is always awesome!

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    1. Thank you! I was just given a bunch of tomatoes, and I am tempted to make a cake. I tried one last year, and it was really odd! LOL Maybe if I followed a recipe, I'd get good results! :-)

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  9. So pretty and summery! Your set up and pics of it make your lunch look very inviting!

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  10. Lovely setting and the salad looks so good!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  11. Love the coolness you created with the blue colors you put together. The salad look delicious! I'm in no hurry to rush into fall- I want to hang on to summer and enjoy each day.

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    1. August has been so mild--sunny but not too hot. This morning, it was downright cool, almost sweater weather. After July's heat, I am enjoying summer's last hurrah.

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  12. Micheal Lee, it seems that your turgor is being restored. I love seeing this bloom of energy and creativity. And you have loads of wonderful creativity. Jasper has been such a boon. Does your house feel more like home now?

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    1. It really does, Yolie. During my "dogless" period, I felt very off-kilter. I grew up in a family that loved dogs, so maybe it's what we know from an early age? I think I'm also feeling better because I'm not as anemic, too. I still give out, but I stop when I'm tired. And save the decorating for another day!

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  13. Your cooking and styling skills always inspire. Wish I could take a class from you.
    The blues are lovely.

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    1. And I would love to take a class from you, dear Bonnie. xxoo

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  14. Love your pictures and the salad looks so tasty. At 100+ temperatures, we will not be eating on the porch anytime soon.
    Nonie

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  15. Boy, that summer salad and table setting look so refreshing! I hang onto summer for as long as I can! Your pictures of Jasper are precious. I would have all the fur on that face smooched off!

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