Monday, July 12, 2010

{Smile} Worthy Garden Delights, Movie Madness & Friends!

My Grown Up Card is back in my possession again!  It had been a very long time since I have had the opportunity to get away, overnight, without any responsibilities or worry.  It felt like I was taking a deep cleansing breath.  And now, I'm happily home with hugs for my Hubby & kidlets!

Would you like to hear a few highlights from the weekend??

Just before I was ready to leave, Hubby mentioned that there were two huge zucchinis that he was going to harvest & cook with dinner from  himself & the kidlets that night.

Since I wasn't going to be home for dinner, I wanted to take a pic of our first zucchini harvest. I grabbed an 8" pretty yellow plate from Sur La Table that I was sure would be the perfect piece to hold them for the photo.  My mouth dropped open when each kidlet came running up to the backdoor with a huge zucchini....both longer than 8"!  Oh well....the plate was pretty & it definitely demonstrates how big those zucchinis were. 

Hubby cubed them up & cooked them with our favorite gluten/casein/soy/nitrite/nitrate/msg/preservative/antibiotic free Polska Kielbasa and added them both to Tinkyada brown rice pasta spirals for a delish meal that he & both kidlets gobbled up!

Let's zip to off to my playdate, so to speak, shall we?

Jenn & I met up with three other women for dinner ( to me) & drinks (I had the Watermelon Itch).  After lots of chatting and laughter, we walked to the theater to see Eclipse and yes, I enjoyed it.  Though, I don't think it had the same effect on me as it did the group of teenage girls that were gushing, "Oh My God!!  That was the best movie EVER!!!"  {Insert chuckle here.}

Alice in Wonderland (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)After the movie, Jenn & I headed back to her place for what else?!  More chatter, of course! :>  And then, we took the concept of a movie night quite literally.  While talking, I mentioned that I still had not seen Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.  So, guess what Jenn pulls out?!  Yup!  We then proceeded to watch the Alice Blue-Ray on her 52" TV (my tv has TV envy, for sure!) was watching it in the theater, up close & personal.  All those vibrant saturated colors.....SWOON!!!

Speaking of colors, the next morning Jenn made a veggie pasta salad for a BBQ she was going to that evening and I loved the bright vibrant colors so much, I just had to take its picture!!  (I think I still had those great green zucchs on my mind!)  It had tri-color pasta, zucchini, crooked neck squash, mini bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and fresh spinach in it.  Doesn't that look delish?!

Whenever I am out driving, I am always amazed at how quickly I move from small town, to big city, to gorgeous country.  While I was driving out on Saturday, the tractors were out cutting this field of hay and on the way back the hay bales made me smile.

What has made You smile today?


  1. YUMMY! Those cuc's and the pasta salad both look totally delicious AND healthy!

  2. OH I love your garden goodies and the food dishes you described! So yummy!

    And your playdate? Devine! I also loved Alice in Wonderland. Awesome job. My favorite part? The ending! Yeah for Alice!

    Sorry about the grownup card back in possession. I can't seem to shake mine either!

  3. you FINALLY saw ALice in Wonderland! YaY! Love that movie, obviously! And Eclipse, I have to take my son to see it! I think I told you I just now saw New Moon. Awesome looking zucchini! That's one of the few veggies my kids both love! I don't think they'd look like that here in TX- they'd look more like a raisin! lol
    Take care girl! xoxo

  4. your photos are fabulous! love the one of the field of hay, and the dinner your hubby made sounds fantastic.

  5. Yeahoooooo! What a fun post! You blog header is looking FANTASTIC and SO professional! These pictures and the fun described herein! DELIGHTFUL observations and sharing and may I say, your garden is BOUNTIFUL, indeed! WAHOOOOOOO!

  6. Oh my gosh your Zucs are HUGE! I am so jealous of you for growing artichokes I don't know why I never even thought to grow them... same goes for bell peppers.

    Once I started noticing that my three tomatoes plants weren't doing so well I started planting some more... I now have a total of 9 plants... Ill be swimming in tomato sauce for a while!

    Love your blog... I'm your newest follower!

  7. Movie night? yay! Yummy pasta salads? YUM! Neat little hay bales all in a row? be still my symmetry lovin heart! What a wonderful festival of family, friendship and basking in the glow of living in the moment!

  8. oh... your time with your friends sounded so lovely! the pasta salad did look really yummy! enjoy your day!


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