a week off

Husband's in Europe enjoying 70 degree weather and the girls and I are home surviving the heat wave.  Not a whole lot of big time cooking going on.  I did make a great salad with rotisserie chicken, grilled corn,  diced avocado, romaine, shredded cheese, black beans and a honey-lime vinaigrette.

It's Friday and the week off is drawing to a close with my husband coming home this evening.  I'm going to try another version of the chicken skewers marinating the chicken in yogurt, basil, garlic and thyme.  I bought some beautiful tomatoes and I'll serve them with my basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar along with the burrata cheese I was lucky to find on sale today at Whole Foods for $9.99 ($3 savings).  Kelly brought me some pretty Red Haven peaches from Michigan and I have some California peaches from Costco needing to be used in something wonderful.  I'll make a pitcher of my mother-in-laws recipe for "bloomer droppers" for something refreshing.
bloomer droppers in the blender

I delivered my in-laws to the airport yesterday so they could fly to Amsterdam to board a cruise to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with 10 other couples (two of which are also marking 50 years of wedded bliss).  I'm happy they are able and willing to go even though Greg's parents are not old (they married at 19 and 21 and had Greg 9 1/2 months later).

Greg and I celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary this week and of course he'll be traveling.  At least he'll be in the country this week.  I'm beginning to feel left out with him in Europe this week, his parents there the next two weeks and my best friend Susan on her way to a Black Sea cruise tomorrow.  I've lived in Japan and visited Bermuda (lovely honeymoon thanks to the lovely in-laws), Canada, Mexico, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Kitts, Nevis, Brazil and Argentina.  But still, never been to Europe.  I'm sure I'll get there, however!

Last year we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with a family trip to the stunning and breathtaking Canadian Rockies.  Alpine hikes above the glaciers in grizzly country and white-water rafting in glacial rivers is an awesome way to celebrate.  If you are approaching this milestone let me give you fair warning that you will get "silver anniversary" cards from the relatives which will make you feel old unnecessarily.

alpine hike at Sunshine Meadows, Banff, Canada 08/09  ahhhhh.....

It is actual quite gorgeous now, so if I can't take a vacation I'm at least going to the pool.  Sara is guarding and I'm in the middle of a great book, "Cutting for Stone".  Here are some quick recipes.

Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

1/4 C honey
juice of 3 medium limes
1 T cumin
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/3 C olive oil

Combine all ingredients and whisk or shake to blend.  Makes enough for a salad for 8-12 people.

Bloomer Droppers

3 peaches, pitted and chopped (you can keep the fuzzy skin on)
6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate
6 oz. vodka

Blend all ingredients in a nice strong blender and serve a nice not too strong beverage to your friends.



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