Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A little break

We interrupt the regularly scheduled vacation photos from Maine to bring you something yummy. The tomatoes in our garden are coming on strong and I felt the urge to highlight them here. Every couple of days, I take a big basket of them to school to share with my co-workers.

They seem to love them.

My husband cooked on the grill tonight and I hung out in the kiddie pool for an hour after work. I will tell you that the scent coming from that grill was getting me all worked up. My husband served roasted chicken, and potatoes and vegetables in a zesty sauce. My contribution was a caprese salad.  Someday I’m going to do a balsamic reduction to pour over it.

But not today.



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It was divine. In fact, the entire meal was delicious.



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I just felt compelled to tell you that.

It’s probably due to the fact that for the past several nights we’ve had tomato sandwiches for dinner. Don’t get me wrong – I love tomato sandwiches and consider them one of the best things about summer.

But dinner on the grill . . . swoon.


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I’m still processing photos of Maine, and couldn’t let a day go by without posting at least one.



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I took this while walking along the carriage road at Eagle Lake. If you’ve never heard about the carriage roads of Acadia National Park, feel free to check them out here:


A Brief History of the Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park


They’re absolutely unique. Some day I’m going to take a carriage ride from the stable there. I say it every year but never have anyone to go with. Maybe next year.


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Watching the news tonight, my heart broke for the families who are suffering in the famine in the Horn of Africa, especially the little children that are dying from malnutrition. Thank God for all of the agencies that are offering aid, and for Doctors Without Borders. If you would like to help, please visit the link below for a list of charitable organizations. A donation of as little as $10 goes a long way.


Famine in the Horn of Africa: How to help


And on that note, I bid you farewell. Until next time then, my friends . . .

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31 comments:

Chrissykat said...

You may be swooning over the grill food but being a vegetarian, I'm swooning over your caprese salad! And I love balsamic which would just be de-lish on those scrumptious tomatoes!!!

Okay...more pix of Maine please!!!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a delicious dinner, I'd swoon too if my husband cooked like your's, in fact, I'd faint! LOL!!!

missing moments said...

My mouth is drooling over that caprese salad!!!

Do you lease out your husband???? :)

Candace said...

I'm a vegetarian, too, and love caprese salad. Yum! And your lovely postcard from Acadia National Park is glorious. I've seen so many pretty pics from there; I'd love to go someday. And, yes, Africa, it's so unreal, so sad

Snappy Di said...

Now if I were a lover or tomatoes I would love those tomatoes too!

Hilary said...

The tomatoes look awesome.
I didn't even know about the carriage roads.......where do you access them?

Cloudia said...

Great balance between Summer escape, and caring for the world!


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Karen said...

oooh, I'm swooning over that photo!. I make the same salad here, love love love it.

And, may I take that carriage ride with you next year? Actually I bet you'll have MANY offers here....

spindrift,me said...

I'm coming right over for some of that Caprese salad. The tomatoes here in Maine are still green, but I can smell and taste that dish all the way from here. Just simmer down some good balsamic til it is a little syrupy. IF it's possible to improve on what you already have there....

simpledaisy said...

That salad looks amazing!!!! So delicious:)

Andi said...

welcome home! Love the black eyed susant picture! Every time I think I have a favorite of yours, you post another one!

Lili said...

Oh my goodness I too served Andrew's tomatoes with cheese and basil drizzled with olive oil, but your caprese salad just blows me away! And I'm thinking you should do marketing for Acadia because your postcard is just the most delightful image I've seen of there in a long time! xo ~Lili

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

OMG. Between the food and the pictures, I can't see straight.

Magnificent!

Oliag said...

I am not quite sure which is more delicious looking...your Caprese salad or your Maine photos!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

..Sign me up for the carriage ride!
Those photos are making me so hungry!! I had watermelon for dinner tonight--nothing else and I'm starving. Guess I'll just head off to bed to ward off the hunger pains!

Bluebird49 said...

What a guy, huh!A COOK--what more could we want?! I ask you!;)

I hope you enjoyed the Caprese salad--that would have been the tops in my book--grilled chicken and veggies are wonderful-but oh! that Caprese SALAD--OH MY.

And lolling around in the pool while your "poor" husband LABORS over the torridly, hot grill. What an awesome woman you are, Kate! I truly wanna be like you when I finally grow up.:) I'll go on the carriage ride with you.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Just looking at those yummy tomatoes makes one realise how lucky we are to be able to choose exactly what we wish to eat for every meal - unlike those in the Horn of Africa who are dependent upon whatever meagre supply is available.

Gail said...

May the tomatoes continue until you tire of them!

Richard said...

Looks great and even a little healthy as well. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa

Daryl said...

You need to come here and bring some of those tomatoes and I'll get some mozzarella cheese and fresh basil and we'll pig out .. a nice Malbec to wash it down .. yummmmmm

The Retired One said...

thanks so much for stopping by my blo and your nice comments..I am so glad you did, because now I stopped by yours and joined on as a Follower! Us photographers need to stick together for inspiration.LOL

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

we sure think alike...i picked tomatoes last night and made a caprese salad too...so summer....

sending love,
kary and teddy
xx

The Japanese Redneck said...

I luv a man that knows his way around a grill.

Your salad looks delish!

Kerri said...

Just caught up on your Maine posts Kate .... looks like such a beautiful place.
I'm not one for tomatoes but dinner on the grill .... mmmmmm yummy!

Donalyn said...

We'll not be seeing any tomatoes here for a while yet - our cold wet spring, followed a blistering hot drought has confused the crap out of our garden, though we do finally have some green tomatoes. But I'm real glad to take a look at yours - yummy and beautiful!

Ellinor Forje said...

You had me at the mozzarella. Lovely. Thanks for sharing the photos and feel free to drop by me too, soon.

BUSH BABE said...

Gosh what a rollercoaster Kate. I went from YUM to SIGH to OH NO in the space of a minute!!

Loving your holiday snaps too.
:-)
BB

Lisa RedWillow said...

Kate this looks to die for .
Wow. I have to make this.
Love your photos of your vacation.
Beautiful

Jeanne Walker said...

News update....

Admission: I have never had 'caprese salad'...probably the last person on earth that has not!
Today I met friends at an Italian pizzaria. And I ordered a caprese salad which was listed as an appetizer. My overall comment is that I was disappointed. The tomatoes were that cardboard variety that comes from Mexico, the mozzarella was not very tasty, and there was not basil or balsamic reduction! All I could think about...dream about...was the photo of your caprese salad you posted this day! It has been so hot down here in southeast Texas that the tomatoes did not produce good ones this year! So I will continue to dream and hopefully enjoy a really good caprese salad one of these days!

Jill of All Trades said...

I'm so jealous of your tomatoes. It has been such a drought here that fresh tomatoes are limited. Maybe fall when we get a bit more rain. Love, love, love the pictures of Maine and makes me so excited for our trip in October.

Mary said...

Oh good heavens, my mouth is watering! My husband is about to go grill some chicken and some zucchini from the farm around the corner... And I have to make a cucumber salad and some corn on the cob... :)
xoxo