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Jul 072015

Pasta For The Summer Heat

Pick-a-Nick Salad for sure!

Pick-a-Nick Salad for sure!

Well, I sure hope everyone had a great 4th of July as we did here! Kenny did two different kinds of beer can chickens on the grill along with fresh corn on the cob. I on the other hand, took care of corn bread, deviled eggs that I tried to make red white and blue and came out like Christmas eggs instead, you know red, green and white, and then this  pasta salad that we tried for the first time since we tasted it in our local Publix Supermarket and WOW!

Everyone had a great day!

Everyone had a great day! No…that’s not a fire in the fireplace…Gotcha ya!

Now I do have to say that their version came out a little better than mine, maybe due to my adding the asiago cheese in place of some of the mozzarella, however, everyone had seconds except for our granddaughter who is a little on the picky side, you know teens these days! Oh well, she’ll grow out of that someday just like I did…. What little was left, my daughter took home for a meal the next day so mom and dad wouldn’t have too many left overs in the frig, ha ha! I also used the tri-colored rotini in lieu of the plain pasta. So with that, I give you a super summer salad that really goes great on a hot summer day with just about anything………..


Pasta For The Summer Heat
  • 3 cups of cantaloupe cut in bite size chunks, honeydew if you prefer or a mixture of both
  • 1 ripe avocado, I used the green versus the Hass, chopped in bite size pieces
  • 8 oz of tri-colored rotini or regular
  • ⅓ cup lemon vinaigrette
  • ½ teas Kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1-1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Asiago cheese or omit Asiago and use all mozzarella
  • ⅓ cup fresh basil coarsely chopped
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and place in the frig to cool.
  2. Combine the melon, avocado, vinaigrette and salt in a bowl, stirring gently to mix.
  3. Stir pasta and cheese together into the melon mixture and sprinkle with the basil; chill well to meld the flavors.

Gotta get Husband working on a post to show you our new kitchen counters; therrrrrrrrrrrrre GREAT as Tony the Tiger used to say! Hope you enjoy……..

Dude....Where's the beer?

Dude….Where’s the beer?

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Jul 042015

July 4th 2015 Celebration



I’m back……………

Happy 4th to all our loyal followers! We are celebrating with some family members this afternoon and of course cooking on the grill!
Our kitchen counter-tops are finally finished and next week Husband will be doing up an article along with pictures. It came out so, so very beautiful that it looks like a professional job; I’m just so proud of him and the patience he had in doing it……


We’re going to do a couple of different things today and one of them is a pasta salad that I will be sharing with you next week also. Corn on the grill is a no-brainer and deviled eggs is always on the menu when it comes to a BBQ. Drunken Chicken with Mexican Rub will accompany the side dishes along with some Country Corn Bread! Watermelon is on ice and strawberry short cake awaits us in the frig!

Just picked this morning!

However some of our other favorites are homemade Cole Slaw, our homemade BBQ Sauce and homemade Sangria. bbqsaucejustaddsign

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday and with my kitchen finally done, I hope to be cooking up lots more dishes in the weeks to come………..Happy 4th everyone!

P.S. I’m not sure what’s going on today, but we lost power this morning and now it’s pouring down rain, what next???????

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