It’s full on summer here . . .
The day begins to heat up when the sun peaks over our Eastern Mountains . . .
Doesn’t cool off until it sets behind the Western Horizon . . .
We spend a lot of time staying “Cool” by and in the “Pool”.
Part of my daily routine consists of setting up umbrella’s for shade . . .
Placing towels on each lounge chair . . .
(yes, I enjoy having them match. I normally purchase my beach towels at Home Goods, they have the best prices and great quality).
Then I take out plenty of oversize drinking glasses and a pitcher which I will fill with Ice-water and simply throw in some limes or cucumbers and mint from the garden. I find this is the most refreshing drink.
On the days when friends are joining us, I will place magazines around the tables for added entertainment.
And then whip up a fun pasta salad for all to enjoy.
This one is my favorite of the week:
1 cup cherry tomatoes cut into fourths
1 cup cucumbers seeded and chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives (or more if you prefer)
1/2 feta cheese
1/4 cup fresh mint
3/4 box elbow pasta (or whatever kind you have on hand)
olive or avocado oil
I just pour everything into a bowl and then mix just a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar and put it the fridge for about an hour to let all the flavors blend together, then right before serving I will add a bit more vinegar and some oil and if you prefer salt and pepper.