I guess it was our last official dinner party of the summer seeing as how Labor Day is rapidly approaching.
This summer has been good to me, and I am slightly nostalgic about bidding it goodbye. I will miss my afternoon retreats to my pool. The long sunny evenings. The crickets and cicadas singing their songs. Sundresses and flip flops.
I know September will still include most of those things, but somehow, after Labor Day, there is a shift inside me. Summer is over and all it's loosy goosey ways are gone with it. I am not going to lie. I am ready for fall. Ready for sweaters and boots and camping trips that involve more blankets and less sweat. I am ready to start thinking about all the autumn holidays and holy days. Ready to put on my thinking cap and burrow a little deeper into thought and reflection as they days get colder.
Last night our friends the Curreys came over to have dinner with us and chat about life, church, ministry, and what we are all watching on television. It seemed appropriate to wind up our summer this way, with friends who have been with us through every season of our life as a family.
Autumn is approaching and with it will come some changes, some we have gotten a slight glimpse of, and some we cannot even dream up, because that is autumns thing- bringing change. It is always good to know that in our seasons of change there are friends who will come over and eat spaghetti and drink wine and discuss the new TLC lineup on a Wednesday night, because ultimately they are more than friends, they are your family.
Can I get an amen?
And this is Ellie. She is gorgeous too. I was there when she was born. Like actually there. And now she is in 6th grade and she is almost as tall as me. Cheez and wiz time goes fast.
Don't those Curreys make pretty girls?
Maizy is not used to having so much competition of prettiest girl in the house so she had to get in on the picture action too. Silly.
Sweet Man made his famous West Wing Spaghetti and I whipped up a salad and some super easy bruschetta. And yes, this is how we convince people to stay our friends for decades. We bribe them with food.
End of Summer Bruschetta
Slice one skinny baguette into thin pieces and place on a cookie sheet, set aside
Dice 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, 1/2 of a medium red onion, and 1 package of fresh basil
Mix together in a small bowl.
Add 2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil and 1 tsp of sea salt to the veggies and herbs
Using a spoon, top each slice of bread with a bit of the mixture until you have used it all.
Drizzle any remaining liquid over the veggie-topped bread.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
After it has baked, remove from over and sprinkle each piece with crumbled feta.
Cover with foil and place back in oven on the bottom rack for 10-15 minutes (if you like your bread soft skip this last step.)
Place on platter to cool slightly and serve.