Yesterday morning my daughter called and asked if I’d like to join her and the girls for a day at the pool. She didn’t have to ask me twice. I had my bathing suit on and my beach bag packed in a flash. Because I still had an hour before we left, I decided to make a salad for dinner that I could just pop in the fridge and take out when I got home. It was a glorious day
For the first hour or so, we had the entire pool to ourselves. As the day progressed, other happy swimmers showed up but we still had plenty of room to float around on our noodles and wile away the hours, getting out only to have lunch.
My girls had a great time.
A little after 4 we called it a day and headed home. By the time I got home and showered, I was very glad I prepared dinner this morning. Farfalle, shrimp and veggies with a lemon vinaigrette – Yum!
It all goes in a big bowl and then I add the shrimp.
I finish it off with some grated cheese, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and fresh basil.
A simple dressing of olive oil, vinegar (I used balsamic) sweetener (agave nectar, sugar or honey,) and the juice of half to one whole lemon is all you need to finish this off.
This was a perfect summer dinner – light and delicious. And a wonderful day spent out in the sun with my daughter and granddaughters. It feels like such a blessing to be able to spend so much time outdoors after the long, harsh winter we had. Sipping coffee out in our little courtyard in the mornings, or out on the deck in early evening with a good book. Taking walks through my beautiful neighborhood, exploring tiny rural towns I’ve never been to before. Stopping in at all the local farmer’s markets, preparing simple meals – it’s just slow and easy – just the way I like it.
I hope you’re finding lots of things to enjoy this summer too. Wishing you a beautiful week ahead.