“August is like the Sunday of summer”
August 25, 2019
Hello, sweet friend…
My dear friend Geri…as we enjoy a visit to the Blackberry Festival in Coos Bay, Oregon
The following Post has been re-edited from August 2017
This past month as I took a walk outside, and the dry leaves rustled pleasantly beneath my feet…
I paused and reflected how quickly the time has gone. Has it really been t.h.r.e.e. summers living here on the Oregon coast? (a look of surprise) yes, dear readers it has🏡First summer
With that said and having lived through many warm summers in California summer coastal weather at times still feels quite unfamiliar. foreign
There are times that I have actually forgotten that it was even summer.
However one of the sure signs that summer has occurred and is coming into an ending… is the weeping willow tree in our backyard. the name is apropos
Her leaves begin falling mid~late August and into September.
a bittersweet reminder that another season of life has passed.
Now as I take my walks in the coming month I’ll imagine each brown and gold leaf as a moment past…
leaving the perfect moment to sow new seeds.
more seeds of memories…
about to begin.🍂
As the end of Summer approaches farmers markets and roadside stands are overflowing with natures bounty. Here’s a wonderful recipe for you to try perhaps for this Labor Day weekend…(another sure sign that summer is coming to an end)
SUMMER PASTA RECIPE
I enjoyed making this recipe because it was quick and easy. I especially loved the lemon herb vinaigrette.
12 ounces dry pasta
1 cucumber, diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
half of a medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Cook pasta al dente in a large stockpot of salted water according to package instructions. Drain pasta, then rinse under cold water for about 20-30 seconds until no longer hot. Transfer the pasta into a large mixing bowl.
Add cucumber, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and red onion to the mixing bowl, then drizzle all of the vinaigrette evenly on top. Toss until all ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing. Bon appetit
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly~squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried oregano, minced
1 teaspoon honey
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
And here’s a little beauty from my beautiful coast.🐠