let freedom ring.*

 

* America ( My Country ‘Tis of Thee”   Samuel Francis Smith

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And, The Living Is Easy

June 30, 2019

Summer…time for backyard gatherings with family and friends, simple suppers of a quick grill and a side and lighter lunches. This simple pasta salad will have you covered all around with only four ingredients and the little time it takes to cook and cool a pound of pasta. This 4th might just be the perfect time to take this recipe for a spin.

Cook 1 lb. of bite sized pasta per package directions. When there are 2 minutes left to the cook time, add 1 1/2 cups frozen peas. When done, drain pasta and peas and cool, then mix in 1 cup Mayo and 2/3 cup grated Parmesan. Finish with a few good grinds of black pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Really, that’s it. Done.

The original recipe found here https://food52.com/recipes/58684-parmesan-pea-pasta-salad, called for any bite-sized pasta. I love Orchietti and the way it cups the peas and cheese so that’s what I use. This salad is also a great starting point should you want to add in additional items to make it a complete meal on its own, like roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and tuna.

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Don’t forget to…

May 27, 2019

stop at 3:00 this afternoon to honor our fallen military heros during the National Moment of Remembrance.

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In the beginning…

May 25, 2019

it started with a few random planks and a view. When he envisioned a piece of seating from which to enjoy a drink and take in the lake view at his cottage in Westport, New York, I’m not sure Thomas Lee knew what was about to happen. Over 100 years later his original Westport Adirondack Chair is still going strong. Countless variations over the decades have brought us back to Lee’s original design painstakingly recreated in recyced materials by Loll, making it even more modern. And, just in time for Summer it’s on sale and available in 9 colors…neutral, classic or bright. Who knew 328 recycled milk jugs could look so good?

 

Photos: https://lolldesigns.com

 

Into The Woods

May 20, 2019

To the beach…up North…or, to the shore. What does getting away this holiday weekend mean to you? To me, it’s simply enjoying a bit of peace and quiet. And, what could be more peaceful and quiet than this little black box of a retreat tucked neatly into the woods? Minimalist charred exterior, natural wood interior and every room with a view. Lovely.

Photos via: Remash tumblr by Leonardo Finotti

 

this Sunday, call your Mother.

 

 

 

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Reason to Celebrate

May 3, 2019

It’s May. And if that wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, this first weekend brings us both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Like we needed an excuse for a delightful Bourbon cocktail or quick plate of Mexican. So, what’ll it be? Maybe both.

Top to bottom:

A Derby Classic, the Mint Julep. http://gardenandgun.com/media/mint-julep

Brown Butter Bourbon Blondies  https://simplequietmodern.com/2016/05/01/brown-butter-bourbon-blondies/

Take your pick for lunch on a Sunday… Chilaquiles or Lentil Tacos. No bad choices here. https://simplequietmodern.com/?s=Chilaquiles https://simplequietmodern.com/2017/05/02/lentil-tacos/

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