Pure Summer: Watermelon, Tomato, Feta Salad

I love when things just come together perfectly. Like mac and cheese or milk and cookies. Well this is a simple summer recipe that does just that.

I get giddy when my magazines arrive in the mail. I don’t get many so when they come it really makes my day. I go through them end to end and then I go through again with tiny post it’s. In my most recent arrival from Bon Appetit I flagged a Watermelon-Tomato Salad with Crumbled Feta Cheese and Green Onion-Lemon Dressing.¬†It was simple and I new it would make for a great side dish to compliment the hot and humid days we have been having up here. And last week, when my friends Natalie and Jason came over for grilled quesadilas I knew I had to make this salad. Glad they agreed to the idea. ūüôā

 

I used the recipe in the magazine as the structure to the salad but I did my usual modifications to make it ‘my own’. Horatiki is one of my favorite things, ever. So I had to make spin this recipe to it would a touch like horatiki. I added some red onion and diced seedlss cucumbers to amp of the flavor, while going along with the texture of the salad. One of the biggest things about Feta is that I really think you should only buy blocks of it. Crumbled feta seems to be too crumbled for my taste. Plus I really think that feta that has been stored in a brine is much more flavorful. So, getting to the point, go out get some fresh ingredients and enjoy!

Watermelon, Tomato and Feta Salad

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 4 ounce block of feta
  • 1 pound of watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound of tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes or halve grape tomatoes
  • 1 seedless cucumber, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Sliced red onion, amount desired

Salad Dressing

  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Process

  1. Combine all prepared fruits and vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Prepare dressing, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Combine dressing with the fruit and vegetables, toss gently.
  4. Crumble the feta over salad.

Inspired by Bon Appetit

*All photo credits go to my friendJason*

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Happy Layout

I wish I could tell you I have been in a scrapbooking rut. Why else would I not be posting any layouts? I have not been in a scrapbooking rut. I just have not been following through and posting them after I am done.¬†I’m still making messes, finding strips of paper in the sofa, and unearthing ‘old’ photos and papers to rediscover. I’m having a blast.

My mom took this picture of our dog Piper this past May. Piper is 13 years old now so we let her get away with everything. She is slowing down but she surprises us when she takes off like a bullet after Cobi. She does whatever she wants, which usually means ignoring me and paying attention to Price. She is just about always happy, except when she gets shots from the vet. She greets you at the dog and practcally climbs up your leg to be held. If you stop rubbing her she will nudge you to start again. Pipes knows when you need some cuddling and some extra love.

 

Our Blueberry Harvest

Last night I finally picked everything our blueberry bush had to offer….10 delicious blueberries.

Well worth the time (3 years) it has taken to grow and fruit. They were plump and soooo delicious!!!

Now I’m really excited about next year!!!

Camping by Numbers

1 weekend camping on Lovell Island

23 total campers

our group of 4 had a TON of to lug on/off a ferry

2 coolers of food

25 pounds of ice

5 gallons of jungle juice

15 minutes until price lost his contacts in the water

2 boys looking for us. Price and Jason walked all around the island looking for us. We were just on the other beach.

2 bathing suits

4 gallons of water- 1 gallon per person per day

1,000. Number of times Natalie yelled at me to get in the water.

0. Number of times I went in the water.

2 Frisbees

1 brand new flip cam

74 photos

1 hookah. Yes, our friend Essa brought that, along with its peach tobacco, tin foil, and charcoal. We thank him for it.

spf 12 for my body (oops forgot my back!)

spf 45 for my face

75 pumps of hand sanitizer

1 avocado. yes it is necessary to bring 1 camping

0 paper towels

1 bottle of rum to go with Dr Pepper and Coke

1 headband. Price’s hair is so long that it is always in his face. Natalie was kind enough to gift her headband to him.

8? refills of sangria and wine in brightly colored cups.

12 seconds between fog horn bellows. Price counted, I slept.

3 hour nap once we got home

PS- totally stole this #’s thing from Emily Frame’s blog- Ruffling Feathers

Last Night…

I’m really starting to love Thursday nights. I pretty much always had class on Thursday nights so I never got to go out. My only experience with the typical Thursday night bar hopping/drunk were my T rides back from school. Those rides home were horrible. The absolutely last thing I wanted to deal with were drunk, loud, rude students after I had just spent the day working and going to 3-6 hours of class. But now that I am done with school I am starting to enjoy my Thursday’s. A couple of weeks ago I went to an after show party for Semi Precious Weapons and last night I went out to see Wakey!Wakey! IObne of the positive things that the BAC taught me is how to function without sleep, which is why I can I can handle staying out late (such as 3am for SPW) and make it into work on time and function!

So last night I went to Great Scott, a local bar, to see Wakey!Wakey! Here is where I admit to still watching shows on The CW. I know I’m too old for it but I can’t help it. As much as I think One Tree Hill has taken a horrible turn this last season I still watch. All of this watching made me notice this bartender on there who’s role began to increase to include some singing. I finally noticed that ‘Grubbs’ really is Miachel Grubbs- a real life¬†musician¬†(much like¬†Kate Voegele who plays Mia Catalano) who’s the lead singer and piano player for Wakey!Wakey!

Brian Bonz, another Brooklyn artist, opened the night. He was really funny explaining that they got a speeding ticket on the way up from NY. ‘”It’s not Rock ‘n’ Roll, until you get pulled over for speeding”. Very True. I enjoyed his set because it was new to me. (top 2 photos)

Wakey!Wakey! put on a great show. I really loved it. Their album is great but hearing it in person takes it to another level. It made me love their songs even more. New favorite is ‘Twenty Two’ because of all the fantastic whistling. Best whistling ever! ūüôā So Boston/Allston/Mass thanks Wakey!Wakey! for putting on such a great show.