... but I am still holding on to summer! And it appears the weather is too with a whole week of heat and humidity into the 90's F. No complaints here despite what my body may be saying:)
Another photo from our beach vaycay. Strawberry margharitas! Of course I snagged the umbrellas and napkins:):)
We've been enjoying the prolific fruits of the garden at home and I have a French recipe to share to use those tomatoes and zucchinis:
Tian Provençal (recipe at end of post)
Speaking of garden, I have a visitor who made a grand home at the corner of our house and fence out back:
It is a common Garden Orb Weaver spider. Sorry for the bad pics-neither my camera nor the photographer are up to getting great shots. It was the huge and magnificent web that caught my attention first. It spans about 3 ft. high by 2 ft. wide and oh how I wish I could have captured the intricacy of it! The spider itself is just over the size of a quarter. I love watching for it each day-it somehow feels sacred because my first thought of the marking on it was of a cross. It's not deadly so no worries.
OK, I know not everyone appreciates spiders so how about some art?
My journal page began with a watercolor wash. See my previous post for the links to a fun and easy tutorial from Dianne! There will be a few more of these type of pages to share soon.
Remember the umbrellas from our beach drinks? This page also was a perfect thank you card for our friends:
I resized and printed the page, attaching it to a white card with foam tape and stamped coordinating envelopes.
Linking to T Stands For Tuesday at Altered Book Lover. Will be around to visit in between rheumatologist appts. for myself and my Mom this morning and then I am helping her pack for her month long trip to France (she leaves on Thursday) to spend time with family (yes, I wish I was going too).
Hope you are staying cool, or staying warm, whatever the case may be! I am leaving you with a special quote. Dr. Wayne Dyer, self help author, motivational speaker and spiritual leader died Aug. 29th at the age of 75. He was a very wise and kind man and will be missed by many. He has helped me and then hubby in SO many ways. I am ever so grateful for the gifts he has given.
" I believe if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
Dr. Wayne Dyer
1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1 onion, sliced 1 garlic clove, chopped
1 lb. tomatoes 1 lb. zucchini 2 tsp. dried herbes de Provence salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 F. Heat oil in heavy saucepan over low heat and cook onion and garlic for about 20 min. til soft and golden. Spread over the base of a shallow baking dish (about 12"). Cut tomatoes crosswise into 1/4 " thick slices. Cut zucchini into slices. Arrange tomatoes along sides and add zucchini in center over the onion mixture. Sprinkle with herbes, salt, pepper and cheese. Drizzle with olive oil then bake for 30 min or more until vegetables are tender. Serve hot or room temp. Serves 4.
Tips: This is most flavorful when tomatoes are at the height of their season. Mix some of this into eggs and sauté in an omelette type pan on stovetop for a nice , light frittata. Bon appetit!