Getting Ready

I can’t believe it’s that time again!  When we finally turned the calendar page for July 1st, it officially started to feel like Summer is really here.  With 4th of July right around the corner we’ve been getting ready…


Every year we deck our house out in bunting under our windows…..


…and raise the flag. (Excuse our mess on the table!)

We’ve been patriotic at the shop too with our canvas American Flags on reclaimed wood!


Aside from Christmas, I really think the 4th is my next favorite holiday.  Growing up we would always have a huge 4th of July backyard party.  There would usually be close to 100 people there.  We would have kids, grandparents, and everyone in between.  The celebration would be complete with gunny sack races, bubble gum blowing contests, and intense volley ball competitions!  This year we’re keeping things a little more low-key with a small bar-b-q on the deck, but still a ton of fun.  Our street always has a neighborhood parade, where everyone decks out their bikes in streamers and flags.

I’m off to the farmer’s market to pick up some ingredients for this pasta salad for tomorrow:

via Martha Stewart

How delicious does this look!

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto cut into strips
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup pitted Cerignola olives (or your favorite olives) sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

I’m thinking of swapping out the goat cheese for cubed mozzarella.  Even though I absolutely love goat cheese, I think there are fewer of us that do.

We’d love to hear how everyone else is celebrating! Please share!


One thought on “Getting Ready

  1. Melissa,

    How did I not know about your new blog? It’s fabulous! I’m enjoying reading all the posts.

    xo annie

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