Hey friends! Wow, it’s been a whirl-wind of a day! We have all of our prospective grad students in town so there are a LOT of functions – from lunches to meetings to dinner events and grad student happy hours – the schedule has been PACKED!
Today I came home to a bit of a flower failure. I forgot to water the flowers for 2 days and they went from looking like THIS
So, admittedly, placed side-by-side it doesn’t look like a huge difference, and I will say that the white flowers are going strong, but all the blue flowers in both baskets have completely shriveled, and the red flowers (which are difficult to see in the top photos, but I promise they were looking good when first planted) are at deaths’ door-step.
I gave them a healthy amount of water and I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll revive over night.
Tonight there was a pot-luck dinner event for the new prospective students. My initial intention was to make something I already had on hand, (although I ended up having to buy basically all the ingredients ). I came across some tortellini, and while debating what to do with it (hot or cold, what sauce, etc.) I think I had a stroke of genius – tortellini…tossed in a Caprese Salad!!!
I ran to Trader Joe’s and picked up the essentials: basil, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella balls.
While gone, Chris cooked the cheese tortellini for me and let it drain & cool. When I got back, all I had to do was chop the tomatoes and I cut the basil up julienne style (thin strips) and tossed everything together with some fresh cracked black pepper, dash of sea salt, and enough olive oil to get it all coated. Then I added just a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Look at this sucker up close:
I am telling you – there were about 4 pasta salads at the event (last year it was all pizza – this year all pasta! We need to coordinate better!), but EVERYONE kept telling me that MINE was the best! Nothing beats fresh mozzarella – I think that’s where I won out!
Plus, it was so quick and easy!
Now I’ve got to run – I need to do a quick Ab Ripper P90X video (this one is just 15 minutes, but it’s a good one!) before jumping in the shower and getting in some “me” time (maybe in the form of some trashy TV show???)
Have you ever shown up to a Pot Luck and everyone has brought the same dish?
Do you have any one special dish that is “your” thing that you always make for get-togethers or other events?