The simple pleasures of home shine brighter
when the spirit of God intertwines our hearts
with His gentle Joy.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What's On The Menu? 3

Sunday evening menus On Crooked Creek are usually leftovers from a hefty Sunday afternoon lunch. But that's not the case tonight!!! While shopping Memories Of Home Garage and Warehouse $ale on Friday, I found these two 11.5 X 8.5 Macaw trays! I didn't hesitate . . .I scooped them up and handed them to April!
. . .and @ 40% off. . .I adore them even more!!!

So~o~o. . .
Sunday evenings menu had to be something a bit more than leftovers to place on these lovelies!!!


Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwiches
served on a Hoagie Roll

Bowtie Pasta Salad
with Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

Iced Tea

Salads made with a variety of pastas are a family favorite On Crooked Creek! These bowtie pastas make an interesting appearance to an otherwise ordinary pasta salad!

Since both are in abundance this time of year, I use fresh vegetables from the crisper and from the herb garden.

One stalk of celery, one carrot, about a quarter of a cup of green onions, 12 ~ 15 grape or cherry tomatoes. I like to thinly slice the carrots and boil them for 3 ~5 minutes. . . this gives them a sweeter flavor and an authentic *al dente* consistency.

My herbs of choice: sweet basil, chive, and thyme!

Coat the pasta with the vinaigrette while still warm, fold in all the chopped vegetables and herbs. In the Summertime, I like to place the salad in Ball canning jars. Not only does it make a nice presentation, but is easily identifiable once it's place in the refrigerator!!!

Tonight's table calls for my newest place mats and napkins combined with  Garage $ale find flatware by Gibson. The green in the flatware is a bit softer than the macaw, but the two repeat the hues of green in the linens! These Tuscan berry napkin rings bring all the hues together!

Soaring temperatures of 111 degrees on the Prairie call for a 
C O O L BLT Sandwich, C O L D Pasta salad and I C E D  Tea!  That's What's On The Menu On Crooked Creek. . .so~o~o. . .what are you serving???

On Crooked Creek is joining On The Menu Monday with our dear hostess, Yvonne @ StoneGable. Be sure to visit and share your menus, recipes, and tips for all the participants and viewers!

Until next time. . .
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