Thursday, August 13, 2015

Peach and Mozzarella Skewers (With Basil and Lime) + Fun Summer Days!

Hi friends!
Was it super hot for you today? The weather here was so hot and it truly felt like a lazy, summer day.
Food wise, I was craving savory, crisp summer bites. I didn't want to turn on the oven and we only wanted to hang outside under a huge tree.
I have wanted to try THIS appetizer for a couple of weeks and today seemed like the perfect day to make it! It is super easy to prepare and perfect for a casual bite before dinner or dress it up as a pretty appetizer for a summer dinner party. Speaking of dinner parties, I haven't hosted one all summer! I remember the days when Jerold and I would have such wonderfully fun dinner parties filled with great friends, food and laughter. Even when we started having kids, we would still host an occasional party. I think I should get one on the calendar before summer's glow begins to fade.
Okay! Back to this delicious appetizer....

I have been on quite a peach kick this summer (check out my other peach recipes HERE and HERE!) and I don't seem to want to let it go. I still would like to make a beautiful peach cobbler sometime this month. I'll be sure and share it with you!

For this recipe, the ingredients are minimal...

Grate the zest of 1 lime...

Mix the zest with olive oil, a pinch of salt and the mozzarella balls...

Cut up one ripe peach into pieces...

Then all you have to do is assemble the skewers with the mozzarella balls, a fresh basil leaf and one piece of peach. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt + fresh cracked pepper...

Voila! Sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy!

I have been power walking every day and it feels great!

There is a school close to our house that has a mini track with a large infield and playground. The kids can play and I can walk. Josh decided that he wanted to power walk with me...

Megan and Josh were able to unleash their inner Piccaso and had so much fun painting this afternoon...

I can't believe she starts kindergarten in a month!

And Elle woke up from her nap ready to go. I just can't get enough of this sweet baby girl...

Josh looked up in the sky and yelled out to get our attention to see this... (there was more to the message, but I couldn't fit it all in the frame of my camera)!

Someone went all out for a birthday message! 

After we enjoyed our peach mozzarella appetizer, I made an awesome salad as the main course. I was reading Lindsay's blog the other day (she has the best recipes!!) and this salad looked amazing. I decided to give it a try and my kiddos LOVED it. Josh couldn't stop talking about how great it was and and he ate three huge servings. Success!! Thanks Lindsay - we all loved it :)

Fig, Basil and Prosciutto Salad

I want to share that I started JUMPING on the trampoline at PT yesterday!!!! Hooray! I wasn't expecting to start jumping for another week, but my therapist felt like I was ready. I didn't get a picture but I will next time I go in. After I did a few minutes of jumping on the trampoline, I then got into a squat position and completed a series of soft jumps up and down the room. I am getting there - getting myself ready to run!  5 days till I go back to see my surgeon and we'll see what he says. 
Today I was feeling like I have lost so much fitness. I know that I will gain it back and so far it hasn't bothered me too much, but I felt it today. This has been such a journey, but I really feel like it will make me a stronger runner. I can't wait!!

Go have an awesome day!!

Do you host dinner parties often?

Have you ever seen elaborate messages written in the sky?

Happiness Is Running Life!


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