Well I didn’t really plan to take this whole week off, but now I’ve decided that makes the most sense so I can fully enjoy the holiday and eat hotdogs and watch fireworks and all manner of other things.
But I guess since I’m writing something right now, I haven’t technically taken the week off so much as just four days or so. Whatever. I just like to check in.
Here are a couple of quick things that might make your week better:
1. Food to eat
P and I went out for dinner a few nights ago at Tre Trattoria which is a little Italian restaurant we enjoy. And the market salad of the day was this delicious concoction of heirloom tomatoes, peaches, arugula and burrata cheese. I ate every bite and couldn’t quit thinking about it.
I consulted Pinterest and found a similar recipe and it was equally delicious. Except I substituted mozzarella for the burrata because it’s what I found at the store. This would be a great side dish at any of your Fourth of July gatherings.
Here’s the recipe: tomato, peach and burrata salad
On a slightly less healthy note, my friend Jill mentioned a while back that the chocolate cake recipe on the back of the Hershey’s cocoa is one of the best chocolate cakes ever. I made it a few weeks ago and she was totally right. The only thing I might add are some chocolate chips because I enjoy a little texture in my chocolate cake.
Here’s the recipe: hershey’s perfectly chocolate chocolate cake
2. Books to read
A few weeks ago I asked for book recommendations and then I went to Target that same day and bought a couple of books on impulse because I felt like I couldn’t wait one more second to read something. Here’s what I’ve read in the last two weeks:
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen – This was totally different from anything I’d normally read and I can’t say I loved it. It was okay and an interesting look at the literary community in New York in the 1800’s, but I wasn’t dying to read it every chance I got which is how I judge a great book.
Looking for Alaska by John Green – I love John Green’s writing and how he perfectly captures teenagers. This is good if you’re a fan of young adult literature.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – I just started this and am only three or four chapters in but it’s already my favorite of the summer so far and I picked it because so many of you suggested it. Great choice.
3. Things to watch
I’ve totally gotten sucked into the World Cup. It’s filling a void for me since there is no college football to be had right now. Team USA plays Belgium later today and this might get you pumped up.
And win or lose, Nordstrom has some really great international soccer gear for kids available right now for your favorite little soccer fan.
Hope you all have a great 4th of July! See you next week!