A gift received by mail from a sweet friend I met through the blogging world - beautiful dishcloths, a lovely tablecloth (not displayed here), a pot holder, a very cute doily, and a sweet card with the kindest words of friendship and encouragement. How blessed I was to receive this package! How thankful I am to all the dear ones who generously shared their time, creativity, and friendship, and sent us wedding gifts - lovely, timely, practical gifts, which immediately found a use in our little home. It seems that we have been magically provided with all those things we simply didn't have time to buy in the flurry of wedding preparations, then settling into our new home.
And, last but not least, a simple but yummy dish we enjoyed for yesterday's dinner - pasta with baked veggies and fresh homemade tomato sauce.
I had an eggplant and a zucchini sitting at the back of my refrigerator, so I chopped them, salted, peppered and olive-oiled them, and threw them into the oven for 40 minutes. I think they can be good grilled as well.
Then I took one small onion, chopped and sauteed it until golden-brown; three large, ripe red tomatoes, which I also thinly chopped and threw into a small pot together with the onion. I let it all boil and bubble and simmer until the tomatoes let out their juice, and then I salted, peppered and added some sweet chili sauce to taste. It smelled terrific!
I served all this rich goodness over two cups of cooked pasta, and it was eagerly consumed by myself and my hungry husband.
By the way, the plate you see in the picture is one of a set we got in the first days of our marriage. A neighbour who hardly used them meant to discard them in order to free up space in the cupboard, and we eagerly volunteered to give them a place in our home. They are good, sturdy ceramic dishes, and even though they are a bit heavy, I love them.
Hope your day was equally lovely. I'm looking forward to more days of savoring the summer, the sunshine, the gorgeous mountains around us, my dear husband, my home - and plenty of good company, long, easy conversations, laughter, and delicious food!