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Mommy's Idea

Can you believe it's July 2010???  Seriously.  I can't.

Sam started gymnastics this week and loved it, which I knew he would.  In fact, I've tried to get him on-board with gymnastics or martial arts for 2 years.  He's thin.  He's fast.  He's active.  Come on!


I just found out that my elementary school is set to close.  Apparently, they are turning the current road into a highway, and we all know what that means.  I know it's Metro Atlanta.  It still sucks.  Yep...I said it.


We have our first veggie from the Lettre garden....a TOMATO!!


July 4th is always fun in our neighborhood.  We have an awesome HOA that uses most of the budget for the 4th celebration...that means CRAZY fireworks.  Seriously.  The most amazing show in Metro Atlanta...and that's saying a lot.  Plus, all we have to do is go out on our driveway, or my parent's driveway at 9PM.  If we wanted, tho, we could go down to the Town Green for music, kids' fun and more.  It really is awesome.


I have a few recipes for this year's 4th that are always popular, so I figured I would share one.
And, this one is SO easy...

Italian Skewers

        • Cherry Tomatoes
        • Cheese tortellini (I buy frozen)
        • Whole black olives, drained
        • Italian dressing
        • Party picks or skewers

Cook the tortellini as directed and drain.  Then thread one olive, one tortellini and one tomato on pick/skewer, repeating if necessary.  Refrigerate the platter when complete.  Before serving drizzle the platter with Italian dressing.

(I've also rolled up pepperoni or prosciutto and threaded it between the other parts, but not this time.)

If you try it, let me know what you think!


Finally, let's remember to thank those who fought for our freedom 
and those who still fight.

And, praise God for both!



Unknown Mami said...

Have a wonderful 4th!

That tomato is perfection.

Mrs4444 said...

Happy 4th! :)

Keep swimming in mind for your little guy as he gets older; swim team was wonderful for my skinny kid! :)

Yea! on the tomato!

Happy Friday!

Dysfunctional Mom said...

I love eating stuff from my own garden!
I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day Weekend.

blueviolet said...

Your first tomato is awfully pretty! I hope you have a heck of good weekend and enjoy that light show!

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Congratulations on your first harvest!

Nicolle said...

I love your tomato! Yay!

Your weekend celebration sounds like it will be wonderful. I hope you have a great time with your sweet boys!

Jene said...

I'm absolutely trying your skewer recipe this weekend, and I'm envious of your tomato. I kill everything I try to grow :(

Anonymous said...

I am totally making those skewers this weekend! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

The only thing we've gotten so far out of our garden is a few jalapenos. The peppers just aren't popping yet.

Have a great weekend!

brainella said...

Have a happy fourth! Our tomatoes never looked that good. :)

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MrsSki said...

That tomato is beautiful. For some reason, knowing a tomato came out of someone's back yard makes them even tastier.

Happy Fourth of July!

qandlequeen said...

Congrats on your tomato. I'm so sad we didn't plant any this year.

Doreen McGettigan said...

I found my first tomato today..I grew a tomato!
I love your precious photo's..
Have a safe 4th of July!

Tina Peterson said...

Have a wonderful 4th!

I'm following you from daily essentials linky. =0)

I have added a Sizzling Saturdays giveaway linky on my blog - join me if you can!! This is the first one I've done (sorta last minute LOL) - pls help a newby out!

Thanks, "The Book Lady"

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

I remember when my son enter to gymnastic he even change the name bc he said that gymnastics are for girl so he was in tumbling anyways it was the same thing. =P I bet he is going to have a Blast!

Booo for the highway!

Aww and that is one perfect tomato!

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Have a fantastic 4th of July!!

Life with Kaishon said...

Your HOA sounds awesome : ) Well, except for the fact that they won't let you have a cow. What the heck is wrong with them?

One of my blogging friends is having a seed giveaway, since you are a lover of all things garden, skedaddle over there and enter:

Dawn said...

Thanks for the recipe! Those sound delicious!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Hope you enjoy them, Dawn!

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Seizing My Day said...

yum... the skewers sound yummy! ;) I will make them one day soon... thanks for sharing!