Taking the Day Off!!!

Actually, I took 2. When your daughter hugs you and says, "Mama can you be done working now," you say yes. Then you take the day off. Then you take 2. These beautiful photos were taken by Chloe from our first backyard celebration in 2 years. It was more than time. Cut flowers in small jars, homemade pesto (with basil from the garden), roasted marshmallows to make s'mores with dark chocolate frosting, and the tasty little drink that I am yet to name.

Food can be simple for a backyard party, pesto pasta salad and tuna kicked up with apples, raisins, dill and apple cider vinegar can be wrapped in lettuce leaves. A light supper that even the pickiest child can find a way to eat.

The hardest part of the party is waiting for the fire and getting the sticks ready for the roasting. I do believe the moms lost count of the marshmallows consumed, which was a good thing.

And the drink, ok I'll tell you how to make it, but beware of it's calling out to you on all the hot summer days to come!

frozen cantaloupe pieces
1/4 cup (or more) vodka
1/2 cup triple sec
lime juice from 1 fresh lime
1-2 tsp agave

Fill up the blender almost to top with the cantaloupe pieces and then add the other ingredients in amounts to your liking, mine are guides, soon to be perfected. Blend it up and taste. Adjust until you reach your best sip. Makes about 4 drinks.