It's so hot - I'm not complaining, after all the whining I did about the rain. But somewhere in between would be nice. Oh well.
I had a dish planned for tonight that requires an hour in the oven. It's a favorite of ours with portobello mushrooms baked in a yummy sauce, served over rice. But no way was I going to have the oven on for that long, or make a pot of rice. So on to Plan B.
I took the mushrooms and marinated them in Soy Vay Chinese marinade for an hour or two. We haven't filled the propane tank for the outdoor grill so I cooked them indoors - but it only takes a few minutes so it wasn't too bad. I found some red quinoa in the pantry and cooked that up and after it cooled off I mixed it with some cucumbers, tomatoes, mint, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. We also had some fresh asparagus that I served at room temperature with a fig and red wine vinegar. I prepared a huge platter of fruit - fresh pineapple, watermelon and mango. It was so perfect for a hot night like tonight. And because my kids don't think it's dinner without some kind of bread we had some french rolls prepared in my favorite way (a little Earth Balance margarine, a sprinkle of vegan parmesan, a sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning and under the broiler for a couple of minutes).
Last night was the last lacrosse game - H has been in a sport every season which means she has had daily practices since mid-August. I'm not sure she is going to know what to do with herself!
I took this picture of her at a tournament on Saturday:+
I always get so many comments about our diet - here's a kid with clear skin, energy to burn and a smile that lights up my life :-) I think she's doing okay!
Finally, we have a bottlebrush shrub that seems to be blooming before our eyes. The other day there was nothing and suddenly today, everytime I looked out the window, there seemed to be more red. So I took a picture and will try taking one of the same flower over the next few days (because I'm just odd that way)
I think it's supposed to be a little bit cooler tomorrow. One can only hope!