Caprese Salad

Jun 3rd

Oh how I miss these lovely tomatoes when I’m in Arizona, there is not a tomato that compare’s anywhere to a Midwest tomato! I’m talking about the comparison of a light colored powdery tasting fruit/vegetable whatever you want to call it, to a vibrant, red, meaty, flavorful tomato, that you will want to eat all summer! I had just been to the the farmer’s market in Holland Michigan to my favorite stand, Visser Farms. I bought all sorts of fresh vegetables that I will post later. Pete and I are really trying to eat healthier, and if you can believe it, we actually started jogging for the first time in our lives. We run to the lighthouse and back, it’s really not very far, but hey it’s a start! I also made salmon the other night, and roasted a chicken last night, with recipe’s to come soon. We have been here in Macatawa for over a week now. The weather has been a bit cold for the end of May and the first part of June. It started out at 85 when we got here last week, and last night it dove to 43 degrees! I will take that any day over the summer heat in Arizona, where it’s suppose to reach 110 today! We have been lazing around here, sometimes not getting up until 10 in the morning, and either going to bed really late or early, just whatever mood were in. Pete so deserves some rest and time off, he has been working so hard to bring more business to our State Farm Agency. He also brought his work with him here, and with the wonderful technology these days, he can read all his email and keep up to date. As for me, I sit out on our deck which is right on the channel of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan, and I listen to the song birds, and watch the robins and cardinals fly in and out. I also have a friend that I made last year, who is back again, Woody the woodchuck. He lives under the rocks and channel border, and comes out everyday to eat lettuce and apples that Moi is feeding him. For those of you who don’t believe in feeding wild animals he still eats twigs and bark off the tree. I fed him on and off last summer until October and he is back! I really enjoy watching his antics, as he runs back and forth. It doesn’t take much to entertain me. We haven’t done much beach time yet for the water temperature has been 48 degrees, a little to chilly for us Arizonans! Our oldest son Morgan is coming in Friday for a week and we can’t wait. We plan to play golf, go on Dune rides, shopping, eating and just relaxing. P.J. will hopefully come sometime in July and fly back home with us July 18th so he can see his Louie Bernard, our Basset. We will be home for the hottest part of the year, don’t ask me why, but the place we rent, is rented out then, so we will be back at the end of August until October, when we will be driving our good old reliable Prius back to Arizona. I hope you like all my recipes so far this summer, drop me a comment and let me know what your summer plans are, and what you would like to see me post for a recipe. Thanks, for reading, Love, Stacey

Caprese Salad

3 tomatoes sliced thin

1 package of fresh mozzarella sliced thin

1 package of fresh basil about 20 leaves, or if your are lucky enough to have a garden, roll leaves and cut into strips, leave some whole for garnish.

Sea salt and pepper to taste.

3 Tbs olive oil drizzled over the top.

3 Tbs good balsamic dressing drizzled over the top.

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