Brett & Mal invade Huntsville!

Brett and I had a great time exploring Huntsville together a few weekends ago!  🙂  Even after living here all last summer, there were still some places that I hadn’t been to yet.  Our weekend together included a really awesome bar, a tour of NASA for Brett, some good southern eating, an open studio night at a local center for the arts, a neighborhood run, a fun coffee shop (equipped with outdoor seating and a very friendly kitty), a brewery tour of the Straight to Ale brewery, a ‘vintage music’ concert, some easy hiking in Monte Sano State Park, a trip to the Botanical Gardens, and some quality time spent together 🙂

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Girly Wednesday ~ xviii ~ random acts of kindness

While Brett and I were exploring Huntsville (more on that tomorrow!  eeep!  Teaser!), I ran across this lovely little post-it note in a ladies restroom

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I experienced the little note to be a very powerful and loving act of kindness for all the women who would pass through.  I find it quite reassuring and hope-restoring when I see small gestures of love around us.  This note was written and placed by someone who would probably not be able to see its effect first-hand, yet I’m sure the words did their task.  The words are personable and tender and so seemingly genuine.

I’ve heard more and more about people ‘paying it forward.’  The radio, every so often, talks about people paying for the meal or coffee of the car behind them in the drive through.  Words can have this same impact.  🙂  This post-it note allowed one woman to take care of her neighbor and to help her neighbor take care of herself.  So beautiful…

 

tomatoes, onions, and peppers…oh my!

I am a HUGE fan of easy, fresh, and healthy dinners 🙂  This is a quick one that I whipped up the other night.  Often dinners that I make up on the spot don’t actually go that well…but this one was so yummy!  🙂  (Can you tell that Brett is the main cook around our house?  haha!)

Ingredients:

1 large, yellow onion (any onion would do but I like the sweetness of a yellow onion once it has been cooked)
1 large green pepper (any color pepper would do…or several slightly smaller ones)
pasta or couscous, cooked as directed on package
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 package of any variety of creamy chevre or crumbly feta cheese

Note about the canned tomatoes…you can definitely start with actual tomatoes and simmer them down to a sauce and diced tomatoes…I had cans on hand though (and not the fresh variety) so that is what I used.

Ready..Go!

Prepare the pasta or couscous as directed on package.  Set aside.  Chop the onion and the peppers and saute in butter in a pan.

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When tender, add the cans of tomatoes.  (Do not drain the extra liquid in the can of diced tomatoes before adding it!) 🙂  Then add the cheese.

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Spoon on top of pasta or couscous!  The picture below is of pasta but once that ran out, I cooked up some couscous and that combination was delicious too!

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I think this is a great (and fast) recipe for summer.  It is so light and fresh!  Do you have any favorite, summer-time eats?