So, I finally have a big, gorgeous house, with an enormous yard, filled with old trees and flowering bushes. Our yard is so big, neighbors are often coming up to us and suggesting we sell off a section. Um...no.
Unfortunately, as part of the package deal, the house and yard also comes with unrelenting heat and humidity...and oh, yes. Mosquitos.
So, my dream of hosting large, outdoor dinners, and tea parties is still very much that; a dream.
At least until we find enough change under the couch cushions to spring for one of those fancy skeeter-killers.
Being in the mood for a picnic last week, I decided we were going to have one...but set it in the dining room!
We had sandwiches made on nice, thick, rosemary ciabatta rolls; salami and Fontina for Matt, and veggie ham and smoked Gouda for Alex and me. I made cole slaw for Matt, and potato salad for the two of us. Dill and bread & butter pickles, and the rare addition of potato chips rounded out the meal, and we (horror!) allowed pop in the house, too...Alex and I had grape, and Matt drank Coke.
What I think I'm going to do is this: when November rolls around, and it's still warm enough to wear tank tops, I'm going to have an outdoor dinner. Even if it's just for the three of us. The bugs will be gone, the humidity as well, so we'll drag out a table, spread a cloth, and have a picnic. Right before Thanksgiving!