Perfect Summer Dinner

Guys, I LOVE summer. Seriously, it’s my favorite season. I love the heat (although I’m not a huge fan of the humidity), the sunshine, the pool, the longer days, and the produce. Is there anything better than fresh summer produce? No? I didn’t think so.

The super easy dinner I made the other night featured tomatoes. Perfect, juicy, wonderful tomatoes. Unfortunately, it did not feature these tomatoes that my sister picked from my grandparents’ garden. I left the homegrown ones at their house. #fail

Freshly picked tomatoes from my grandparents' garden.

Freshly picked tomatoes from my grandparents’ garden.

Sunday evening, I wanted something that featured tomatoes. It also needed to be quick to make, because I was getting hangry. For those of you who don’t know what hangry means, it is when you’re angry because you’re hungry. Hanging out at the pool can be hard work!

I decided that an open-face tomato sandwich would fit the bill.  I baked mine for a few minutes, so it was creamy from the mozzarella cheese and tangy from the tomato. It was perfection.

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For this deliciousness, you will need:

  • Bread (I used some take-and-bake bread that had roasted garlic in it. SO GOOD.)
  • Tomatoes (obviously)
  • Fresh mozzarella (regular would be fine in a pinch)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

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So, first, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Then, I put a piece of foil on a cookie sheet and sliced a few of the bread on it. I drizzled that with some olive oil. I put a couple of thin slices of the fresh mozzarella on the bread, and sliced up a tomato on top of the cheese. I sprinkled some salt and pepper over the tomatoes, and five minutes later, I threw everything into the oven. About 10 minutes later, everything was perfect. The tomatoes were warm, the cheese was melted, and the bread was toasted. Mmmm….soooo good!

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This is SO easy to make! I did end up making a salad to eat with it, but everything was finished in less than 15 minutes. Now, that’s the way to make dinner.

What are some of your favorite summer recipes?

 

Summer Tunes

Good morning, dear Readers!

Happy first day of summer! Guys, I really love summer. I love the sunshine, hot weather, afternoons at the pool, fresh produce, warm nights…I just love it all.

I don’t know about you, but the music I listen to varies greatly from season to season. For instance, in the winter months, I’ll be cozying up with The xx, Mumford & Sons, Adele, and Florence and the Machine. In the summer though, I need some seriously up-beat tunes that I can blast at a pool party or when I’m driving down the highway with my windows down.

Here are a few songs that are definitely going on my ultimate summer playlist:

Safe in LA | Gold Motel

Something Salty, Something Sweet | River City Extension

Am I Wrong | Nico & Vinz

Falling | HAIM

Somebody Loves You | Betty Who

Moves Like Jagger | Maroon 5

Dancing On My Own | Robyn

Come With Me Now | KONGOS

Sing | Ed Sheeran

Some other bands that will appear on my summer playlist are MS MR, Magic!, The 1975, American Authors, and Wild Cub. It’s going to be pretty epic!

Do you guys like to listen to different music each season, or am I strange? What bands are you all listening to this summer?