The Emerald Girl

casual. classic. curious.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Al Fresco Dining in the Backyard

Sometimes staying at home with the kids means really long days and the last thing I want to do is stand in the kitchen working on a hot meal or clean up multiple dishes. Al fresco dining is the one of the easiest ways to go and doesn't really require everyone having their own plate. I suspect we'll be eating like this at least once a week to savor these warm nights.

This weekend a tried a couple of new dishes that would be quick, simple and easy to clean up.

Watermelon Limeade

Peach Caprese Salad (with a twist)

The Watermelon Limeade was so good! My 5 year old will not eat watermelon but he gave this a try and loved it. I made a second batch which we poured into popsicle molds and will be enjoying all week. I'd says that's a win-win.

My twist on the peach caprese salad is that I never actually eat the basil so I didn't bother putting it on and I completely forgot to buy balsamic vinegar when I was at the grocery store so we went without. Though I did make this exact dinner the very next night (again, with kids I do what's easiest) and the second time I added the balsamic vinegar and to my surprise the 5 year old loved it!

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