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POP goes Independence Day

My festive 4th of July fruit, brownie, and marshmallow skewers! Perfect for the BBQ I attended!

Hope y’all had a great 4th of July! Mine was great, though having it in the middle of the week is just plain confusing! I love themes–dressing for themes, cooking for themes, etc. so any holiday is an excuse to have get together with friends, dress up, and party!

I used the holiday to have fun (Champagne, BBQ, Fireworks!!!) and to also get a little bit introspective. I’m an ENFP–which means no matter how outgoing and extroverted I am, I need a bit of alone time.

On the 4th, my college sorority sister sent me the following quote, that seems to be populating the internet as of late: “No relationship is ever a waste of time. If it didn’t bring you what you want, it taught you what you don’t want.”  So I’ve been doing some deep thinking on that. Not ridiculously deep

I think the 4th of July is more than the birth day for our nation. This year, I think it is a birthday of sorts for me.  The new me.  Taking what is good and bad from the past. Learning from it. Letting go. And moving on. My past relationships and my frog list may be wayyyy longer than most people. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t learn from them.  They made me who I am today.  I need to smile, let go, move on, and embrace the new me. Embrace who the past has made me become today.  Starting with food.  Here’s my Lora Independence Day pasta.

Independence Pasta
Serves Approx 4-6 people

Sauce Ingredients
2 ripe tomatoes (large ones ) cubed (try to get rid of some of the seeds)
1 cup sliced grape tomatoes (red and yellow)
16 oz of fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes
1 cup basil leaves – cut in strips
2-3 garlic cloves – minced
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Combine above ingredients and marinate at room temperature for about 2 hours

Cook whole grain spaghetti. Drain and mix with olive oil/tomato mixture. Toss thoroughly. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Refreshing and delightful! Recommend pairing with a light white wine. Simple, delectable, and easy as all get out!

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