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Posts from ‘June, 2015’

A new pasta salad


The other night I tried a new pasta salad for dinner. It was a hot day and I wanted something quick and easy. I had seen the recipe for this tuna pasta salad on the Iowa Housewife site and decided to try it--with just a few modifications. Here's the recipe that I used:

Tuna Pasta Salad

1 cup dry macaroni or rotini pasta
1 cup broccoli florets
1 can tuna, drained
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup chopped onion
about 10 ripe olives, sliced
about 1/4 cup ranch dressing (enough to moisten)
1 tsp. dried dill
1/4 tsp. salt

Cook pasta in boiling water for about 9 minutes. Add broccoli florets and cook for an additional minute or two. Drain and rinse in cold water to cool.Add all ingredients except tuna and toss to coat with the ranch dressing. Gently fold in the tuna. Chill the salad before serving. This made about four servings.

Enjoy on a hot summer day.

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A trip to the beach


Earlier this month Rob and I went to visit my friend and former college roommate, Cathy, at her condo at Carolina Beach which is near Wilmington, NC. We had a wonderful visit--it was the perfect combination of activities and relaxation. Cathy is a wonderful hostess and tour guide. Unfortunately her husband David had to work so we didn't get to visit with him.

One place we went to visit was the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It is a very nice aquarium.


They do some work protecting sea turtles in the area and they actually had a small sea turtle (less than a year of age) that you can view up close.


Some of the exhibits are the kind that allow you to handle the animals if you wish. There was also a special exhibit of Lorikeets on the property and it was fun to see them as well. They were very colorful and friendly.


One day we went to downtown Wilmington and toured some shops in an old cotton mill which has been converted into a shopping and restaurant venue. While were were there we ate lunch at a place called The Basics. All three of us chose dishes which centered around grits--Cathy and I had grits with feta cheese, roasted tomatoes, and caramelized onions and Rob had Shrimp and Grits. We all enjoyed our choices.

We also enjoyed sitting on the porch of the condo and enjoying the cool breezes while looking at the ocean.


Two of the days while we were there there were weddings on the beach just to the left of us. I was very surprised that the weddings were held in such a public area of the beach with all sorts of people walking around with surf boards, etc.


One day for lunch we went to a place called Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn.


They had all kinds of ingredients that you can choose from to make up your burrito. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there and were tempted to stop again on our way out of town!

Another place that we have heard about from Cathy for many years is a legendary doughnut shop called Britts. It has been open since 1939. They just make one kind of doughnut, which is similar to the hot ones you can get at Krispy Kreme. The doughnuts did not disappoint. They are extremely light and delicious. After tasting these doughnuts it was easy to see why they are so popular.


It's a great blessing to have friendships which span not only years, but decades. We were talking about the fact that as we age more and more of our friends are passing into eternity. We were thankful for the opportunity to catch up with one of our "old" friends and for her gracious hospitality.


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