my feet and firefly hunting in NJ

hey, a real weekend! no travel, no cash-hemorrhaging, no need to put on pants - so good, and so timely. i failed to get any pictures of the fireflies tripping across patrick and megan's wild backyard at dusk on saturday (above), as i got so excited every time i saw one that i'd jump up and down and spoil the shot - but i respect their right to remain mysterious. running through the ivy was great fun either way.

if you ask me, the dress of the summer is this baby; $33, and versatile enough (in black) that i've worn it for a bachelor/bachelorette party, work (umpteen times), and an afternoon of grilling in jersey. hooray for cost-effective LBDs.

my new favorite foodstuff, in turn, is the pico de gallo i made for our grillstravaganza:

- 5 vine tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 c red onion, minced
- handful of chopped cilantro
- handful of chopped flat leaf parsley
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 habanero, seeded and minced
- pinch of sea salt

i added an ill-advised second splattering of sea salt that turned the mix into brine for a few hours; after a few pinches of sugar and a night in the refrigerator to think about what it had done, however, the pico was once again fit for respectable society. not for the faint of heart (especially if served immediately), but a lovely respite from the east coast's eleventy-two bland prepared salsas.

what are you wearing this summer, folks - and what are you eating? have you noticed the omnipresence of bright pink toenail polish in your corner of the world? it's an epidemic out here, man.


Rachel (Heart of Light) said...

Mmmmm...the pico de gallo sounds great.

I've worn nothing but dresses for the last two months. It's amazing. Pants are so restrictive.

east side bride said...

I might just have to buy that dress. Because clearly pants aren't happening for the rest of the summer.

lauren said...

the dress is so good. i kind of want another one, but poverty is keeping me honest.