Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fourth of July Party and Tomato, Black Bean and Corn Salad

This Fourth of July we had the pleasure of once again being entertained by my sister-in-law Diane, her husband Craig and my nephew Benjamin. It was a nice, small, low-key gathering, which is my kind of party. I may have mentioned I'm kind of introverted.

It was just family and a few close mutual friends. We hung out in the backyard and played a few games. Bubbles were provided. Who knew they would still be a hit once the kids got past five?

Please note the wrapped foot on Eryn, there. Both girls were gimpy and on crutches. Regan hurt her hip at gymnastics doing something ridiculously hard, and Eryn hurt hers dancing. I think. Or rock climbing. Or parachuting. I don't remember. But it was probably epic. The injury does not get in the way of pink toenails, however.

There was a ring toss game which becomes progressively more difficult with each beer. Although Amy and Pootie and Regan were not imbibing. So they did marginally better than my mother-in-law.

She was joining me in a little wine drinking. Craig gave her a quick tutorial and I think it took her fifteen tries to finally nail that ring on the hook. She was quite pleased with herself.

Strider dominated the ping pong table. He takes his sporting seriously. Look at that sweat. (He's a total poser. He'd just been running through the sprinkler.) But he does take ping pong - and everything else - seriously. Man is a little competitive. 

Everyone spent time just hanging out and yapping. And limping. And sweating. It was warm.

Belmont hid under the ping pong table, trying to stay cool. It wasn't really working, but he didn't want to miss anything.

Eryn modeled a lovely chapeau for us. It's a good look for her, I think.

Strider, Regan and Amy checked out the view from the roof to see if we might be able to catch the fireworks from up there instead of going downtown. That was a no go. Too many trees, and downtown is downhill from where we were. A group wound up going while others (including me) opted to go home and go to bed. We all live about 23 blocks from downtown and it took them an hour and a half to get home. I win.

Of course, there was food. Diane and Craig provided burgers, Mrs. Reid made homemade peach ice cream, and I made Tomato, Black Bean and Corn Salad. So if you're just here for the food, here is the .pdf.  It's nothing new under the sun. Just good fresh local tomatoes, black beans, local corn, a little garlic and basil, and olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Perfect and light for a hot summer night.

Hope y'all had a safe and happy Fourth!