Yesterday was National Night Out, which I’ve since learned is a national event celebrated now for 25 years (15 in our town, apparently). It focuses on crime prevention awareness and is a way to strengthen communities. As part of this event, there was a parade and later on, fireworks. We saw it as a good day for a little bbq at our place, and invited my brother and sister over for some dinner and fireworks.
I made a couscous salad I had been craving. I first heard of this salad from my cousin-in-law, Kim. She found the recipe on Smitten Kitchen, which has since become my favorite food blog. If you haven’t seen it yet, you absolutely should take a look. Great recipes and wonderful food photography! I’ve made this salad a few times, and it’s always really tasty. It’s made with Israeli couscous, with a dressing of roasted grape tomatoes and garlic. You can find the recipe here.
Of course, I decided to serve it to my brother, who doesn’t eat tomatoes, olives, couscous, or any of the other ingredients, and my sister, who doesn’t eat olives, or anything that’s touched olives, claiming that the olives leak their juices all over and ruin the taste even after they’ve been picked out – consequently I have lots of leftovers. Luckily it tastes just as good the next day…
Following dinner, we had a little glimpse from the back deck of some of the fireworks
And now, back to the crafts… again, I’m abandoning unfinished projects for the minute and turning my attention to a new project, or a new quilt, actually. I am still working on the cathedral window quilt, but it’s slow going and I think I need a project that I’ll be able to finish within my lifetime!
I’ve looked at quite a few quilts on Flickr and I’ve decided on a coin quilt – or a modified version thereof. It seems quick and easy, and since I’ve opted to go with larger rectangles, I’m hoping that will cut down on the sewing time. I have about 45 of the colored rectangles cut out now, so only about 30 or so to go.