New to our neighborhood, we were invited to help our neighbors close down the street, lug grills and lawn chairs up the culdesac, and enjoy a good old-fashioned get-together.
Everyone brought their own drinks and meat for grilling along with a salad or dessert to share. We filled up on food … and gossip. In her book, Dakota, Kathleen Norris said, “… gossip done well can be a holy thing … It can strengthen community bonds. Gossip provides comic relief for people under stress … Gossip can help us give a name to ourselves.”
The kiddos rode bikes.
Who knew?! Stella’s favorite new friend she made during her summer t-ball season is our neighbor! His parents moved in this past spring.
Stella even talked him into letting her try out his cool Radio Flyer scooter.
It was a wonderful evening and Stella exclaimed (after noticing my mostly empty salad bowl), “They ate it!” as if it were a completely foreign concept to bring a SALAD to a potluck and have everyone eat it.
In the mood to share more secrets, here’s one:
Southwestern Potato Salad
MAKES: 6 servings
- 6 cups cooked potatoes, cut into 3/4″ cubes
- 1 cup fresh corn, cooked and chilled
- 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 T cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 T red wine vinegar
- 1/2 t salt
- pepper, freshly cracked
These posts always make me so hungry!
Amy~ Wish we were neighbors, then we could share recipes! And food!