Dining Alfresco

As our backyard is beginning to take shape, we’ve been relaxing outside more often. For the past two years, we have eaten outside quite often but we didn’t have a spot to just chill out afterwards.  Now we have a shaded spot, thanks to a massive tree-trimming effort by my husband, and an area for four lounge chairs, a small table and umbrella. The dogs love it, too, because they can lick us and demand pats on the head by shoving their face into our laps!

It has been a difficult week to say the least, and enjoying a quiet dinner under the stars is one of the few things I look forward to.

Oh, and how could I forget to mention that my husband made a delicious, simple pasta dish (mini penne with ham, peas and melted brie!) The “classic” recipe calls for panna but we didn’t have it on hand.

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