Memorial Day Curse
Hi friends! Happy long weekend!
First off, thanks SO much for all of your kind words about our upcoming move—we’re very excited about this next step! Like with any big move, there are definitely things (and people) we’re sad to be leaving, but we’re really looking forward to seeing what Huntsville has in store for us!
Moving on…Ryan has been gone all weekend. He left for a conference (nerd alert!!!) on Thursday, and on Thursday night, I began to feel an all-too-familiar tickle in my throat. I hate it when I feel a tickle in my throat, because it only means one thing: in about 12 hours, I’m going to be downright miserable. It reminds me of this season’s How I Met Your Mother finale, when Marshall just knows that food poisoning is on the way. “I can see exactly three hours into my future, and it doesn’t…look…good.”
Sure enough, Friday morning, I woke up with all sorts of drainage. You wanted to know that, right?
If there’s anything worse than being sick on the first holiday weekend of the summer, it’s being sick alone on the first holiday weekend of the summer.
Actually, let me correct myself: if there’s anything worse than being sick alone on the first holiday weekend of the summer, it’s realizing that you were also sick alone on the first holiday weekend of last summer.
As I trudged my sorry, pajama bottom-wearing butt to Rite-Aid to pick up my sickness necessities (magazines, sudafed, vitamin water, and diet cherry seven-up, if you were wondering), I realized that the scene felt a little too familiar.
With the help of the blog, I cast my memory back to exactly one year ago, and realized that the feeling of deja vu I was having wasn’t just a hallucination brought on by my cocktail of Nyquil, Sprite, and Emergen-C. I did, in fact, have the exact same thing happen on Memorial Day weekend of last year.
Just as I did last time, I spent most of this weekend holed up in my bed with my poor, bored dogs as my nurse-aids. Don’t ever ask a cattle dog to rub your back—her technique will be totally off.
After a weekend of meals that included smoothies, cereal, and mashed up banana on toast, feeling about 90% better this morning, I headed to the store in search of actual food. I wanted to make something real, but also something that would take less than 10 minutes to throw together for lunch or dinner. Enter: the antipasto bar. I picked up a mix-and-match of antipasto goodies—roasted red peppers, peperoncini, olives, mozzarella, roasted garlic—all kinds of good stuff!
Then, when I got home, all I needed to do for this easy pasta salad was boil some water and throw together a dressing.
For the dressing, I made this super-simple (and super-healthy) basil-red pepper dressing:
This is 1 roasted red pepper (courtesy of the antipasto bar) plus about a cup of fresh basil, a tbsp. of olive oil, a tbsp. of balsamic vinegar, and 2 tbsp. of water (you can use more or less, depending on the consistency you want), blended in the food processor until smooth.
I actually think with a few tweaks, this “dressing” could be turned into a delicious cold summer soup!
Then, it was time to chop up the antipasto and throw it all together:
Seriously could not be easier, and will last in the fridge for at least a few days!
All that “not really cooking” kind of wore me out, actually. I think it’s time to take a nap. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back at 100%!