I had one last lonely tomato and a handful of cherry tomatoes. And I still have more peppers than I know what to do with. This salad is a good way to use them up. Boil 1 pound of the pasta of your choice.
Add 1 diced cucumber, some diced tomato, thinly sliced peppers, a small thinly sliced sweet onion, 1 can of black olives sliced and some cubes of fresh mozzarella.
Add some cubed cheddar and a handful of fresh basil. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. of celery seeds. I tossed this with an Italian salad dressing: Mix 1/3 C. of red wine vinegar, 1/2 C. olive oil, 1 T. honey, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, 3 T. grated Parmesan, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Shake it in a jar to mix. Taste and add more honey if needed.
Considering all that is going on around here this year, I was thinking I might skip decorating for Fall. It is at least a month later than usual for me. When I mentioned this to some friends and family, they were insistent that I decorate anyway. So, yesterday I started making the bases for the decorations. I am trying something different this year and using mesh as a base for the garlands. A lot more will be added to all of this but I thought I would show you the base structure. The wreath is formed by making loops with the mesh and ribbon and attaching them to a wire wreath frame using pipe cleaners.
For the garland base, I had to work on my dining room table. I was using a hot glue gun so I put an old oil cloth tablecloth down to catch the inevitable glue drops. They can easily be scraped off of the oil cloth.
I used a long piece of coated wire and hot glued pipe cleaners every 6 inches. Then you can just loop the mesh down the wire attaching it as you go. I used 3 different colors of mesh and then added a plaid ribbon. I bought some decorative branches and added them too.
The 2 sides of the garlands are 117 inches long.
Then I made the swag for the top. It is 70 inches wide. Once these are hung, I will start to add all sorts of Fall adornments. I'll post them as I go.