I am absolutely loving the variety of summer tomatoes. You will love this triple mini tomato bruschetta made a mixture of yellow grape tomatoes, purple cherry tomatoes and red teardrop tomatoes. The variety of mini tomatoes infuse this bruschetta with sunshine and soil. It is absolutely fantastic. Bruschetta is great on fresh bread or use to top a salad, as a no-cook pasta sauce or on chicken or fish.
We’ve had a fair share of weekend company this summer and since our patio is bigger than our dining room, I always want to grill. This dinner is so easy–just takes some advance cutting and marinating. The cooking time is short and with veggies, chicken and shrimp–there is something for everyone to enjoy!
I think garden fresh tomatoes are quite possibly manna from heaven. I love all the varieties–especially the heirloom tomatoes Mike grew this year. I can’t stop myself from popping the tiny teardrop tomatoes in my mouth (every five seconds, like they are candy) and from slicing up the larger beefsteak varieties, topped with salt and pepper. I am always on the search for new delicious ways to use up our crop.
Once upon a time, in the far away kingdom of New Jersey, there were three princesses. Maddie, the oldest princess, was beautiful, brave, kind and strong–so strong she could swim across a river just like Pocahantas. Maddie also liked to live dangerously.
The middle princess was Lily, who was beautiful, brave, kind and very courageous–so courageous that she could face a very scary VooDoo man and not not even shiver or cry, just like Princess Tiana. Lily also loved to dress in disguise.
The littlest princess was Chloe, who was beautiful, brave, kind and sweet–so sweet that she could charm all the forrest animals just like Sleeping Beauty.
The three princesses were best friends. They were so close, that they were really like sisters. They loved to do everything together–pick strawberries, visit with other princesses, make new friends at Build-a-Bear, clean, cook, avoid eating, dance, put on shows and go on adventures.
One day, Princess Maddie found out that she had to move to another far away kingdom with her family. All three princesses were very sad.
“Oh Princess Maddie how will I ever keep it fancy without you?” cried Princess Lily
“Argh Faggle Babablaaaaaahhhhh,” wailed Princess Chloe.
“And who will swim across the river to get us princess dresses, tiaras and glitter glue? WHO?” added Lily, who was now so distraught that she began pulling out her fake hair.
“We will only have our mother’s cell phones and text messages. It is devastating,” moaned Princess Maddie.
“I am so sad and now, Chloe is eating my shoe!” screamed Princess Lily.
Sure enough, in her hysteria Princess Chloe was eating Lily’s shoe. Princess Lily shook her off and went to the corner to continue pulling out her pink fake hair. Princess Lily had no words. She could only growl.
“My real concern,” began Princess Maddie, “Is the kingdom. How will we ever control our mothers and make sure they don’t stop being fancy? Surely someone must be able to help. And I think I know just the person.”
“Bababa?” asked Princess Chloe, spitting out the toy she was chewing on.
Princess Lily paused from growling and hair pulling.
“We must go through the Pine Barrens and visit the Little Mermaid in Atlantic City,” exclaimed Princess Maddie.
“But the Pine Barrens are forbidden and filled with lots of spaghetti. What if we get tangled or worse–forced to eat meatballs?” asked Princess Lily.
“Lily, it is the only way. Chloe, are in you?” asked Maddie.
“Yessssss,” hummed Princess Chloe.
Lily nodded in agreement. “I will begin packing for our journey. We will need Polly Pockets, LIttlest Pet Shops and all our Build-A-Bears. Oh and footie pajamas for an entire week!” declared Lily, getting into the spirit.
The next day the three princesses set off on their adventure through the forbidden Pine Barrens and to Atlantic City. They wore footie pajamas and tiaras everyday to protect themselves from getting tangled in spaghetti. Princess Maddie swam across rivers with Lily and Chloe on her back. Princess Lily bravely guided the trio through the dark. Princess Chloe charmed the meatball trolls with a wink and a smile.
When they arrived in Atlantic City, the three Princesses were starving. So, they stopped at the Rainforest Cafe for french fries and gigantic chocolate milks. After drinking, the trio went to the beach to look for the Little Mermaid.
“I see the pink rock!” exclaimed Princess Maddie.
“YAY!!!” screamed Princess Lily doing a dance.
“WOOHOO!” agreed Princess Chloe.
The girls ran to the glittering pink rock and to the Little Mermaid, who was painting her finger nails.
“Little Mermaid!!! You have to help us!” yelled the three girls in unison.
Princess Maddie told the Little Mermaid the entire story and then got her nails painted.
While giving the girls manicures, the Little Mermaid told the princesses a similar story–about her two best mermaid friends who left Atlantic City to live in Ocean City.
“I was so sad. But, we do girls weekends all the time and we have our special pink rocks,” explained the Little Mermaid, who picked up three beautiful pink stones and handed one to each of the princesses.
“What’s this?” asked Princess Lily.
“This magic pink rock is for each of you. When you hold it, you will always be connected with your Princess sisters. It does not matter where you live or where you go, because you will always be together,” exclaimed the Little Mermaid.
“I love pink!” exclaimed Princess Maddie.
The three princesses took their magic rocks and set out on the adventure back to New Jersey. Princess Maddie went to rule a new kingdom. Each morning, in each of their kingdoms, the three princesses held their magic pink rocks and thought of each other. And they were always best friends and sisters.
The end (or really the beginning! the princesses are only nearly-6, 4 1/2 and 18 months!)