While the rest of the country has been melting in a heat wave, us Seattleites have been dying for some sunshine and warmth. I happened to catch the news last week, which I rarely watch, and they said Seattle has had only 78 minutes of temps over 80 degrees this year. 78 minutes??? Crazy, I know, but sadly true. Well, the last few weekends have been gorgeous and I figured I better start having some friends over to enjoy some meals outdoors. Finally, last night was one of those nights.
I did a simple table setting and added some hydrangeas from the yard as the centerpiece.
I even turned on my lights that hang from the house on the back patio for a little ambiance when the sun started to go down.
I served Ina's Tuscan Lemon Chicken
, which was to die for! Have you tried it? The grilled lemons were so good squeezed over the chicken. I also had an orzo side dish, not shown.
A friend brought this salad with strawberries, goat cheese and candied walnuts which was served with a balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!
It was such a great evening spending time with friends and you really couldn't beat the weather! Fingers crossed for more sunny weekends!