Memphis Bucket: Read in Overton Park


Check.  This afternoon was just too beautiful to not be outside.  I contemplated doing a walk along the river but decided instead to go for a picnic in Overton Park (get some of this bucket list taken care of!) And what a good decision it was.  For lunch I packed a delicious bruschetta salad inspired by Hungry Girl.  If you don’t know her, click here to meet her.  She’s one of the first people on my list to catch up with while I drink my tea in the morning!

Bruschetta Salad

In this mix:

  • One tomato, chopped
  • Half a cucumber, chopped
  • Quarter of a red onion, chopped
  • Roasted red pepper, drained and chopped
  • Diced black olives (I used a few spoonfuls from a can)
  • 2 tsp. garlic
  • 1 can of tuna, drained
You literally just chop and throw it all in to one big tupperware container and then mix it together.  I have enough salad topping to last me through three or four salads.  To assemble the salad, you simply make a bed of your choice of leafy greens (I chose romaine hearts) and scoop the bruschetta topping onto the bed.  Then you add:
  • 1 stick of mozzarella string cheese, sliced (or strung if you prefer!)
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Finished product - indoor version

Then you pack it up and take it with you to the park!

The outdoor version - looks and tastes so much better!

I enjoyed my salad spread out on a blanket with the warm sun on my skin.  I wasn’t out for too long but felt lightly toasted at the end.  I started a new book too!  (Not because I finished The Hunger Games, because I didn’t….but that book was at the gym so I had to grab a new one).  I chose The Postmistress.

The View from my Blanket

From Publishers Weekly

Weaving together the stories of three very different women loosely tied to each other, debut novelist Blake takes readers back and forth between small town America and war-torn Europe in 1940. Single, 40-year-old postmistress Iris James and young newlywed Emma Trask are both new arrivals to Franklin, Mass., on Cape Cod. While Iris and Emma go about their daily lives, they follow American reporter Frankie Bard on the radio as she delivers powerful and personal accounts from the London Blitz and elsewhere in Europe. While Trask waits for the return of her husband—a volunteer doctor stationed in England—James comes across a letter with valuable information that she chooses to hide. Blake captures two different worlds—a naïve nation in denial and, across the ocean, a continent wracked with terror—with a deft sense of character and plot, and a perfect willingness to take on big, complex questions, such as the merits of truth and truth-telling in wartime(Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Read in Overton Park - check!

I made it one chapter before I had to pack up for an afternoon of fitness but I think I’m gonna like this one – I’ve always loved stories about World War II, especially the love stories!
Have any of you read The Postmistress?  

One response »

  1. How is your book coming? I have not read that one but when i finish “The Help” I will check it out. Thank you, again, for a great salad idea! Love you!

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