Watermelon, Feta, Mint, and Balsamic Salad

Zach has almost been home a week and on our first Friday night together as a family this trip home we packed up the truck after school and headed out to our friends’ new property.  They have bought an amazing 117 acre ranch with a business plan to rent the facilities to individuals and companies for events.

It really is neat!  They have all the makings of a wonderful business venture and we wish them all the luck in the world.

This is the view from the front door of the house.  The sun was just setting and it was so peaceful.  A little (lot) different than the view from my front door at sunset 🙂

journey to the goal

The land is quite expansive, especially this close to the city.  The kids had a blast driving around the property in the golf cart.  Shelby was more than thrilled to get a driving lesson from her Daddy.

journey to the goal

To end the night we all sat around a beautiful fire.  The air was a bit chilly but sitting around a roaring fire it felt perfect.

journey to the goal

It is nice to sometimes just sit back and enjoy the moment.  I am often guilty of not taking time to just push the pause button … or to be totally truthful … I may push pause but it is often not to just spend downtime with family and friends.  I need to add more of the simple things on my journey!  Now to put that thought into practice 🙂

I had to make something quick and spring like to take out with us.  I had some watermelon in the fridge that needed to be eaten so I made up a little salad that turned out to be delish!!


3-4 cups watermelon chunks
Feta cheese
Fresh mint leaves
Balsamic vinegar

watermelon salad

Directions (SO simple!)

Put watermelon chunks in to serving bowl
Add about 1/2 cup Feta cheese
Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar (less or more to taste)
Top with a few fresh mint leaves

watermelon salad






So darn pretty I didn’t want to stick a serving spoon into it!  This is best when the watermelon is chilled just a bit.  The flavors of the watermelon, Feta, mint and Balsamic mix very well (even if they sound a bit odd).  This may be my new BBQ go to dish when in a pinch to bring something along!

How do you and your family spend downtime?


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