Delicious Summer Pasta – and new visitors to the cottage garden

Salad Mix

This is a quick, easy, cheap, come back for seconds family dish!

Pasta salad is the perfect side dish for any summer meal! You can also change the recipe very easily by tossing in any of your favorite ingredients right from the cottage garden!

Cook your favorite kind of pasta while you’re making the sauce to save time! (we like using small pasta such as angel hair or bow-ties)

* Feel free to double the recipe – or add your own favorite ingredients 😉

While your pasta is cooking, mix together the following ingredients & let sit until pasta is done.

4 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped basil leaves
2-3 cloves pressed garlic
1 can sliced olives (I prefer mushrooms)
2 T. balsamic vinegar
2 T. olive oil
Add salt & pepper to taste

Top your pasta with this delicious sauce & be prepared for seconds 😉

Some ideas for extra favorite things to add:

– Cheese bits (or freshly grated parmesan cheese)
– Diced green, yellow, red, or hot peppers
– Broccoli
– Beans
– Sugar snap peas
– Celery
– Onions
– Chicken
– Pepperoni
– Bacon

I know your family will enjoy this one!

I also wanted to share some of the newest guests to our bird feeder with you!


I call this little guy Fred 😉
I thought he had a piece of string tied to his tail! It took several days of seeing him at the feeder to realize that his little leg was broken. He gets around very nicely – even though he is “disabled” 🙂

My Friend Fred - At the bird feeder

My bird feeder gets lots of traffic! This wild turkey is our latest guest 🙂 Don’t forget… although we have several acres of land surrounding our cottage in the woods, we do live in a little Victorian village! Nice to see such a variety of “guests” come out even in the village 🙂

Wild turkey at the bird feeder


10 thoughts on “Delicious Summer Pasta – and new visitors to the cottage garden”

  1. Poor Fred! We feed Stellar Jays and had one visit us once with a dart in his side…. We weren’t able to help him and only hope he managed to get it out. Why people are so mean, I don’t know.

  2. Now that pasta sounds great! Going to try this one for sure. Have a great weekend. I took your advice about bringing some garden things inside 🙂


  3. That’s a great summer time recipe – thanks! That poor little bird – glad his broken leg doesn’t seem to be affecting him too much. Wow, wild turkeys! That’s a sight to see!


  4. Poor little Fred! Isn’t it nice that he has you to keep him fed? Do you know what kind of bird he is?
    Oh…and how about diced fresh mozzarella for you pasta salad?

  5. Hi,
    I am visiting your blog via Daisy Cottage.
    I love your recipe, and will have to try it.
    The birdfeeder pictures are so great. I have many birdfeeders in my yard, but sadly no wild turkeys.
    Thanks for sharing. Visit my blog sometime.

  6. Oh poor dear little Fred. 🙂

    And such a lovely place you must live! With several acres of land surrounding your cottage in the woods. And also living in a little Victorian village. Oh sigh, how lovely. 🙂



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