June – A Rainbow of Possibilities!

There is a lot going on this week! We are focusing on the final leg of the Triple Crown, our quick and delicious recipe for pizza, a garden update and Pride Month!

THE BELMONT STAKES

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The Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crown. Excitement is high this year with the possibility of a Triple Crown winner, which has not been accomplished since Affirmed won in 1978 – almost 4 decades ago! American Pharaoh, who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, will face a group of talented, well-rested challengers. We look forward to watching on Saturday afternoon and will be filling out our racing forms. Hoping for better results this time!

Click here for information on this year’s Belmont Stakes contenders:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/horseracingspecial/belmont-stakes-2015-contenders-american-pharoah-vs-a-7-horse-field-for-the-triple-crown/ar-BBkGbJk?ocid=ansSBNation11

And here is an interesting article about the ever-changing Belmont Stakes official signature cocktail(s):

http://www.newsday.com/sports/horseracing/belmont-stakes-keeps-changing-its-official-drink-1.10508204

ITALIAN BREAD PIZZA

The Belmont Stakes are in New York. As a nod to one of the foods served at the food court at the track, New York-style pizza, we thought we’d share our Italian bread pizza. Its easy, economical and delicious. You can use your favorite sauce and toppings or try ours.

You will need: a 1 lb. loaf of whole wheat or white Italian bread, a jar of your favorite tomato sauce, 1/2 lb. of browned ground beef, 8 oz. of shredded Italian cheese blend, mushrooms and peppers.

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 To make the pizzas: preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Using a serrated bread knife, cut the loaf horizontally into three layers, as shown. Toast in the pre-heated oven on parchment paper for 7-10 minutes.

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Top each pizza with 1/2 cup of sauce, 1/3 cup of cheese, 1/3 of the ground beef, mushrooms and peppers or the toppings of your choice.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Cut each pizza into 4 slices and enjoy! We especially like the center layer!

GARDEN UPDATE

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June started with temperatures in the 40’s, but our plants have hung in there. One of the joys we get from gardening is discovering the unexpected. When we were buying this year’s plants for our patio, we spotted some small, bright purple flowers called Lobelia and decided to give them a try. When we first planted them, we thought they might not make it, but as the picture above shows, they have thrived. They make a nice, bright backdrop in our garden!

BEACH HOUSE DECOR

We love the beach and we enjoy decorating with beach-inspired items. We jokingly call our home, “the beach house”. This week’s featured photo of Kevin with a rainbow shooting out of his hat is one of our favorites. Roy took this photo in Provincetown, MA, a couple of years ago during our vacation. We decorated the frame with a few shells from the trip. They attach easily with some craft glue. You can cover the whole frame with shells or just add a few.                These embellished frames make great giftstoo! 

Speaking of rainbows:

PRIDE MONTH

President Barrack Obama has officially declared June to be LGBT Pride Month. There are great concerts, educational exhibits, crafts fairs, festivals and parades nationwide in June. We are looking forward to Rhodes Island’s month-long celebration. Go on-line to check out events in your area.

Here is a timeline of LGBT history:

Click to access LGBT-Pride-Month-Timeline.pdf

Rainbow Life Quotes – Bing Images

 

Enjoy!

Roy and Kevin

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