I have been somewhat absent from the blogosphere for a few days.
Last week, within 5 days of one another, I attended two funerals.
One funeral was for an elderly man who had been retired for 22 years. He had served heroically as a police officer in Jersey City for 25 years. His six children and wife of 50 years were all in attendance. Many police, fire and county officials were at his wake. It was a sad yet joyous affair in celebration of a life well lived and well loved.
The other funeral was for my oldest son's best friend's mother. She was tragically hit by a pickup truck last week while out shoveling snow. A seventeen year old boy was at the wheel of the truck. Police ruled it an accident. A horrible, sad, tragic accident that in an instant took a woman's life far too soon and changed a young man's life forever.
Both of these deaths made me stop and think of all the people, places and things that make up a life. And it made me realize that of all the people, places and things in my life I have always enjoyed the simple things the most. The beach. The mountains. My home. A good meal. A good friend. A day spent with my sisters. My family.
If you think about it there are very few things we really need in life. We need food. We need water. We need shelter. I believe we need love.
And maybe we need when the our time comes, for a few simple words of love and a small gathering of people to remember us.
What do you think? What do you really need in this life?
This is a simple meal. Salad. Fruit. Bread. It is enough, it is all that is really needed for a meal.
Pesto Toasts: (make 6 slices)
1/2 loaf of day old bakery bread, cut into thick slices
Store bought or home made pesto (I had some in the freezer that I had made this summer)
2 tablespoons pine nuts
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
Garlic Cheese Toasts: (make 6 slices)
1/2 loaf day old bakery bread, cut into thick slices
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
Mix butter, thyme, garlic and parmesan cheese together.
Preheat the broiler. Arrange bread on a cookie sheet and broil for 1 to 2 minutes to brown tops. Watch closely.
Turn and toast other side for one minutes.
Spread 6 pieces of the toasted bread with pesto, sprinkle with pine nuts and top with parmesan cheese. Set aside.
Spread remaining 6 toasts with butter mixture. Top with more parmesan cheese (sprinkled).
Place all the toasts back under the broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minutes. Serve hot with a salad and some fresh fruit.
Bon Appetite and remember to enjoy the simple things in life.