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I did something a little crazy…and totally out of character for me.
I bought a last-minute ticket and flew to Cleveland, OH to surprise my brother on his 30th Birthday.
I flew in super late on Thursday and flew home yesterday afternoon. It was a fast and jam-packed trip that was both tiring and really fun, but all of the travel and stress were 100 percent worth it to see the look on my brother’s face when I popped out at his surprise party.
My brother knew my parents and Asher were flying in for the week to visit with family, but he was completely clueless about his surprise party, and he never would have guessed that I would ever make an appearance.
He knows how busy I have been lately, and honestly, I really don’t leave the house very often. I’m kind of a homebody and I have a semi-hard time taking time off from actual work. But I don’t know, something about this trip and seeing him and surprising him on his birthday was feeling right.
Plus, I knew there was most likely some shopping that would take place with my brother’s girlfriend…which we did, we literally shopped till we dropped.
It was the best…she’s kind of the best 🙂
Anyway, I’m pretty sure I was a big part of Creighton’s birthday, which I never ever thought I could do, but I think I did.
My brother was so beyond excited to see me, like he almost cried, which made me almost cry, and I kind of think my mom did cry. Everyone told me they got tears in their eyes just watching.
I mean, jeez, make a girl feel good or what.
It was also great to see family and friends, most of which I have not seen in forever. So all in all, it was a pretty great trip.
I will not lie though, it was a little sad to leave everyone. Missin’ my Cleveland family just a little bit at the moment.
But I did get to take care of my little goats and chickens once I got home… so kind of good to be home too.
And I want to tell you all about this fresh basil salad with prosciutto wrapped melon and toasted seed rolled goat cheese. Isn’t it pretty?? I figured it would be the prefect thing to detox us all after a most likely busy weekend. Which by the way, how was everyone’s weekend? I hope your weather was nice and you all saw some great fireworks!! It was not crazy hot in Ohio, but there was no rain and we had a sunny 4th, so I would say mine was pretty great!
It totally could have used this healthy salad though, I had people handing me margaritas, beers and all kinds of drinks that I just sort of let chill in my hand. All good stuff, but honestly, drinking still really isn’t for me, so I held my own, semi-looked the part and just kind sipped…but shhh don’t tell anyone!
Ok, but this salad, it’s perfect! Full of color, simple flavors and just plain healthiness!!
The prosciutto wrapped melon is my favorite, but the toasted seed rolled goat cheese is HIGH on my list too. Plus, a basil salad?? I mean, yes please!!
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After a long summer weekend of red, white and blues… bring on the greens!
Holy guacamole! I substituted brie for goat cheese because that’s what I had on hand. I used raisins, pumpkin seeds and cashews with chili pepper flakes to roll the cheese in.
This was so delicious! Honestly, this is something I would see plated at a fine catered dinner. I was so surprised at all of the flavor, yet not one ingredient was overpowering. Yum, yum, yummy!
Thank you for sharing!
Perfect! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, I love to hear that it was a hit! xxT
Wow wow wow. This might be my new favorite salad. Every time I make a HBH dish I can’t believe it came from my kitchen and not a restaurant!! Made this for my family and everyone said it was so delicious and flavorful. I threw some cut up stale bread in the oven and made homemade croutons to top this beautiful and tasty summer salad off. Will definitely make again!
Fantastic!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe out and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xxT
I have been reading your blog… binge reading… I must say the photos are stunning! What a wonderful sister you are to cook for everyone. I too have 5 brothers plus 2 sisters. I remember that the boys could NOT be filled up. They would eat it faster than it could be cooked for them. I cannot wait to make these recipes. You are doing a fantastic job here.
Hi! Thank you so much for the beyond kind words, I am so flattered! Also, yes the boys just cannot get enough food…like ever.
Again, thank you so much! Hope you are having the best week! 🙂
Oh, how fun! It is great that you could get away, I had tears in my eyes reading this.. I have not seen my brother in 4 years, and I am going to in 3 weeks… I just can’t wait. It is so cool that you get along with his girlfriend so well, now he has no choice but to marry her 🙂
I just LOVE this salad, it’s so me, can’t get enough of basil and goat cheese! So making it! By the way,I am switching to Tieghan diet, only crave and cook things from your site..
Oh my gosh, 4 years!! I cannot even imagine! I hope you two have the best time together!!!
Also, so much yes to you last line!! THANKS!:)
And again, have so much fu with your brother!
This salad has so many delicious things that I love! And second, I can only imagine how excited you and your brother were to partake in this birthday bash!
I immediately ran out and bought the ingredients for this beautiful dish. It tasted and looked GREAT! I made a few adjustments:
• a little less basil
• added spinach and arugula
• used maple smoked turkey instead of the prosciutto
• added fresh figs since I couldn’t resist them when I saw them in the store
Thanks as always for your amazing recipes! Wish I could insert my picture of the dish. It didn’t look as good as yours but it did look pretty terrific!
So happy you loved this, thanks!! Also, YUM to the figs! y favorite!!