Most of our friends love to get together and eat.

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It usually starts with an invite, and then we get together at someone’s house to enjoy a tasty meal.

This time the invitation to an easy-going dinner party was for my house, and I invited my work-out partners and their spouses.

It was a beautiful summer evening, so we were able to eat outside.

We teased our friend, Kristi, because she wore her sunflower dress that her mom sewed for her 30+ years ago, which gave the evening a youthful, carefree freshness.

How many of us can wear clothing from 30 years ago?

Her dress that night was the fun “story” of the evening. (And she looked darling in it – bright with sunflowers.)

One disappointment from our garden this year has been the beets. We’re not sure what went wrong, but they are tiny and not growing the way they should. That happens sometimes with gardening.

So when I saw this beautiful jar at Costco, I quickly snagged it (and several others to grace my pantry).


I blended up a yummy cream cheese cream dressing (1/2 cup cream cheese) with horseradish sauce (2 Tbsp. of hot horseradish), a tiny bit of cream, and then about 2 tsp. of dill.

Oh, boy! Delicious.

The salad was basic greens from the garden, washed, dried, and spun.

Tossed with red cabbage and dressing.

Fresh ground pepper and feta cheese.

And lovely beets off to the side.

To me, beet salad is the essence of summer.

And I think everyone really loved it, too.

How do you use beets in the summertime in your cooking?