Sunday, August 2, 2009

Orzo Pasta Salad & Thank YOU Rocky Creek Scotties!

Geezers...tis been a full week since I posted. Summer has proven
to be quite busy around our neck of the woods. Our little
tomato garden is flourishing with plump and juicy little
red delights.
A perfect time to whip up an Orzo pasta salad...
...with fresh basil, green onions, sliced tomatoes & mozzarella cheese.
For the recipe, go to the end of this post.

Remember the Stick Out Your Tongue contest over at Rocky Creek Scottie Adventures blog?
Our Duhgall boy won his first contest and his name was drawn from the over 130 entries.
His package arrived the other day in the mail ....
...with a sweet note tucked inside from Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java. I did point out
to Duhgall that he is to share with Miss Fi....yeh, right!
Aren't they just the cutest bunch of tongue waggin' sweeties? I am sure life on the farm is plentiful with gratuitous doggy licks and lap naps.
Duhgall had quite a fun time with his special delivery.

Before I break into the story, let me share this precious chenille scottie that was tucked inside for Moi. Thank you, Lynn!
Now onto the doggie booty....Lots of fun things ....
...check out that tongue chewy! Oh, and I have been wanting a traveling dog bowl, too!
This is just a riot!
The "tail" goes as this:
I tell Duhgall that he got a box delivered and he comes running out of nowhere all yippy skippy, tail wagging and doing that little jovial bouncy scottie run.
Out to the porch we go...a bit confused as how this box got there...but after
some sniffin' he soon lost interest in the method of delivery...

....and had to stretch before beginning the task of getting the box opened.
"Maybe if I sink in one of my rat-tearing canines, I can get this box opened!"
Duhgall finally gets that boxed opened up and no sooner does he pull something out, little Fiona runs off with each item!
Pardon the blurry photos, but this is a day of joy for our busy pooches! Fiona says, "Look Maw! This is bigger than me!"

What else is in there Duhgall?
He diligently checks out each and every treat!
Oh, Oh! Don't shred that cute pillow!
...and they both are quite interested, as you can see.
Perhaps I can distract them away from my stuffed scottie and interest them in the string chewy....seems to be working....

Duhgall LOVES the tongue chewy and took off into the living room with it. Miss Fiona was really wanting to have first grabs...but the bigger dog exercises his "alpha" role....
...and chews.....
....she waits.....
...and she waits......
....and moves in a tad closer....
...he chews...
...and chews....
.....and chews some more.

Thank you so much, Rocky Creek Scottie Adventures Clan!
The dogs LOVE all of the wonderful gifts ~~ as you can see!


Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo Pasta
8 -10 cherry tomatoes
8 fresh basil leaves
2 green onions
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of fresh mozzarella cheese - cubed

Boil two cups of orzo according to the instructions on the box.
Drain and put the orzo in a bowl and stir in 2 Tblsp of extra virgin olive oil. Cover and refrigerate till cooled.
Slice the cherry tomatoes in quarter slices (little wedges). Chop the green onion and basil leaves. Cube the mozzarella cheese.
Add all ingredients into the pasta and stir. I usually add more olive oil to the pasta (about another 2-3 tablespoons). Salt and pepper to taste.



Jocelyn said...

awww, how cute, and congratulations on your award winning pups :-)

Thimbleanna said...

What a CUTE post! Even doggies love getting a package in the mail. Your orzo salad looks delicious -- thanks for posting!!!

Leane said...

I love your blog! I also have a scotty dog collection at my house (not the real kind, but someday i'd like a scotty dog and westie!) My real dogs are a Cairn terrier (very much similar to your Fi--in color..!) and a corgi. And cherries are part of my decor. Kitchen especially..anyway i'm enjoying it here and will keep returning to read more! hugs to your doggles from my doggles.

Martine said...

That salad looks delicious! I used fresh basil this weekend... YUM! My favotie is to add it to a regualr lettuce salad! Delicious!

Bailey also got her package, unfortunetly my dad was out of town and my mom didn't take any photos! Dang!

Your pups looked so cute with their prizes!!!

:) Martine

ann @ the handley bungalow said...

Your dogs are the cutest! I will try your pasta salad, too. Sounds delightful! Sincerely, Ann

Risa said...

This looks so summery! I'll definitely have to try this!

Mimi Sue said...

What cute little dogs you have! Maybe Dughall will share a little better tomorrow. They're so lucky to win those great prizes. Our little garden is full of tomatoes and I'm always looking for a new way to use some up. I'll be making that salad this week for sure. Mimi

Cal said...

Congrats to Duhgall. I enjoyed the series of pics. Made me smile. And thanks for the recipe.
Cal x

Duke said...

The tongue chewy is hysterical! What a haul you got, Duhgall! Your mom's Scottie pillow is just beautiful!
Thank you for the Orzo salad recipe! We are drooling!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sal said...

I have just got to try that Salad! The tomatoes are coming along quite nicely in the greenhouse now!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

We are so pleased that Duhgall and Fi enjoyed their package. It was our extreme pleasure to send it to them.

On to the Orzo Pasta Salad - looks like a great recipe and when our "slow" tomatoes start coming in we might have to give it a try.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Java and Lynn

Dawn said...

What a cute post. I think it's so funny that dogs like to open packages! It's become a tradition to let our dogs open their very own Christmas or birthday presents.

Julie said...

Love the photos. What a neat winning "prize", and gift from a friend. love the pillow. The salad looks awesome.
I made a salad Saturday with pasta, zucchini, bacon, onions and tomatoes. I have fresh basil on my deck!!! Why didn't I think of that??!! I'll have to try yours.
Wanted to let you know I got the Vintage Cottages book from the library and DID love it. You know one of my favorite parts was the story in the front of the book of the doggie they took into their home. Made me tear up at the end...
Thanks for sharing your fun doggy post.

Colleen said...

The salad looks awesome and the dogs are just too dang cute!

Julie said...

What a fun gift, I just love the dog. And yes they are very cute doggies!!
Thanks for the recipe!

Kasey said...

pasta looks wonderful.
your doggies are cute.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I laughed out loud at the two of them opening the package! Too cute....

That salad sounds perfect for summer. Thanks for the recipe!

white o'morn cottage said...

Priceless! A great post. Great treats, great it! Pam

Rochelle said...

hah cute the two of them! Did Fi finally get any treats from Dughall? It looks like she wasn't letting up on him!

Miss Jean said...

My goodness! Fiona is getting so big. (I'm not talking about your weight, Fiona. I would never say that about a little lady - not polite.) She's turning into quite the beauty, isn't she? Congrats to Mr. D! He doesn love his presents.

That salad looks wonderful!

Bella Della said...

I am totally stealing that recipe. Thanks for sharing. I was wondering what to do with that basil in my post today. The doggies are so cute! I love seeing them.

Unknown said...

Oh how cute is that!? The salad looks yummy! I'll have to give it a try....


Kathleen Grace said...

The tongue chewy toy is hilarious! I want to try the orzo salad. A friend of mine brought a salad with orzo, spinach, pine nuts and feta to dinner the other night. It was so good. We have lots f fresh basil in the garden though and this sounds like a great way to use it. Thanks Becky:>)

the wild raspberry said...

i love her sneakiness ;)

i'm going to turn red from all the tomatoes i've been eating! yummy...


Unknown said...

That salad looks amazing! And love the chenille scottie:)


cherry said...

What lucky give-away! tht pillow is so sweet and will be perfect in your abode. xoxo,c herry

Natasha Burns said...

Oh Becky how gorgeous are Duhgall and Fiona! I love the pics of them and the way they are so intent on Duhgall's treats! I totally understand the blurry dog pic thing, I can't seem to get a clear shot of my dog either, they just move too much!
The Orzo salad looks SO scumptious, you are making me crave Summer! I can't wait! xo

Debbie said...

Your dogs are so Cute! And thanks for the salad recipe I am going to try it this weekend!

Julie B. [Holland] said...

I just agree with the other posts, your dogs and the pillow are so sweet. Thanks for sharing your time with us and your pictures. I enjoy them every day .... Julie in Holland

Lallee said...

Duhgall, I always knew you were a winner and this sure proves it!
What delightful fun he and Fiona had with all the prizes. Typical Scotties through and through--horders! LOL I must look for that ever so lovely ;-) tongue toy. It seems to have been a big hit.

The Scottie pillow is just the sweetest. Would you put it on the guest bed please? I think I'll come over for lunch today if you have some of the yummy salad left. It's a long trip so I'll need to rest over.

Love you bunches,

GranthamLynn said...

Oh how fun. I love the pillow too. I am sure you'll find an adorable way to display it. I might really look cute in Fi's! bed. You know it is white!. Thanks I always enjoy my visit. And I want to try your recipe. We have tomatoes and I am working on a fall garden. I hope to start growing some basil.
Have a Blessed Week,

Susie Q said...

What an adorable post Becky! And what lucky Dughall! See how sweet he is to share with his sissy Fiona!
LOVE the tongue toy! *giggle*
Such a fun give away!!

The orzo salad looks delicious. I copied down the recipe right away!!


Dawn said...

Becky, I came across this Wordless Wed. post and thought Duhgall and Miss Fiona might like it.


Elyse said...

the orzo pasta salad looks delish! just the recipe i need because i have a house full of pasta lovers and am running out of ideas!

ruff ruff grrrr ruff
(congrats on the win)


Emma said...

Well done on winning!
I love the happy excited tip-tap run that scotties have, mine often howls aswell!
I also want to thank you for your sweet message on the wonderful Dutch mans birthday picnic post...he was really touched that you made a comment, as we always read your blog...and the harsh reality is that he is in love with Miss fi....i cannot say i blame him, she is divine!
Thank you again, Emma xxx

Brenda said...

I love your scotty dogs, they are just adorable and sooo cute with a lot of PERSONALITY!

What a cute post! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for stopping by!

You are so sweet! Hugs to you and your little doggies!

Simply Shelley said...

Hi, I had so much fun catching up on your blog. As always I love seeing your precious little doggies. Congrats to sweet little Duhgall on his win. Looks as if he really made a haul on his prizes.
I hope your summer has been wonderful thus far...


Holly said...

Such fun in one box! How nice for all of you.

Betty said...

This post is so fun! Your dogs are adorable and Fiona is a character for sure.
I wish my tomatoes looked like yours. It was just too hot here and most of them turned yellow and fell off. Do you remember what variety you planted?

black eyed susans kitchen said...

As soon as I read the beginning of your post, and that Dughall was opening the package, I thought where is Fiona? When she came running in the room to see what was going on I totally cracked up...a little sibling rivalry...Scottie style. Very cute post.

Cindy said...

Doggie mail! LOL. I love it!

yapping cat

Robin said...

ADORABLE pictures! So happy the pups won a prize!