On an unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon, I have decided to abandon regular chores and simply enjoy the sun with a book. Since I was old enough to read I have been a fan. Not only would I escape reality by devouring entire series or favorite authors as I was growing up, I also read everything with words from the back of a cereal box to my mother's gossip magazines. Today, I try to finish "White Teeth," which was a loaner from a co-worker/friend.
The sun is warm and comforting, but at high noon, I am ready for a bite to eat. Some crackers, a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese and halved grape tomatoes with salt and pepper are the answer. Simple, satisfying and full of flavor - the tomatoes are crisp and juicy to the bite. Healthy snacking may take a second or two longer to put together than simply ripping open a bag of chips but leaves me feeling Fed Well while I linger a bit longer in the sun to read and escape reality.