Caprese Bites with Balsamic Drizzle
Some things go by too quickly. Yesterday, I celebrated my oldest son’s 17th birthday. Seventeen years!!! Seriously, I know it was just last week we brought a baby boy home from the hospital, wasn’t it?
Wasn’t it just yesterday I watched him take his first steps, hear him say his first words, and see him take his first bite of solid food? What happened to the little boy who snuggled on the couch with me as we read a book together? Or the schoolboy who charmed everyone with his quick smile?
Playing catch with a 4-inch foam ball is now shooting hoops with a 29.5-inch leather ball. Shoes that fit in my hand are now shoes in which I can fit my foot – when I have my shoe on!
I used to jump higher than he did. Now he could jump over me if I let him. Yesterday he learned his ABC’s, I’m sure of it. Yet today, we’re looking at colleges.
Friends, this time with our kids goes way too fast. One more year, that is what’s left before some university lures him away and he starts a new, more independent journey. I’m going to savor this year, even more than the years before.
With that in mind, I come to this appetizer – Caprese Bites with Balsamic Drizzle. Tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic vinegar. My boy could consume a plate of these in no time they are so good. They disappear quickly as they are passed around the table. Too quick. It seems you always want just one more bite, one more taste.
These Caprese Bites also signal the end of an all-too-quick summer. By the time my tomato and basil plants produce enough to make these easy bites, summer is almost over.
Let’s face it, the season of garden-fresh tomatoes and basil is brief. All the tomatoes seem to ripen within a few short weeks, and the basil starts to go to seed at this time of year.
So use them now. Savor these healthy, fresh flavors of summer. They don’t last long. Put out a plate of these Caprese Bites and watch them disappear.
More importantly, hug your kids. Savor each moment with them. The time really does go fast.
What’s going too quickly in your life right now? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Skewers of fresh cherry tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella are topped with a velvety balsamic drizzle.
- Cherry or grape tomatoes**
- Fresh basil
- Fresh mozzarella balls
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Toothpicks for skewers
- Wash tomatoes and basil and set on clean paper towels to dry. Slice mozzarella balls into 3 or 4 slices each. Cut tomatoes in half.** (see note)
- Poke one end of a larger basil leaf with a toothpick, slide on a tomato half and a slice of the mozzarella ball. Wrap the tomato and mozzarella with basil by poking the other end of the basil leaf with the toothpick.
- Set each skewer on a plate and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
**Note: If your cherry or grape tomatoes are on the small side leave them whole instead of cutting in half.