Carole shared her tomatoes. The Foster garden was much larger than mine so they had many more tomatoes, lots of cucumbers, tons of peas & too many ears of corn. DH & I & friends are the beneficiaries!
Raspberries have begun to ripen.
Peas, okra, peppers & a few tomatoes are still making.
I have canned over 4 dozen pints & a dozen quarts of my salsa, lots of tomatoes, thanks to Carole. We have quarts of lacto-fermented cucumber pickles in the refrigerator. Purple hull peas are in the freezer awaiting the holidays when the boys will be home. Okra we are enjoying when there is a mess to fry.
I have planted some veggies for autumn: broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkins, chard, turnips. It is tempting to pull the tomatoes so I can get spinach & lettuces started! Next year the summer garden will be larger & outside my fence. DH is taking ownership of the tomatoes, though I will be the one canning salsa.
How about a recipe? Sorry I haven’t published one lately.
Marinated Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad
Adapted from Food.com; adapted from Beaverdam Creek Farm
- 3 medium Cucumbers, sliced 1/4” thick
1 medium Sweet Onion, sliced & separated into rings
1 cup Cocktail Tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup raw Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons raw Honey
3/4 cup Water
2 teaspoons Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Spearmint, chopped optional
- Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
Chill 2 hours before serving.
Flew to Dallas to visit dear friends & high school friends of DH.
Although the high school was in Memphis, these folks now live in the Dallas area. Last year Jim & Mark came to dinner with us at Dave & Joni’s house. So much laughter, so much fun, Dave & DH scheduled a reunion one year later.
This time another high school friend living in Phoenix wanted to join us. Fred & his wife flew in Saturday morning, he was speaking at a conference the following week in Grapevine. Fred also invited 2 other friends who are Dallas locals.
I awakened early Saturday morning & got busy in the kitchen. A raw fruit salad & 2 raw vegetable salads = lots of prep! Chicken breasts in marinade so Dave could grill them with the steaks he had selected.
Whipped Cream Horseradish Sauce, Jalapeño Poppers (from my garden), my own version of the Rendezvous Platter, tortilla chips, guacamole & my homemade salsa, cold watermelon (from my garden). Yep, I was in the kitchen all day…all day, literally!
Mark & his wife brought a lovely cheese tray with fig preserves & roasted pecans.
Jim & his wife brought a case of incredible wines. Lezli brought 2 lovely wines; we opened them first! Fred & his wife brought dessert. So much food!
Another evening of laughter, fun, conversation. Bet we get together again next year!
Physician. FBI agent (retired). University professor. Safety expert for nuclear facilities. Managing director of an international investing & banking firm. Commercial real estate. Members of the class of 1972…except that DH skipped a year & graduated early & Jim moved to Kansas to graduate. Anyway, an amazing assortment of talent!
Why the clouds? After everyone left…late, it took until just after 1 am to reclaim the kitchen.
DH had already gone to bed. Dave stayed up almost to the end. Joni, the nightingale, dried & put away dishes. I stood there & watched.
DH & I had to be at the airport by 4:30am for an early flight. We were getting up at 3:30. Why in the world would I take make-up off, change into a nightgown then go to bed to sleep less than 2 hours just to get up, put on make-up & get dressed? So I stayed up.
DH & I dropped the rent car at the agency which was not open & was not running it’s shuttle to the airport, then we walked the half mile rolling our bags behind us to Love Field. Easy walk though I wasn’t wearing a good walking shoe. Little ouchie.
Having not slept in over 24 hours, I couldn’t get comfortable on the plane, so I started taking photos of the pretty clouds out the window.
Arrived home. After a quick breakfast, DH heads to the property. I’m going to nap at home because the first Christmas choir rehearsal later in the afternoon.
Alas, DH & Harry start texting & include me.
No sleep. Dehydrated.
Not going to be in good voice this afternoon.
Exercise early in the morning. Then DH to the oral surgeon.
I sure hope I sleep well tonight.
burning trash pile behind the house
Not hurrying this morning. The sky was overcast with the threat of rain…again. Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da- – my phone is ringing with Harry’s special ringtone. Loud. Insistent! Something’s up.
“Are you coming out here this morning?” “Yes, I’m about to load the car. Why?” “Well, Johnny’s guys are here working & Johnny has some questions for you.” “I’m on my way right now.”
His crew has opened the window into what will be the exercise room. DH & I have talked about this for weeks. We finally pulled the trigger – put a window in & get us a price for flooring. We don’t have Sea-Doos, a boat, fancy cars or a country club membership. We exercise. It keeps us healthy & strong & we like it!
The electrical inspection completed – PASSED!
Now we have the plumbing, mechanical…
The giant sunflowers have grown larger than I had ever imagined. The heads are drooping, so heavy they are with seeds.
The smaller sunflowers I am leaving for the birds. Goldfinches in particular have enjoyed them & entertained us.
All About Birds – Cornell School of Ornithology
Next time DH & I visit our Moms we will take each one a giant head to hang on their bird feeders.
Middle Tennessee has had an abundance of rain this summer. This has kept grass growing in the pastures & with no ruminants to eat it, DH & I have stayed on the tractor, I wearing DH’s Judge in the event I see a snake or have to walk out in the high grass.
Actually I have left most of the bush-hogging to him until recently. The pastures have grown over our heads & is encroaching on our neighbors. One thing is certain – we need to get the house finished so I can have cattle & goats & hens & … Well, you get the picture.
The garden has decreased output except for Pink Eye Purple Hull Peas. Who
knew Lu liked raw peas…
The jalapeño peppers are going crazy now that the tomatoes have backed off a bit.
We also have a abundance of May Pops, otherwise known as Passion Fruit. Though I have pulled every vine I have seen as it emerged near the garden, I obviously missed quite a few! (a recipe for jelly!) They have grown in the strawberry bed, okra & the berry bramble. On the perimeter fence of the garden, in the pastures… Is there anywhere on this property that they don’t grow? Nope!
Sorry I haven’t updated lately, but gardening, canning veggies & 4 hours a day on the tractor up & down the hills, through grass too deep to tell when the ground falls has left me fatigued.