It’s been a busy few weeks. Why does it seem like sometimes there’s some free time and other times there’s no time? The past few weeks have been more of a “no time” kinda. Summer flew by. I am finally resting my feet up after standing in the kitchen peeling & freezing tomatoes for the majority of the day. I’m gonna do some summer brags and talk summer garden veggies and more today.
We put in a garden in late spring and we planted okra, carrots, lettuce, peas, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and bell peppers. We harvested 4 cucumbers (total), lots of carrots, lots of lettuce, some tomatoes and none of the rest. It wasn’t a very good year for our garden. Could be because there had never been a garden in that area ever, or for a long time. Who knows.
Our daughter usually has a garden and we all know about her “manic” cucumber plant.
It blessed so many with tons and tons of cucumbers. Not to mention that it was the perfect kid summer hut!
But besides cucumbers, she’s gotten an overabundance of tomatoes like I’ve never seen before. Jalapeños are steadily coming in.
Her zucchini and squash were amazing.
Her corn while sweet and delicious didn’t produce too much unfortunately.
By the way my freezer looks, you would think that we both had a terrific harvest. *(We froze mostly because there are no jars to be had and because it takes less time.)
I’m beyond thankful! But I think I might be getting old cause each night my feet and back are sure ready for a break! I dream of hot tubs, the ocean and my hammock. Although it’s just been too warm this week for hammock time.
Summer garden veggies and more…
We have managed to get lots of pickles and fresh salsa along with frozen tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, enchilada sauce, tomato jam,
and so much more.
And although it’s been tiresome, hard work, I’m thankful for the stockpile in the pantry and the freezer. Cause there will be lots of delicious goodies that will come out of it.
As a matter of fact, I had promised our grandson that after they helped pull the last of the remaining carrots… that we would start a new tradition.
The tradition would be baking a wonderful Back To School carrot cake to honor the summer harvest. We enjoyed it tonight after his 2nd day of school.
When he took his plate to the kitchen sink he glanced over at the remaining tomatoes and he looked at me. “Yes, I know.” I told him. “I don’t want you bringing me any more tomatoes, I’m tired.” He hollered, “well, you better keep making salsa for us!” (That, I will!)
And even though we might be totally pooped and exhausted from all the canning, freezing, etc. we can still find time to play with our food.