Posts tagged ‘vegetable garden’

More Tomato Harvest Ideas

Here is my un-recipe for home grown tomato sauce to be used for spaghetti, pizza sauce, casserole’s… anything your little heart desires!

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Continue Reading September 29, 2009 at 11:46 am 1 comment

Back to the Garden

We haven’t been in the garden lately.  I’ve been blessed with rain and extra hands but I’ve missed visiting on a daily, sometimes twice daily basis.

Here is what has been going on while I was away.

garden bean flour in the corn

I discovered that not all of my beans died and they have even begun to flower.

garden clem bennet heirloom sweet corn

I have two different varieties of corn that are doing well.  The one above is an heirloom sweet corn called Clem Bennet.  Below is a Blue Pop Popcorn Variety.

garden blue pop corn

I even spotted a couple ears beginning to bulge and  show silks!

garden corn silks

I love how the cucumber flowers have mini cucumbers sneaking up behind them on the stem.

garden cucumber flour

But even better than that is a cucumber ready for one of my Thinglets to pick for tonight’s salad!

garden cucumber

Eggplant flowers are amazingly pretty and I have two varieties to pick from.  I can’t wait to make Barbequey Ratatouille with my garden fresh eggplant.

garden eggplant flour

garden eggplant flour 2

This jalapeno was so well disguised beneith the dark similiarly shaped leaves I didn’t even spot it until it was near seven inches long!

garden jalapeno

 Below my re purposed crib rails protect the lettuce from the hot sun and provide a trellis for the cucumbers to climb.

garden lettuce patch

September 2, 2009 at 9:00 am 11 comments

Curly Cucumber Coil

garden cucumber curl

 

Please visit the others by clicking the picture below!  There are so many great photographers that participate!

August 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm 17 comments

Summer Slackin’

See I’m silly, do you suspect my serious compulsion? thing 1 pie I have a compulsion for words and I love alliteration! 🙂 

That aside, I spent the time it takes to brew my morning coffee swatting flies!  Why flies you ask?  My darling Thinglets can not resist the great outdoors but since mom doesn’t cook during the summer they also can’t resist multiple trips indoors for a snack.  During the summer I slack in the eating and the cleaning department, I reserve most of my cleaning rampages for the dreary days of winter.  Please pay close attention to the word MOST as I am not good at practicing what I preach! 

The result is a summer slackin’ mamma, several snackin saps and a serious amount of smackin’ stinkin’ segmented sailing suckers!

Since I’ve been a regular participator in Linda’s weekly blog carnival, previously “What’s for Dinner Wednesday” I decided I couldn’t let down the troops so this week I don’t have a recipe but more of a slackers gluten free survival map!

thing 2 pieNever fear though, I will be back soon with full tummy recipes since in the Northwest summer is but a passing fancy!  We have guests this week and I plan to bring you my brother in law’s (Lil Sis’ Hubby) “Famous Fish Taco” recipe.  So tune in next week!

In the mean time-

Gluten Free Goof’s Slacker’s Survival Map:

The first stop is my sock drawer!  No I don’t have any science experiments brewing in there just a “treasure map” of sorts that helps me get my head out of the clouds when it comes time to eat!  Food preparation is one area that I am somewhat of a procrastinator.  I am not confident, I am picky and yet I have grand ideas that often flop (unless my hubby is helping- he is an uninhibited cook)!  Sooo, it helps me to have a simple plan to fall back on and yet not be bound to! 

Sounds much too complicated for FOOD!  For crying out loud those six mouths are simply six pie holes!

After I have fished out my treasure map I wistfully make a paper airplane out of it and send it sailing off of the deck, past the pigs, the horses, and the vegetable garden where I am reminded there are numerous summertime bubba pietreasures we don’t get to enjoy everyday!  Second stop, garden of weedin where we get our veggies fix’!

If there is extra time and I want to impress the rats I might stop by the BBQ on the way back to the house and create a dish for the critics!

When there is no extra time my map ends up as fuel for the barbecue and I whip up my go to summer meal complete with Sweet Baby Ray’s drizzly grin!

Occasionally I forget the whole thing and let my seven year old create his own masterpiece!

So in case there is any question, my treasures are featured all over this page!  No need for maps or compasses my husband and I have been thoroughly blessed with the four adorable children God has trusted us with!

Psalm 127:3-5
3Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
       children a reward from him.

 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
       are sons born in one’s youth.

 5 Blessed is the man
       whose quiver is full of them.
       They will not be put to shame
       when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

pee wee pieAaarg, I hope you’ve enjoyed this treasure hunt, come back next week for a seriously good installment of Linda’s new and improved “What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free” and don’t forget to visit the others this week!

July 29, 2009 at 10:02 am 9 comments

Garden Scavenger Hunt

In my garden this week I found a few volunteers so I though it would be fun to show you and see if you can identify the impostors.

Maybe this isn’t a scavenger hunt. I don’t know what to call it but the object is to look at my garden pictures and find which thing does not belong.

One of these things is not like the other.

1. Here is my mint patch, can you find the impostor and identify it?

mint

 quiz1

2. The first picture below is a sweet pepper and the second is a volunteer in the pepper row, can you identify it?

pepper

 

quiz2

3. I have ten red onion plants with another stray plant in that row too, can you tell what the second picture is?

onion

quiz3

4.  In this picture you might see leaves of another plant happily growing in the shade of my cucumber.

cucumber

5. Here in the cilantro is a happy imposter that I promptly pulled out after taking this picture.

cilantro

6. Below is the corn field and a plant that I purposely put between rows to save room, can you identify it? 

7.You may see yet another inter-cropper in this picture.

corn

8. Here is one more plant I intercropped at the other end of the corn field can you name it?

corn2

Happy hunting!  I will mail seeds to anyone who can correctly identify all of these plants by Monday 7/13/09.  If you get all eight correct I will email you to get your address.  Have fun 🙂

July 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm 5 comments

In the garden now.

I made a big boo boo the other day.  I spent a good part of my day in the garden and though I don’t usually let the Bubba in with me he was especially curious as to what I was up to.  The boys all wanted a tour so I let them follow me around while I took a bunch of pictures of my new plants and since I can’t harvest yet it was a nice distraction.  We have some new things in the garden this year that I’ve never grown.  I had no idea what the red onions would look like…

onions

Thing 1 took one of the “leaf thingies” chopped it up and harvested it away in a small bowl with tin foil.  It is in the frig waiting to go into a stir fry or some soup.  The tops are very strong and Thing 2 spit it out saying “SPICY!”

Of course, the Bubba couldn’t wait to get in to the action so he snagged a couple leaves, half chewed them up and then spat onto the ground saying “Ack, ick!” just like he had seen Thing 2 do.

I had no idea how quickly I would be adding on to my potato “cage”…potato flour

Ack, we can’t have flowers!  I’ve actually got to re-build my frame because the original one is not working.  Hurry hurry, I’ve got to get those buds burried!  That’s a job the Thingles can do, they love to play in the dirt.

I am hopeful that the new varieties of corn that I purchased specifically for their short growing season will yield some sort of crop this year.  I have a 4×6 area of three different varieties! 

I’m a girl, I couldn’t make up my mind!!corn

I love the red stalks on this heirloom black mexican.

My cucumbers have a long way to climb up this repurposed crib rail and will hopefully provide shade so I can have a longer season of harvesting lettuce.cucumber

My peas also have a long long way to go.  The boys can’t wait to play in their tepee fort! peas

The boo boo was when I came to the herbs and showed the boys how to chew on a sprig of mint.  Now I’m having to follow the Bubba around everywhere, “NO not THAT leaf,” then in two seconds more when he has a handfull of weeds “NOT THAT EITHER!”  What a dumb idea mom!  I’ve now spent the better part of the last few days teaching him that not all plants are safe to eat!  

“You have to ASK first!”  I scold.  Its scarry, I was dumb! I’ve put the big boys on “plant patrol” and poor Bubba can’t quite get it he leans down to every green thing napweed, sunflower or otherwise then obediently looks over at me and asks “Please!?” just like I told him to do.

I think the tomato buds are pretty in a strange sort of way.  The big boys couldn’t resist touching the tiny green tomatoes on the sweet 100, they are now with the bowl of onion “leaf thingies”.tomato flowers

Despite the toddler sized setbacks I am quite please with our garden and Thing 1 claims to know all the plants by name!  I couldn’t be prouder… cillantro

…well maybe just a little, I AM quite proud of this tiny plant since until this year I’ve never had luck growing cilantro!

June 22, 2009 at 7:49 pm 17 comments

I did NOT stick to the plan.

You might remember this…garden

its my overly ambitious garden plan and yet even this was not enough for me!

I’ve had everything in the ground for over two weeks now and most everything looks great but I was getting impatient waiting for the cucumbers, bell peppers and a few other things to come up.  Yesterday it poured rain and today I have brand new baby cilantro, bell peppers and cucumbers!

But….

Before visiting the garden today I had an appointment in town, while there my Grandma and I with all four kids just happened to take a walk to a garden store of all places.  Now I’m sure you all know that was not planned!  We  just had to walk off our large helpings of ice cream and who would have known there is a great garden shop just a few blocks from Grandma’s house?  Oh dear, how many veggies can I carry?  Well, I’ve got three kids who walk on their own and the two of us that makes five new plants right?

I did get two of the one thing I was looking for.  Now that’s an interesting anomaly.  I really wanted to try eggplant this year even though I’m doubtful if I will like the texture.  Most people I have asked suggested getting a unique variety not the long Japanese type since I’m picky.  So of course when they had two different types I had to try one of each.

Wouldn’t you know they also had Early Girl Tomato’s.  I neglected to plant one this year and couldn’t pass her up.  Not to mention I’ve got five other tomatoes in my garden! ACK!  Thank goodness the cilantro came up.  Can you guess what everyone is getting for Christmas?  Canned salsa… you know you want some!

I also found a cute little plant that claims it is a deer resistant, drought tolerant and vigerous growing variety of ornamental rasberry.  Ooh, I couldn’t resist!

June 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm 5 comments


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Many of you have been checking back for results on my sourdough creation. At the moment it is still a science experiment, but a happy, bubbly experiment. Never fear, recipes will be here! I did make a beautiful, moist and delicious loaf of sourdough using yeast and a myriad of other ingredients but I'm still trying to create something more user friendly. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a starter on the counter that you could add 4 things to and have a loaf of bread by dinner? Mmmm! Attempt #1 - rose well but resulted in a dense chewy blob Attempt #2 - rose ok but was thin and lifeless then fell and another dense (not so chewy) blob Attempt #3 - to the dogs! Attempt #4 - A sourdough pancake success see post under what's for breakfast gluten-free goof? Ongoing - I've tried several more times and am going to try a completely different approach on the bread starting this week. (Mar 18). My sourdough is still happy on my counter and it makes great pancakes but it's a lot of work just for pancakes. Keep checking! April Update: She is still kickin and I'm still workin on a yeast free, gluten free sourdough loaf! May Update: My sourdough "pet" has been dried and retired until next baking season. I've traded her in for a hotter model, the BBQ! :)
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