26 August 2009

Bountiful Blessings

I just love fresh garden produce. Since we live in town we don't grow much. We've tried for years to grow good tomatoes. I remember 1 year when we had a bunch and I made and canned salsa. This year I finally said "NO MORE!" I'm so tired of planting the plants and looking forward to plump, ripe tomatoes and then watching the vines dry up and only having small green tomatoes no matter what we try. We have an herb garden and it does seem to flourish:) I make mint tea regularly in the summer. I have a recipe out of a Southern Living that I've become addicted to the past month. It has mint and lemonade concentrate in it and it is absolutely the best.
I love how the fresh mint looks all washed and ready for the tea syrup. (I also love how I can take a neat looking picture by zooming in and you can't see the mess my sink was in!!)
Fresh mint
Fresh tomatoes and sweet onion
( I like how I could zoom in on this shot and you can't see my overflowing, open dishwasher!)
These tomatoes and the onion came from friends who have huge tomatoes in abundance. Thanks Junell!

beans, blanched and ready for the freezer
I haven't done beans for years. Literally. I'm getting a little tired of grocery beans though they really aren't too bad. But when I got the chance at these I took it! They even came right to my door already picked. The sisters helped me snap them and then I just washed, blanched, bagged and froze them:) Thanks Kathy M.! You are truly a blessing to us.

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Anonymous deborah said...

Beans already picked?! That's a huge blessing! Picking is the worst part! I would love to have some of those huge tomatoes to do juice! I can't seem to do very well growing them!

August 26, 2009 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger alee said...

yum! fresh mint tea is one of my favorites too!
I am also trying to enjoy all the yummy fresh fruits of the season --
fall is quickly approaching :(.

August 26, 2009 at 11:08 PM  

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