Sunday, June 24

Oh How Our Garden Grows

I have to add my disclaimer here again:  I am not a photographer.  Not a professional. Not an amateur. Not a photographer at all.  Got it? Okay then...let's move on.

Here are some (not great) photos from my garden.  I take some each year so I can remember what I planted, what I want to plant again, and what didn't work at all.  By next spring I'll have completely forgotten what grew this summer so this is a good way to jog my memory. 

Marigolds are awesome. They love the sun and they'll keep spreading until this whole flower bed is filled with bright yellow.  And they'll last through the fall.




Petunias are my favorite.  Wave petunias are the best kind.



These petunias surprised us when they sprouted up around my herb pots.  We didn't plant them. They just came back from last year (they're not supposed to do that).


These are also Petunias that sprouted back up from last summer.  That mild winter must have kept the roots alive.





Acorn Squash. Roast with oil, salt and brown sugar.







Fried Green Tomatoes [not the movie]

Friday night we ate from our garden.  In a last minute decision we asked our next door neighbors to come over for dinner and we used what he had at our house to throw together a meal. 

We started with this...


and this...


And ended up with this...
Fried Green Tomatoes


and this...
Super Sweet Corn


We combined it with venison burgers and had happy, full tummies at the end of the meal.  I l-o-v-e, LOVE having a garden!  It has saved me so many trips to the grocery store.  So thankful my husband and daughter are into gardening because I pretty much stick with growing flowers and herbs.

A recipe for traditional fried green tomatoes is below.  They are so easy to make and super yummy.  But this weekend I used The Neely's recipe because it adds a little spice and used panko bread crumbs, which is my favorite way to crisp a recipe up.

Traditional Fried Green Tomatoes
Cut tomatoes 1/4 inch thick.  Sprinkle both sides with salt and black pepper.  Dredge in flour.  Then dip tomatoes in a mixture of 2 eggs and 1/2 cup milk.  Then dredge in corn flour.  Fry in in vegetable oil until golden brown and crispy.

Friday, June 22

Peach Blueberry Tart - Recipe

The peach blueberry tart I made yesterday, when my house was way too quiet, received rave reviews from my neighbors and my husband, so it's worth sharing the recipe.  I have to be honest here, I didn't do a lot of research or testing to find a good recipe.  It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to make a tart (I even had to borrow vanilla from a neighbor) and I chose the recipe because it had the prettiest picture on Google.  My research is quiet scientific you see.

Blueberry Peach Tart on MyRecipes.com 


I'm always good with substituting certain ingredients for slightly healtheir ones.  In this recipe you can use whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour instead of regular white flour, and plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

My peaches came from the farmers market last weekend and the blueberries I picked at a local farm a few weeks ago and froze.  When you pick or buy your produce locally it taste so much better than what you get in the store!  I urge you to try it.

This is a very easy treat to make.  And fast.  And refreshing.  So go bake...and share with your neighbors.  They'll love you for it. And if you don't know any neighbors introduce yourself with a tart.




Thursday, June 21

A Pretty Peach Blueberry Tart

My home was way too quiet today.  Maggie went with Grammy to visit cousins in Texas, baby was taking marathon naps, and husband was working.  So, I baked.  I haven't tried this little tart yet but it sure looks pretty.  Pilates first.  Then sweets.  I'll enjoy it later tonight.  And if it's good, I'll link to the recipe.  If it's not, I'll try again soon with a new recipe.

Let's be honest here. I'm not a professional photographer.  I'm never going to be.   And I'm a busy mom.  Most photos are taken with an iPhone.  The photos you see here will never be print quality.  Darn.