Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Southern Summer Delight

 That moment when the tomato juice and Dukes mayo mix and turn pink...Oh my, my! 
Heaven on sliced bread!

 A summer classic and southern delight.....the tomato sandwich is hands down one of the best things about a southern summer. 

This time of year, tomatoes are in abundance all over southern gardens. The growing season starts earlier and lasts longer and with such an abundance, meals with them are, too. Earlier this spring, when I put tomato plants in the ground, my mouth began to water. I remembered last summer and years before....the sweetness, the juiciness of the tomato sandwich. It's the one thing that, when eaten, says summer is here! 
Can I get an Amen? 

I had a tomato sandwich yesterday and another one, today.


A southern staple.

Now, it dawned on me that there could be someone who has never fathomed the idea of a tomato sandwich, much less sank their teeth into one. Well, honey child, if that's you, I'm here today to enlighten you on this southern delicacy.  It's ingredients are simple. You won't even need to copy the recipe down. 
Here it is...

Tomato Sandwich 
1 garden fresh, sun-ripened tomato, sliced
2 slices white bread
Dukes mayonnaise (brands matter)
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Spread Dukes mayo on your bread. Lay on sliced tomatoes and salt & pepper to taste.

That's it! Heaven on sliced bread!
Go ahead and make yourself one. Let me know how you liked it.

Talk soon, 
Laurie 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I Thought Today Would Be The Day

We have been without cable and Internet for over a week. 
We've been calling Time Warner everyday only to be told via automated messaging that there was line maintenance being done. 
That was finished and still no service, so they sent out a technician to locate the problem. 
It seems that our line was possibly hit by lightening. 
I thought today would be the day that I could get back online, but no. 
The cable company has to send another crew to replace and bury another line. 
That means this short little post is all you're gonna get until the cable is fixed. 

Boo! 

Bummer! 

Well, I'm so sorry, but I just can't post from my iPhone like I want to. 
It's crazy trying to post pictures from it. 

Hope everyone is having a good week. I'll be back soon!

Laurie
😕

Monday, July 11, 2016

I Have A Malady


It's true. I have a malady. A heat malady! 

Y'all, I'm surprised I haven't melted. It's been in the upper 90's for almost two weeks now. 



  My poor little flowers are struggling. The Gerbera and Zinnias are surviving pretty well, but I have to give them a good soaking, daily.


The garden, on the other hand, must be related to the energizer bunny. It just keeps on going. It's been so much fun eating out of the garden. Our meal yesterday was meatless and consisted of almost all veggies coming from our garden. I bought some Crowder peas from a Mennonite shop in town and served them over rice. And then from my garden, we had sautéed squash, fried okra, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes. 
A meal to die for!

 
I'm excited at the promise of this cantaloupe.

 
The okra is doing very well.

I didn't tell you about our 4th, did I? Well, baby sista and her family spent a few days with us. It was so hot that we basically spent the whole time in the water. My nephew brought his stand-up paddle board and I tried it, but I just wasn't as thrilled with it as I originally thought I would be. It was a little difficult to get your sea-dog legs and I guess I'm a little lazy, but I didn't want to stand up the whole time. Cliff, on the other hand, had a ball. My brother-in-law pulled Lidia and Sawyer on the tube and they tried to get me on it, but I declined. Ha! 

 
 
My sister, her husband and my nephew pulling L&S on the tube.

 L&S were getting pretty brave.

 Cliff enjoying the SUP.

 
Cliff leading the children on a swim picnic. Sawyer is hauling the food on his kayak. They swam to the mandatory portage area to have their picnic.

 My brother-in-law made good on his promise to let me drive his boat.

 
My niece and Lidia cooling off. And because I just noticed their earrings, I'm calling them the Pearl Girls. Ha!

 
 You know it's hot, when you find a cow in the lake. HaHa! 
Thanks for the picture, Kaylan.



It was a great weekend. We enjoyed having family over for the 4th and look forward to another visit soon.......maybe a fall kayak trip with the sistas this fall!

Laurie

Coming soon: Canning and Refinishing my oak table

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Big Fat Green Surprise

I know y'all are probably getting sick and tired of hearing about my garden and flowers and such. And I promise not to bore you too much more with it. Well, that might be a lie. But I got a big fat green surprise, today, and I had to share it with you.


You see that tree? Just last week, Cliff was ready to cut it down and plant something different there, something prettier. He went so far as to call it a junk tree. I was about to let him do it, until today.

My sweet little neighbor came over, while I was working in the garden this morning, to bring me some of her blueberries. We were talking about the garden and about how the birds were eating her blueberries, so she was forced to pick them early.....when she mentioned that she saw I had an apple on my tree. "WHAT?!? I didn't know I had an apple tree!" So, she showed me.

Turns out that junk tree in the front yard is an apple tree. I'm so excited!!


I don't know what kind it is, yet, and there are only two apples on the whole tree. One for me and one for Cliff. Ha! Both are green like this one....so, I don't know if it's a Granny Smith or if it will change colors as it continues to mature. Maybe there's an apple expert out there that can tell me.

I tell ya, I'm amazed at all the surprises I keep finding in the yard. One day, I  might find gold!

Hope you all have a safe and Happy 4th of July! Baby Sista and her family are coming to celebrate it with us. My nephew is bringing his Stand-Up Paddle Board. I've always wanted to try paddling one. It's sure to be a good time. I'll let y'all know how it goes.


Talk soon,
Laurie





Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I Picked The Garden, Today

While at the beach last week, my mind was back in the garden. I had picked it before leaving and knew there would be some cucumbers ready when I got back, but I wasn't expecting this. The garden pretty much exploded, while I was gone. HaHa! 

Seriously, I was so excited to pick the garden, today.

Finally, cabbages were ready. The beets are still very small, but a favorite blogger of mine suggested that I could pick them small and saute them and the greens...so I did. Let me just say they were delicious. Thanks for the tip, Judy! 


I also picked a huge zucchini, a squash, a tomato, several cucumbers and okra. 
I'm just so excited we're getting all these vegetables that started out kinda iffy....you know from the frost/freeze start. Patience and perseverance sure is rewarding!


I could hardly wait to get in the kitchen and cook up some deliciousness. I sauteed some cabbage, zucchini, okra, the tiny beets and beet greens in a little olive oil and garlic. And, then sliced a cucumber and tomato to round out dinner. 

Gardens sure are worth all the hard work!

Laurie

Monday, June 27, 2016

Plum Jam

 
In just four short months, our plum tree has gone from this......
March 2016

to this thing of beauty....
March 2016

 to perfect greenness....
April 2016

 to bearing these big fat juicy plums...
June 2016

And, this is what you do with an over abundance of these golden delicious fruits...make plum jam.

I have to say this was a very easy recipe. It called for plums, sugar and a little water. One of the directions was to boil the fruit and sugar to the jelling point, about 220 degrees. But, I didn't have a thermometer, so I just guessed. The jam turned out not to be so much of a jam, but more like a thick sauce. Maybe my guessing at the temperature and boiling time was a flop, but I know for a fact it's delicious on an English muffin because that was breakfast, this morning.





Monday, June 20, 2016

In The Garden, Lately

The garden, despite the two frost/freezes in early spring leaving the plants smaller than normal, is producing some mighty good vegetables. It's hard to take a picture of the whole garden, even with my smaller lens.  After shooting this picture, I shot an aerial view from from the second floor bedroom window. 


Aerial view...late June garden.

 Cabbage and beets...I've never grown beets before and I don't really know how big they should get before harvesting. I pulled back a little dirt from one of the largest ones and it's certainly not ready, yet.

 
Cucumbers...I'm getting quite a few and I'm thrilled because the cucumber is probably my favorite vegetable. 

 
Marigolds...companions for the tomatoes.

 
Okra...I've picked a few pods and added them to stewed tomatoes, that I canned last summer, and served over rice. Oh glory! They are so good!


 
Squash and Zucchini


 
 Sunflowers to pretty the garden up.

 Tomatoes....I've picked one and there are about 3 more almost ready. I love these, too! Tomato sandwiches with Dukes mayonnaise is the best!

 
Oregano....a gift from my neighbor's garden. I've been adding it to my salads. 


Hope your gardens are doing well. It's starting to get really hot here and I don't know how much longer mine will produce. Hopefully, I still have a few weeks left.

Talk soon,
Laurie