|Helpers- while I harvested basil, they ate onion tops. They always have onion breath in the summer.|
|cherry tomatoes. SO STINKIN' GOOD.|
|A cucumber is a beautiful thing.|
|peppers of all sorts|
|Last week I consolidated all of my canning storage nooks and crannies around the house and cleared out my canning cupboard. This is what was left from last year. Then I filled it back up with new goodies!|
|Basil by the bowlful. (Made into pesto for the freezer)|
|Not sure what's up with all the headless pictures lately. This is cilantro and Adele' in a stained dress. That would be lipgloss, by the way. Mine.|
|green beans (I froze this particular batch.)|
|The tomatoes are fitting tables bettter than bowls- it was time to bring out the sawhorse summer kitchen!|
|We Newmans can really rock some awesome hair.|
|salsa with a bit of corn.|
The kitchen chores don't really stop this time of year. If it isn't one thing, it's another. Or more accurately, it is often one thing AND another. I try to get caught up and then a new harvest rolls in.
I even gave two whole big baskets of cucumbers away just to get to the ones in the garden! And while I work in the garden I am singing songs that go something like this:
I hear a lot of people talking these days about fall and I just shake my head, willing them to stop. I didn't get my fill of summer yet. I wait and I wait for summer to come, and then it comes and it flies by. But I think, by the time canning season is over, I will happily let the new seasons roll in and the quiet of winter to settle down upon this kitchen.
But not yet. We haven't cracked open any of our NINE gorgeously huge watermelons yet! (There WOULD have been ten except one day I saw a large watermelon in the back of Judah's tricycle. He had picked it and was proudly hauling it around the yard-and though it was a cute sight, it was NOT cool.)
Besides, I have spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove to can and a million cucumbers to pickle. I wish I knew of something OTHER than pickles to do with cucumbers to preserve them for winter.
One can only have so many pickles, I think.