love to garden

busy busy busy! Wow – August has taken off with a running start and shows no signs of slowing down… traveling for shows, making deliveries, meeting clients and then simply life in general, well, my time has been limited in my garden – but everything is thriving just the same!

Tomatoes look amazing – still vey green but growing heavier and fuller everyday.

Basil is just going wild – I have plenty of pesto for this fall and winter and more to make! Swiss chard is abundant as is the cilantro and parsley…my corn is doing well – what finally made it that is (I planted three separate times!) – but still unsure if there is enough for pollination (thus actual corn)…just have to wait and see I guess… The pumpkins are out of control and I will have pumpkin for months! They seeded themselves in my very rustic compost as well as one of my flower beds – the oversized leaves are a beautiful addition to my gladiolas and lily’s…I used some of my compost to feed my flower beds (the seeds were dormant and well, are now a welcome and unexpected addition to my flower bed). I also planted a few in my garden – we will have no shortage of jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin penne or curried pumpkin soup this year!

Here’s a few pics I took myself the last time I was picking green beans and weeds…thankfully the mosquitos were forgiving – unlike lately!


lemonade anyone?

I came across this recipe a few weeks ago in an old Betty Crocker cookbook, “Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls”, 1957. Finn recently picked it up at our local freebie barn, during one of our weekly ‘dump’ visits. He was attracted to the cover – a young boy and girl happily helping their mother prepare food…in classic 50’s style…any book with kids on it, he has to have…

Later that day while we were looking through it (interesting and odd food photos by the way), I came across this recipe. I was so excited because I had just been thinking about how nice it would be to have fresh lemonade and here was a recipe for ‘Party Lemonade!’  Who doesn’t love a party, I had to try it – it was so good I had to share.

I personally like my lemonade a bit more on the tart side, if you favor a sweeter version, juice fewer lemons…

Ingredients and how to: (I’ve slightly adapted it)

In pitcher stir – 1/2 cup sugar (I used raw cane   sugar)

 Add -1/2 cup hot water

Add – juice of 6-7 lemons

1 lemon, sliced very thin

1 quart (32 oz., 4 cups) cold water

Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon.

Pour into tall chilled glasses, over ice,

garnish with lemon.

Try adding these too…

finely chopped or muddled fresh basil

fresh strawberries

fresh raspberries

mint leaves

club soda

vodka or specialty vodka like Organic Square One Cucumber Vodka (so yummy!)

thinly sliced cucumber

any suggestions?

drink your vitamin C, stay cool and enjoy!

Happy Summer