The vegetable garden is growing so fast these past few weeks due to the hot summer days. The first part of July, the apples on our apple trees
were the size of a large marble. Now one month later, the one apple tree is ripe and ready for harvesting. We picked the apples from the one tree the other day and had two laundry baskets full. I canned apple jelly. Yummy good! My friend Jani and I canned
24 pints of applesauce this week as well.
The other apple tree should be ready to harvest the end of August or first part of September.
We plan on canning more applesauce and apple pie filling. The apple pie filling is so nice to have during the holidays and so simple to prepare. You just have to make the pie crust and then pour the apple pie filling into the pie and bake—Yummy!
A question I had rolling around in my head today-is how many ways can you prepare zucchini? I have lots of zucchini in my garden ready to be harvested.
When pondering the many ways I use zucchini, I thought about the movie Forrest Gump and his friend Bubba. Bubba
was talking about all the different ways to prepare shrimp-“Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp
is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp
soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That, that’s about it.” -Bubba
Anyway like I was sayin'—Zuccchini-You can fry it, bake it, saute it, slice it, cube it for a green salad or pasta salad. When I can my stewed tomatoes I always add zucchini. I bake zucchini bread, muffins, chocolate zucchini cake, and
chocolate zucchini brownies. After all the zucchini is harvested, I cube, slice, shred and place the zucchini in the freezer to have during the winter months. That, that's about it!
I am sure there are many more ways to prepare zucchini that I haven't discovered yet. As I discover new ways to prepare zucchini, I might just catch up with Bubba's shrimp list.
I enjoy the vegetable garden so much. Sometimes I feel a little like a woman pioneer living off the land. It is so delightful to pick fresh cucumbers
and zucchini for my salad. I am anxiously waiting for the tomatoes to grow bigger and ripen which should be in a couple of weeks. The tomatoes taste so much better than from the store.
My mom and grandma grew lots of wonderful veggies in their gardens. They really did have that pioneer spirit of living off the land. I think about them often as I am watering, weeding, harvesting, canning and baking. From
Heaven, I know they are rejoicing and smiling with me at God's bountiful creation.