Garden Produce and Home made Food

Reaping the Reward of our Labor…Cucumbers, Squash, and tomatoes…Oh, My!

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Sundays are a little different than they used to be, and it’s kinda nice. At the end of May our Church started in person worship again. In order to comply with the regulations they started doing two identical services, one in the morning and one in the evening…

Our family goes to the evening service, and we’re making the most of it! We’re learning how to make Sundays both restful and productive…AND I love it! We’re able to sleep in and still get quite a bit done before Church. This past Sunday Dad and Bradley put up several jars of pickles! Friday night we harvested a lot of produce from our garden. Lots of cucumbers, a few tomatoes, an eggplant, and the mystery plant that turned out to be an under-ripe cantaloupe. 🙁

It’s been fun reaping the reward of all our hard work and trying new recipes with the produce from our garden.

Since we have an abundance of cucumbers we’ve been eating a lot of cucumber/tomato/onion salad. We finally found a recipe that tastes just like my Great Grandmother’s! Mom found a recipe for a Cucumber Sauce that we put on top of toast, hamburgers, or fish. There’s also been a LOT of squash! So far we’ve been eating it in pasta sauce, fried, my Great Grandmother’s zucchini Bread and we even used it to make pizza one night.

Sunday we tried Eggplant for the first time, and it was SO good! We peeled and sliced the eggplant battered it and baked it in the oven–almost like oven-fried steak. Since the eggplant was so big we also used our vacuum sealer and saved 2 more meals worth of eggplant in the freezer!

Canning in our house is almost a science. Usually when we make pickles someone washes and cuts the tops and bottoms off the cucumbers. Another person mixes up the packet of Mrs. Wages Seasoning. Someone slices the cucumbers and packs the jars and Bradley, Dad and Mom actually place the liquid in the jars, seal them, and water bath them.

Canning season can be busy and HOT, but it’s fun reaping the reward of our hard work. To try new foods, and new recipes, and then to relax in the evening with a little T.V. and all the lanterns lit.

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“…For whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
Galatians 6:7b

Until next time,
Bailey Sue