I'm back from a three week blogging break with a lot of pictures that all seem to have a bit of red in them but not much else in common, thus the post title. I've been on a family vacation and then had family stay, so I wrote up several posts in advance and used the Blogger delay post option which worked out great!
Leaving a large vegetable garden in August is a challenge. We striped it clean before we left and brought up bags of fresh produce to the lake. However, when we got home only one week later, it was burgeoning and ready to be harvested again. I asked my neighbor to pick all she wanted but she didn't!
First thing though was to make a few posies for the house.
You can't imagine the bags and bags we picked the first day back, but I'll just tell you about the red ones, to go along with my theme.
I roasted a few of the beets to make a refreshing cold salad.
First day back we picked 70 pounds of tomatoes. No joke. That translates to lots and lots of fresh to eat and share, plus I made 4 quarts of diced tomatoes and 11 quarts of tomato sauce.
Here is one of our favorite summer lunches, cold tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad.
Daily in the summer we have tomato tastings. I've been keeping notes and will let you know our favorites.
I oven dried the cherry tomatoes. I had four pans.
The result was two quart jars of dried tomatoes that look a bit like large raisins. They taste so sweet and wonderful! Recipe here.
I picked lots of summer squash and made 3 loaves of banana zucchini bread, substituting grated patty pan. The right squash on the right is actually a covered sauce dish!
One loaf to eat, one loaf my son took home, and one loaf for the freezer.
Our orange tree is having a great year!
On my needles were white summer cardi, black winter pullover, and a grey shawl. I needed color so I cast on something bright and sparkly for Christmas.
|Our red-headed grand dog.|
These next pictures are of our lake trip. I hope you love a good wipe out picture as much as me! Enjoy!
|Annie an her daddy,|
|Oops, hit a bump.|
|LOVE the faces!|
|Wipe out begins.|
|Ha Ha! Skinny legs in upper right corner.|
|This picture kind of says it all. We had fun and we were plenty tired at the end of each day.|