In the spring, Paul decided to plant a small garden next to the shed in the back yard; nothing ambitious mind you, just a few tomato plants, some zucchini, peppers, and eggplant. We were delighted to watch the garden grow and when we spied our first little green tomatoes, we couldn’t wait to harvest them! Then disaster struck and we were needed in Florida for over a month.
The garden was a wreck when we returned! Plants were overflowing the chicken wire surround and all the tomatoes had slumped and were lying on the ground. You couldn’t set foot into the enclosure without crushing a plant or a vegetable. But what a bounty! Once Paul cleared a small space for our feet, we were amazed at the vegetables that had thrived in this wilderness during our absence. We immediately shared our largess with our neighbors and took the rest into the house.
There was still a mountain of fresh goodness to harvest every day. I got busy and dug out my biggest pan. I decided to make a vegetable sauce for pasta or perogies. Since there was such a overwelming amount, I couldn’t be bothered with seeding or peeling. I simply cut all the veggies into cubes, threw in some sliced onions and leftover fresh mushrooms and carmelized the whole batch in my pan coated with Pam. I didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand but I simply love McCormick’s Herbes de Provence. This blend adds so much flavor and aromatic goodness to a dish that I am a bit ashamed to say that I use it in almost everything! I threw in about 2 tablespoons of this wonderful mixture.
The tomatoes began to release their juice so I turned the flame to low and continued cooking until the sauce had thickened, adding salt and pepper to taste. Once it had cooled, I spooned it into containers, keeping one for tomorrow’s dinner and freezing the remainder. What a feast this will be! Fresh vegetable sauce from the garden paired with whole wheat spaghetti or perogies and a little garlic bread on the side. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I know that I had begun the Adriana Top earlier in the spring but I simply couldn’t pick it up again. I had been working on this project when I learned of my sister’s death. One day I will try this pattern again with different yarn but for now, I have become very smitten with the Lilac Time Cardigan. I had a bit of a time tracking down the pattern as it is published in a UK magazine called Simply Crochet. This cardigan is worked in V-stitches so it is quite easy to make but for the reason the combination of these stitches with the wide ribbing really took my fancy.
I went for Knit Picks Palette Fingering Yarn in the color Ivy. I have no other dark green in my wardrobe but my mother has recently given me her emerald ring so I wanted to have something green with which to wear it. It’s a funny thing about green, although emerald is my birthstone, I have virtually never worn that color. But it turns out to be quite flattering after all so I’ll give it a try. At this point, my enthusiasm for crochet has not really returned but I have a real need to resume my normal activities.
Smoky Mountain Trip
It’s time to get back into that motorhome and take another trip before it becomes too cold. My daughter Lana and her family are visiting the Smokies in October so we will tag along and enjoy a week out in nature with her and the grandchildren, Sammi and Charli (both girls!). I went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and some of my fondest memories involve those beautiful mountains. Of course, the kids will want to do all kinds of crazy things like zip-lining and bungee jumping but we’ll be happy to chronicle their adventures with photos. My last big adventure was free-fall skydiving when I was 41 but I think I’ll pass on anything that extreme now!