This is the final weekend of summer...now that's a sobering thought, isn't it? I love fall, but I'm pretty partial to summer too. It's always a little bit sad thinking that another beautiful and long-awaited summers' coming to a close. Oh well...whatcha gonna do? Go with the flow baby!!
So, my garden has surely been a disappointment to me this year. Firstly, I decided not to plant much. That's my fault. I planted 7 tomato plants and had numerous volunteers shoot up from last year. Having said that, last week I picked our very first ripe tomatoes. That's right. Hard to believe that, but it's true. I had 4 or 5 and one of those I threw out because it was mushy and tasted terrible. First time that's ever happened! I have some yellow cherry tomatoes that are ok tasting. I've had better. They're very low in acid and rather blah in taste...won't be planting that variety again. I have a Beefsteak, that's the plant that's given me a few ripe ones. They're nice in size and color, haven't eaten any yet, so that's still undecided. And then a friend gave me an heirloom variety called Brandywine. I have some tomatoes on the vines, but as of yet; no ripe tomatoes. Hmmm....mighty slow in ripening wouldn't ya say?
I have tomatillos, also given to me by my friend. I didn't even really know what a tomatillo was but...they're tasty little things. And there's bunches of those. I picked a smallish bowlful of those last night...making us some salsa verde tonight to put on our soft tacos with leftover barbecued pork tenderloin, some of those ripe beefsteak tomatoes, chopped onion, a little grated cheddar cheese, sour cream...yum! We have watermelon and cantelope (not from my garden) and homemade marionberry/wildblackberry pie that I made last night. The berries are homegrown...marions I planted and the wild blackberries; well, those just abound everywhere. I'm pretty sure I may have picked what may prove to be the last of the berries for this season...sigh...sad. But, we'll surely enjoy sinking our teeth into that pie later tonight. Hmmhhmm good!!
The only other thing planted in my garden is some flat-leafed parsley and that's growing gung-ho. So, you see it's not much of a garden this year. Hopefully the tomatoes will ripen and I'll dry those and stick the sun-dried tomatoes seasoned with sea salt and basil into freezer bags for use later on this winter. I'm picking up a few local tomatoes at a fruitstand on my way home tonight and have plans to dry up a batch this weekend. Makes wonderful additions to store-bought spaghetti sauce, throw in a few chopped mushrooms, bell pepper and black olives...yummy! Dresses up Prego and makes it your own!! Sshh...no one willl ever know!! :)
The pears from our trees in the backyard have been out-doing themselves this year. Me and the horses have been enjoying those, as well as the apples. Hubby and I will make a trip to a local orchard and pick a bunch of apples for making applesauce and apple pie filling for the freezer. We go through that in a heartbeat...tastes wonderful with homemade bisquits on a cold night. The only real difference between my applesauce and pie filling is more sugar in the filling and it's more chunky...but in a pinch, we eat it however we want to. I think I might pick up some pears and make some pearsauce and I want to make some plum jam for the freezer too. Sheesh! So many things I want to do!
I want to get some more hay before the weather turns rainy too. And, let's not forget the firewood. We have gotten none and I have no idea where we might get some, if we have to buy it. Last year we chopped our own through the Oregon Dept. of Forestry. $10 buys you a permit to cut 3 cords in 2 weeks, and you can buy up to 10 permits in a season. The season begins when they open up the forests after the fire danger has passed. That's usually sometime in October in Oregon. I love storing up stuff for the winter!! I'm a squirrel at heart! But, my hubby appreciates it, and so do our horses! We alll love to eat!!
So, unless my wonderful hubby has a few plans of his own; that's our weekend plans in a nutshell!! Hope everyone who's having weather-related issues gets some relief soon. There have been floods, fires, storms and all manner of tragedy in our country this year. May it finished soon.
Lorie @ Cingspots