It's been a busy day in Linda's kitchen. After a (slightly) lazy weekend (dreary rainy weather- what's a girl to do but relax and read?) I decided it was time to get myself in gear and get some things done. So: one banana bread, one large batch of ratatouille, one large batch of chicken soup, one large batch of meatballs and one batch of Lady Ashburnham pickles cut up and ready to cook and bottle tomorrow morning... I'm feeling like it was a productive afternoon and evening. Actually I cannot take full credit for the meatballs- I was "teaching/supervising" Mark while he made himself a large batch to freeze.
I have friends who have just gone off to Europe for several weeks- I drove them to the airport Sunday morning and they told me their freezer decided to quit just the day before. How lucky they are that it didn't happen a day or two after they left for 3 weeks... (Do you ever think to ask someone to check your freezer when you are away on vacation? I don't...) So that got me thinking, time to get some things used up out of my freezer. It is so full, if it ever conked out, I'd have a hard
time "farming out" all the contents to the freezers of family and friends while we replaced it... food for thought...
My perennial gardens are slowing down as the days begin to cool... My gladiolas are nearly finished blooming - above is today's bouquet. Aren't they beautiful? My veggie garden is also coming to an end. All that's left now are carrots and beets, tomatoes and cukes. The tomato crop leaves a lot to be desired but everything else has done pretty well. We are eating one or more cucumbers a day, I've done two batches of pickles and given away a good number as well- that is one thing I can grow well!! lol With all the rain we have had they have been growing fast and furious!
Do you have a vegetable garden - how has it done this year?
"We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost." ~ Henry Rollins