OK, here I am mama. Here's another post just for you.
My mom reminded me the other day that I needed to write a new post, it's been a while.
It's so HOT here in Florida, I think it's hotter than it's ever been. I know we Floridians probably say that every year. Of course it's also the time that every ones spring gardens are at their full potential and the farmhouse kitchen here at Lillie Mae Acres has been a busy place.
Not only do we grow our own garden and a few fruits, we also trade with friends and relatives. Just the other day, I traded blueberries for blackberries with my mom. Wayne traded potatoes for a different kind of cucumber and tomatoe than what we grew with neighbors.
A friend brought me some corn and a jar of her plum jelly for some of our zipper peas and a jar of my plum jam. That's just how it works in the country amongst friends, family, and neighbors. I took pears and tomatoes to my mom and sister this morning and now I have a kitchen floor full of pears to make pear honey and pear preserves with this weekend.
I have beautiful green onions growing just off the patio in the backyard and a pot full of chives growing on the side of the house. I enjoy taking my scissors out there and snipping just what i need when I'm cooking. Our yellow squash didn't do too well this year, we had a few good ones then nothing. Oh well, the fall squash will be plenty!
Let's see, so far Lillie Mae's freezer is full of zipper peas and okra pods from the spring garden. My canning shelf is filled with stewed Italian tomatoes, Uncle Tom's salsa (hot and mild), plum jelly, plum jam, plum sauce, fig preserves, strawberry fig preserves, and after this weekend both pear honey and pear preserves will be up there.
Only two jars of pear honey left on the shelf from last year. There's more on the way!
What's next? Well we have more okra in the garden, some pepper to put up and although gourds aren't a food we have them growing. When all this is over and done with, we'll just sit back until it get's cool enough to plant a fall garden.
Although it's mighty hot out there, flowers are still trying to be as pretty as they can. God has blessed us with a lot of rain in the past few weeks so they are soaking that good stuff up!
If you haven't tried my recipe for Georgia Tomato Roast on page 27 in the Gooseberry Patch "Slow Cookers Casseroles and Skillets" you really should because it is sure yummy. I cooked it last Sunday and it was gone in a flash!
Oh and one more thing about the good ole' summer time, why does Mom (me) end up doing clean up the next day after a pool party? Isn't there some rule that says if Mom (me) feeds the crowd, the crowd can cleanup after themselves? I'm dreaming!
So whatever you are up to these days, I sure hope you're having fun and enjoying your weather, family, friends, and most of all God's blessings. Come back to see me real soon!