Thankful Thursday ~Real Food!

How in the world can a giant basket of fresh, homegrown tomatoes not make a person thankful? Seriously!  There is just no comparing the flavor of a tomato from a home garden to one bought at a grocery store.

Most of these beauties will be peeled, quartered, and canned.  I am looking forward to opening one of them during the cold winter months and making some lovely marinara!

It was these tomatoes and this zucchini…

and this basil…

along with some freshly sliced onion and whole grain pasta, that came together the other night in a very delicious dinner.  Olive oil, sea salt, and fresh basil make an awesome flavor combination.  *grin*

Our first bean tunnel of love is working beautifully!  The purple podded beans have completely covered the tunnel (6 foot tall and 10 foot long), are flowering, and producing beans.  Question!  Do you can or freeze your green beans?

I think that right after fresh tomatoes, the corn is Mark’s favorite thing to grow.  It is so… homestead-y.  Don’t you think?

I have some pretty yummy plans for this corn.  A little butter, a little sea salt, and a hot grill are waiting for it!

If we ever stop eating every single sweet pepper that is picked from the garden, I would love to dice some up and freeze it.  Fresh veggies lying on the counter seem to be irresistable to the people in this house!

Our second planting of tomatoes is doing very well.  Rather than have our tomato season completely end in August because the plants have all produced and died, we are hoping to have a second harvest this year.  This is one of the benefits of living in the deep south!

I want to leave you with a couple of shots of my zinnias.  Their colorful heads seem to shoot up overnight and explode like fireworks the next morning.  I took a vase full of these beauties to add a punch of color to my soap table at Market Days.

I am also very thankful for the help of this little guy and his thousands of friends who help to pollinate our gardens!  It couldn’t be done without them.  *grin*

Our family is truly blessed and extremely thankful for God’s bountiful harvest that He has provided in our garden this year.  The health, the flavor, and the foods that are put away for the winter months are just a handful of the benefits of growing and eating REAL FOOD!

Did you plant a garden this year?  What have you harvested?

All for God’s glory,

~Rhen

This post is linked up with:

The Marathon Mom’s Thankful Thursday!

The Purposeful Mom

Raising Homemakers

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2 responses to “Thankful Thursday ~Real Food!

  1. I do freeze my beans….I blanche them (2-3min), ice bath, lay on towels, and then freeze. My garden this year is not big (had a baby this year:)–just 5 boxes. Our grapes are looking wonderful!

  2. Oh my! Your garden is simply beautiful. We just moved in the middle of gardening season but maybe next year…

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring pictures at Thrifty Thursday!

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