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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

...from the garden...


 the above ground garden David built in the spring
has done WONDERS 
providing 2- plus families with fresh veggies


 we all know how much just
 ONE 
zucchini squash plant can produce...omygosh



these tomatoes will start turning RED when the sun shines brightly

we've had cloudy and rainy days lately...
and we love them.


 every few days
there's something fresh to have with dinner...


we've tried zucchini many different ways,
but Mr. Sweet cuts them in half, length-wise,
scores them several times,
garlic powder
salt pepper butter
and microwaves them.....
delicious...!!

He likes his cucumbers with Ranch Dressing...
I like mine with just salt and pepper...
vinegar...?....no thank you.

Cucumbers in vinegar is the only way our parents fixed them
and we both have had tummy trouble when eating them...
we thought it was the CUCUMBERS
that didn't agree with us,
so we stopped eating them for YEARS...
turns out it was the dang VINEGAR


 Sweet Potato...brown sugar, butter and mini marshmallows for me....
He likes his with only salt,pepper, and butter...

We both love BOILED okra......
I know....
a lot of people say "ewwww"....
but we love it.

*for whatever reason, Blogger is wanting me to use Italics today...
I've tried every way I can think of to change it.....no luck...
sometimes, it seems Blogger has a mind of it's own and I'm
about half afraid to have my computer in my bedroom at night...
remember CHUCKIE...? 

38 comments:

  1. Wow your plants look so green...
    I do love zucchini!
    Have a nice day

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  2. Hi bu, it looks really good. Growing your own vegetables like this is so much better than buying them. Good luck.

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  3. If you plant a garden, this time of year is the payoff! I always think the zucchini plant is so lush and pretty, the zucchini's are just a bonus!

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  4. You've got it in the Fresh Veggies . . .
    Thank you for the I eat/he eats . . .
    Gives me ideas . . .

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  5. BJ, Nice crop of veggies. I like cucumbers the way you do...Ted can't even stand to smell them. This is a man who can eat dang near anything...he doesn't like cucumbers, cantaloupe, liver, or raisins. So if we eat out, I get his cucumbers from his salad and gets my croutons.LOL. Your pictures are always great. Blogger really needs to work out some kinks. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  6. Oh how we love our fresh veggies:) I love squash, any kind, cooked any way:) No vinegar with my cukes either! Have a blessed day dear B.J. HUGS!

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  7. Can't say I'm a big fan of zucchini except for zucchini chocolate cake!

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  8. How many zucchini plants are there? You are going to be eating zucchini for a looooong time. Enjoy the garden. Ours is slowly winding down.

    God bless.

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  9. That raised garden really overflowed! Glad you are enjoying all the freshness of it. Our son and dil brought cucumbers from their garden, so delicious in a cucumber/tomato salsa.

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  10. We didn't plant any zucchini this year knowing that we always get more than we can use. I thought maybe a neighbor or someone at church would give us a couple, but no one has. You don't suppose I'll have to go buy one?? However, our tomatoes have been great this year. But, Fall is in the air! Sally

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  11. Okra...only breaded and fried... used to eat it (leftover breaded bits and the somewhat "burnt"pieces)....never was much for Okra, though... and Sweet potatoes... Great... used to peel and eat like an apple...(no teeth now)... about a month ago my Sister made us baked sweet potato ... very good with butter and brown sugar...

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  12. Your raised garden is doing very well. No boiled okra for me fried is the only way to go. Love sweet potatoes. Have a blessed day.. Madeline

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  13. A big old text-cliche NOMMM to everything in those pictures!! All that fabulous GREEN stuff right at your doorstep. I thought the first picture was carrot-tops and was looking for peeps of orange amongst the green.

    Isn't it a great blessing to just walk out and stroll around the garden, THEN decide what's for dinner? Or need just a little something else, and there are a couple of perfect big old ruby-red tomatoes, just hanging there, warm in the sun.

    I lived that life for more years than we've lived here with just a little garden and a few pots for herbs and special tomatoes, and when we did move here to the "city" (way out in the suburbs that used to be country) I couldn't imagine how someone could cook right out of the grocery store.

    I'd sit right down to every single item on that welcoming table---every one, though you might have lost half of that gorgeous cucumber while you were cutting it up---something about that fresh Summer scent just makes me eat those like chips while I'm cooking.

    I don't know from personal experience, but a friend once asked me for a little shot-glass of Cider Vinegar before we sat down to dinner---said he has one every day "for his stomach," so maybe that kind is milder or more beneficial somehow, if you really do enjoy that old-fashioned tang on your cucumber.

    Splendid feast, Ma'am! (from another steamed-okra fan)

    r

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  14. We do zucchini like this except we throw them on the grill. Okra? I like okra any way its cooked. We like to put okra on a cookies sheet, salt and pepper and bake till crisp. We do green beans the same way! mmmm.
    Blogger has been messing with me today too. Some of my links were not working but I think I fixed it. Also, It wouldn't let me post my comment the first time, so here I am trying again and hope it works this time.
    Lisa

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    1. Nothing better that fresh veggies from your own garden. Looks so delicious. I need to try Mr. Sweet's way of cooking zucchini.

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  15. Fresh veggies are simply the best...yours look delicious! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  16. WOW, that plant is huge! I love zucchini, I usually saute zucchini, onions and mushrooms. Oh MY!! Love it!

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  17. Lucky you and Mr. Sweet having David grow that wonderful garden . Nothing better that fresh veggies. I like the way your mister prepares the zucchini, tell him I like his recipe and I'm going to try it. I love cucumbers any way they are served up but Jim won't eat them, shame! Hope you get some sun so you will have some fresh tomatoes to eat this fall............Happy week.

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  18. Your garden is beautiful and the zucchini looks so nice ♥

    This looks really good ♥♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  19. Beautiful raised gardens. Delicious looking zucchini and salad greens. I love fried okra (from the nearby fried chickn place), I've never fried it myself. Zucchini is so good, too. Your husband's way of cooking it looks great. I usually slice it up and shake it in some flour and fry it in oil. That's the way my mom used to do it. It tastes like summer to me that way. The last time I made zucchini I fried up two small ones that way. One of them had a bitter, poisony taste, so some of the pieces were good, but some were bitter and horrible. Ended up throwing the whole bunch out. After seeing your pics, I'm so hungry for zucchini again, so I'll be doing some in the next couple of days.

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  20. Beautiful raised gardens. Delicious looking zucchini and salad greens. I love fried okra (from the nearby fried chickn place), I've never fried it myself. Zucchini is so good, too. Your husband's way of cooking it looks great. I usually slice it up and shake it in some flour and fry it in oil. That's the way my mom used to do it. It tastes like summer to me that way. The last time I made zucchini I fried up two small ones that way. One of them had a bitter, poisony taste, so some of the pieces were good, but some were bitter and horrible. Ended up throwing the whole bunch out. After seeing your pics, I'm so hungry for zucchini again, so I'll be doing some in the next couple of days.

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  21. I love all of these veggies and have enjoyed our own crop this summer. I have had similar problems with Blogger lately. Tiresome!

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  22. Oh it is wonderful to have the fresh tastes of the season. The vinegar? Are you sure? What about vinegar with "the mother" that is so healthful?

    As for blogger...good heavens! What next?

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  23. All of that green goodness sounds wonderful. I have discovered that grilling okra is soooo good, but I will eat it any way I can get it, along with zucchini which I LOVE. My 86 year mother gardens and has the healthiest diet of anyone I know. Her garden provides her, and her chickens, with lots of good food. Maybe someday I will try my hand at gardening, too...

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  24. BJ, your garden looks beautiful with all of its bounty! Fresh vegetables are one of the best things about summer! You are eating so healthy! Have a lovely evening. ♥

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  25. BJ your veggies look so bright and yummy. My Mother had issues with vinegar and I remember her making a cucumber salad with sour cream. Cool and creamy and I remember enjoying it, Can't beat the taste and health benefits of home grown freshness,
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  26. I love veggies straight from the garden. We didn't plant a garden this year - for the the first time in many years. Life got away from us and we just couldn't get it planted. We've missed the fresh tomatoes and zucchini and cucumbers. Thinking of planting a Fall garden for the first time ever. Love how Mr. Sweet does zucchini. In years past I scooped out the seeds and filled it with diced fresh tomato and a sprinkle of cheese. Into the microwave and viola! A yummy garden treat!
    ~Adrienne~

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  27. Beautiful garden! I've never had much success but I still try :-)

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  28. I didn't notice the italics at first

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  29. Aren't fresh veggies the best! I love it! You are having a truly bountiful harvest. Enjoy!

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  30. Lovely fresh veggies. My Mom always sliced cukes and put them in white vinid=gr with a little sugar. I love it this way. Enjoy your veg!

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  31. Amazing bounty BJ. WOW! I love veggies. I never had a cuke in vinegar till I was grown. I like it but it don't like me!!! Love the pictures! Beautiful photography. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  32. I didn't even notice the italics either until you mentioned them. You can get blogger to "obey you" by selecting the text and then clicking remove formatting. That will get rid of all formatting (italics, bold, justify, center--everything let you restart.) Or you can click HTML and find and get rid of the italics tags ( and ). Every few posts, blogger will get rebellious on me as well (though usually with something other than italics), so I keep these two methods handy. :)

    That is wonderful such a small garden provides you with so many vegetables! My Aunt Linda makes her cucumbers in vinegar every family reunion. I'm not a big fan of cucumbers, so I usually skip them unless they are just plain in a green salad--then once in a while I'll eat them. Oooh, zucchinis and cucumbers are so prolific, aren't they?! My parents grow a cucumber plant or two every two years, and my mom makes enough pickles to last until the next time they harvest cucumbers.

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    1. ha, I wrote the italics tags out, but instead of posting them, blogger utilized them in my comment to italicize and! Here they are with extra spaces to avoid that happening :) --> < i > and < /i >

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  33. Oh my, BJ! I am totally overwhelmed with the bounty! Definitely eating well at your house!

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  34. BJ,
    YuMMy!
    I adore zucchini and okra anyway you fix them, dear friend!
    Ah~h~h. . .to have your own home grown veggies. . .a little piece of heaven on earth!
    Like you, I just leave the "cukes" alone.
    Enjoy those vine ripened tomatoes!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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xo bj