We have been waiting all summer for our green tomatoes to ripen and they finally did. I think it was around the middle to end of August when the first ripe tomatoes started trickling in. We are savoring these little beauties. The boys love the yellow pear tomatoes. They pick them right off the plant and eat them while they are playing outside. We planted two yellow pear and they are producing really well. We also planted Early Girl and Rutgers and we have cherry tomatoes in a hanging planter.
A friend of mine whose parents have a beautiful orchard and garden on their place invited us over to pick peaches, apples, and tomatoes the other day. We (along with several other friends) enjoyed the afternoon picking fresh homegrown produce and brought home a bountiful harvest.
When we were driving away, I realized that I had a teachable moment to talk about being thankful with the boys so we said a quick prayer of thankfulness.
As the peaches have been ripening, there has been an invasion by a small army of fruit flies so I made another homemade fruit fly trap tonight which should do the trick.
This recipe is condensed from a Ball Blue Book that my mother-in-law bought me. The Ball Blue book is really helpful because it is for food preserving beginners like me and is easy to follow. I used the sugar pack method for freezing peaches which is super easy.
First, you wash and drain ripe fruit. Next, peel, pit, and slice the fruit.
Then mix together 2/3 cup sugar and 2 tsp. Fruit-Fresh. Sprinkle 1 quart sliced peaches with the sugar mixture. Toss gently to coat.
Allow this to sit until sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes.
Ladle fruit and syrup into freezer containers or freezer bags leaving some space for expansion. Recommendation is 1/2 inch for freezer containers. Label containers with date and contents then freeze.
I love simple, pretty things like these pop bottle vases with fresh cut flowers. We gave a pop bottle vase with fresh flowers to each of my older sons' preschool teachers this Spring. Frugal and Repurposed gifts from the home are the best and you can never go wrong with fresh flowers.
Pretty enough for a wedding too. My parents 1974 wedding featured daisies in coke bottles.
My husband's grandmother planted these bulbs years ago and they still come up year after year. I wish they lasted longer. They are always so beautiful.
My little helper was so cute watering plants yesterday with his cowboy hat on, so I slipped inside and grabbed the camera.
Big brother wanted his picture taken too.
A few weeks ago the boys harvested the potatoes they had planted in the Spring. The boys loved helping and I love that they know from where their food comes. I heard this on the radio one night, children in our local school district kindergarten classes were surveyed and asked from where they thought their food came. You're not going to believe this. The #1 answer was the gas station. We asked our 5 year old who was 4 at the time and I thought he might say the grocery store. I was really glad when he said our food comes from the farm.
I love this picture of our two year old planting with Daddy last April.
Tonight I boiled the rest of the potatoes, added some peas, butter, and salt and we had a delicious dinner.