Sunday, August 7, 2011

Trip Part Two and Garden Update

Whew - I am in full "Summer Mode" around the Squash House.  Keeping up with the garden this time of year takes a lot of time and energy.  Plus we have had glorious weather for several weeks now - who wants to be inside?!

**Update** - Aug 8th -- If you are interesting in purchasing any of Fran's cookbooks, please be sure and go over to her blog today for a fantastic deal!
I promised to tell you about the rest of our fishing trip which really doesn't have anything to do with fishing!  On the way to the river we stopped in every little town we came across.  One town, Condon, Oregon, had the cutest shop that contained gifts, garden supplies, a cafe and espresso bar and even a decent kitchen shop area!  I immediately zoned in on this cookbook by Fran Gillette.
If you are missing the kind of cooking many of our mothers did in the 40's and 50's, this is the book for you!  All my old favorites and more, plus wonderful farm stories and memories of Fran and her family are in this book.  The photography is also stunning!  Fran has 6 cookbooks now and I think I many want to work my way through each one!

We also had a chance to visit the Kam Wah Chung museum in the city of John Day.  Photography was not allowed and even if it was, the inside of the building was quite dark in order to preserve everything.  Back during the height of the American Gold Rush many Chinese came to John Day to help in the mines.  Along with the workers came two gentlemen, one a doctor and the other a businessman.  They formed a partnership and despite the feelings about Chinese among the white population, came to be revered and respected members of the community until their deaths.  The building had been preserved down to every last detail after Doc Hay died and is now open to the public.  It really was interesting!
The garden harvest is getting bigger and bigger by the day!  Here are more zucchini, tomatoes, and the first broccoli harvest!  I just finished baking a Chocolate Zucchini Cake - delicious!

Speaking of zucchini, we made the decision this morning to remove several bushes.  Two people can only eat and/or give away so much summer squash - lol!  I've frozen quite a few bags of grated zucchini to be used in breads or soups and stews this winter, and am planning many more recipes for this versatile squash in the next couple of weeks!  The tall plants in the bed next to the front are going today!
Here we're looking at carrots, celery, green onions, peppers, eggplant and lettuce.  The carrots are very slow this year and for some reason this is the 2nd year that green onions have barely produced.

Check out this row of tomatoes!  Would you believe I have trimmed them all down several times already?  They are beginning to ripen here and there and my fear is that they will be ripening rapidly when we leave for Canada later this month!  Mother Nature definitely keeps her own schedule!
The blueberries in front here are almost done giving up their juicy, dark blue fruit!  Dahlias are beginning to rapidly bloom, too!  But best of all are the grapes on the trellis in the background!  Both sides have reached the top and over!  If all goes well, they may even bear fruit next year!

In case you've wondered, I am sewing, but unfortunately it's another Supreme Sewing Job that I can't show you until the pattern is out!  I do plan to work on some things of my own soon and will be sure to give you a peek or two soon!

17 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

Yummy! I could live off your garden!

ferne said...

If you have never tried it make a batch of Zucchini Relish...it might have you thinking twice about taking out those plants. We gave some as Christmas gifts last year and have lots of requests for more this year. Last year was my first time to try it and I will making several batches this year, if my zucchini ever gets going!

Linda said...

Your garden is just amazing!!! Wow, you guys look like professionals!!!

Sharon said...

Thank goodness for zucchini or else my gardening might be a bust! The recipe looks. Where in Can are you going?

Anne said...

Wow, you have such a green thumb. We're gonna try our hand at a vegetable garden next year. I may be turning to you for advice. I think you have milder weather than we do tho. too many cold nights here. Oh...trusty netbook! (wink)

Ulla said...

You can soon live on the food you grow in the garden or fish in the river (if it is allowed)! All my tomatoes are still green, but there are lots of them.

QuiltSue said...

I've never heard of chocolate zucchini cake. Your garden does look great with all those lovely fresh veggies.

Mary said...

I am so jealous of your garden. I couldn't even grow squash this summer. Who can't grow zucchini???? MEEEEE

Stephanie said...

I really believe if you plant more than one zucchini you've planted too many! Your fresh picked bounty looks beautiful. I'm looking for my zucchini lasagne recipe...you use thinly sliced zucchini for the noodles. I also love stuffed zucchini. What a healthy garden you have.

Lynn said...

What fun to take a bag of frozen zucchini out of the freezer in the middle of winter to make bread or soup. Sounds delicious!

Libby said...

Just as I started to lament my lack of garden this year, you brought me right back to my senses reminding me of the love/hate relationship that is zucchini *s*

AnnieO said...

Fascinating about the Chinese site you visited. There were Chinese in our town too back in the early part of our history. I'm afraid not much survives of that period.

I'll live vicariously through your garden--wow, look at all that loot!

Houseelf said...

What wonderful produce. The recipe book looks great. Sorry to hear about your onions. It is a good season for them here but I'm not sure the ones in the ground are very happy as we've had so much rain.

Where in the world is Jefferson City, Missouri said...

Please change your back ground color I can't read it at all. Love the pictures...

Carrie P. said...

You certainly have been blessed with a bounty of goodness this year.

Tabby Gorilla said...

What a wonderful cookbook you got. It will be very useful with your harvest. Good ole time cooking just like what our ancestors did. I cant wait you share some of the recipes in there. Thanks a lot.

Doll Houses said...

I can't stop staring at your beautiful garden! Congratulations it looks so perfect and green!