This one is a Martha recipe. The curry gives the soup a warm zing. It's a good to eat on those nights when fall is approaching--warm sunny days, but cooler evenings when the sun goes down.
Gotta a lotta of basil? Make some pesto! Pine nuts are kind of pricey these days, but you can use walnuts and it's just as delicious. Use a food processor or emulsion blender.
Combine basil, nuts, garlic and cheese. Blend a bit, scrape down sides. Repeat until it's all pulverized. Then add your olive oil and process again. Add salt and pepper. Serve with pasta or baked potatoes.
We've been enjoying it with cherry tomatoes and grilled chicken.
Okay, so this one is a killer. I'm not sure where I picked this one up, but it is a winner every time. Cold watermelon is refreshing on a hot summer night, but the honey, lime and mint makes this over-the-top. And, no, we can't grow watermelons very well in Colorado gardens. But I do have a surplus of mint.
Mix honey and lime together in a small cup or bowl. Arrange your watermelon on a tray or bowl. Sprinkle mint on top. Drizzle on top of the watermelon. Whoa-la.
To make it extra pretty, I sometimes add edible flower petals--blue bachelor buttons.
While, we didn't grow any zucchini this summer. We had a couple of friends who did. So we've received several lovely (and quite large) squashes. I spend some time grating on the patio the other afternoon. The result was spiced zucchini bread. Yum. This is my all-time-favorite recipe.
Over the next week or so, I'll be sharing some of my favorite "fresh-from-the-garden" recipes. Some are from the archives, some are new...but all are delicious. So go pick some squash or kindly ask a neighbor for their surplus tomatoes and get cooking.
Remember, the Wonderful World of Disney movies on Sunday nights? About a year ago, we started our own "Wonderful World of Disney" night. We start early in the evening (since there's school on Monday) and the kids lay out blankets on the floor (to save the carpet, ahem) and they get to eat in front of the TV--gasp! It's something they look forward to every week.
So, over quite some time now, I've been compiling a list of our favorite family movies. Finding non-animated movies that the whole family can enjoy is tough these days. Even Disney and "kid" movies have innuendos, OMGs, etc. So I started picking up classics at Wal-Mart when I found them. But I really hit to gold mine on Amazon.com...we have Amazon Prime and can stream movies to our TV for a $1.99 rental. But even Amazon has some "holes" in their selection. Hello, public library! Most of the movies can be requested and placed on hold at your library for free (well not really free because your taxes pay for you, so technically you have joint ownership).
So here is our MOVIE LIST. It can be found through the button on the right-hand column and in the top navigation bar, under "grow." I'll continue to update this page as we find more "must-sees," so PIN IT and refer back to it. Enjoy.
Every since I have know how to read, summer memories have been full of books. The kind of books that totally engross you and take you on an adventure. The kind where you don't want to put them down because you are completely intent on figuring out the mystery. Give me fiction--no non-fiction, serious books. I want complete pleasure reading.
This is the first summer, in many years, that I have been able to read, read, read. Maybe it's because my sprouts are getting more independent and there are few more minutes between each, "Mama..." I think it's also because they've gotten to an age where they really enjoy me reading chapter books to them.
So here's what we've been reading.
Rascal We are in the thick of this one right now. The kids love the animal antics.
The Forgotten Garden Loved the mystery and twisted plot of this one. And it's a long one--good for a vacation.
The Betsy-Tacy Treasury Anne simply adores these books. She begs me to read this every night. Great for girls who enjoy imaginary play.
War Brides A great mystery and I love the history. Especially enjoyed how she tied together the lives of these four women.
A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration and the Meaning of Home This one has lovely pencil drawings in it--buy the hard copy, not the Kindle version.
Call the Midwife If you like the PBS series, you'll love the book. I especially love how Jennifer describes in more detail how her time as a midwife helped her find faith.
Strieker's Bride A great Christian romance triology. It will sweep you away. The romance is actually an analogy of Christ and the Church.
Redeeming Love Getting ready to re-read this one. I loved it the first time I read it a few summers ago so I think it's time to enjoy it again.
The Peach Keeper, Garden Spells, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Sugar Queen These Sarah Addison Allen books are whimsical mysteries with a little bit of romance. Just a warning: they aren't Christian books so there many be one or two curse words and in a couple of the books there was premarital sex. But they were worth overcoming those negative attributes. I love the imaginative nature of her storytelling. Start with Garden Spells.
What have you been reading? I love recommendations. Leave a comment.