July 12

The other morning, I stepped outside…very early…to see if I still had to drink my air, or if it had cooled off sufficiently for me to turn off the A/C.

brood.gif It hadn’t.

However, I looked up and the sight was magnificent!

I just had to go back in~~take a deep breath of cool refreshing air~~and get my camera.

While I was out there, I thought that I would snap a shot of how well my front flowers are doing. I know that you excited beyond words to see this comparison.

I am sure that you remember this picture I took almost 2 months ago. OH…look, there are all my strawberry plants so alive, so full of promise…..only 5 are alive today! dead.gif

I know, I know….flowers excite you beyond all imagination. They make you want to jump for joy, they make you want to play the banjo, they make you want to learn origami, but please, calm yourselves, take deep breathes, count to ten, write a check to my Photobucket fund, do some yoga and wait patiently for another month or so for the last installment.

And last, but certainly not least…

Our first zucchini. I am afraid it will be our only zucchini. The rest of the little ones rotted on the vine. I love zucchini. I love to sautée it in some butter with onion. It is so good that way.

Did you plant zucchini this year? do you like zucchini? how do you eat your zucchini?

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12 thoughts on “July 12”

  1. Your pictures are beautiful.

    We just had sauteed zucchini and summer squash on Monday…sauteed in butter with sweet onions a little salt and pepper. Yum.

    I didn’t grow any, but I love them and the family loves them. We’ll eat them just about any way, but my favorite is breaded and fried.

  2. I love the sky picture and you flower pictures. Both are beautiful. 🙂

    No, I did not plant zucchini. I didn’t plant anything. I like dried zucchini chips. 😛

  3. Fortunately, zucchini is something I can eat, and something I really like. Sunday, I grilled zucchini and salmon. Yesterday, I put it in a veggie-tuna skillet with onion, carrot, garlic, dill, chives, radishes, and a little cilatro. It was real good.

    This morning, I just got finished making zucchini walnut muffins and zucchini brownies.

    Your flowers look very nice, and the picture of the sky was wonderful!

  4. Yes, I planted four zucchini plants and I just picked two crates of zucchini yesterday. Usually I don’t get any because the plant gets fungus and rots, but this year the Lord has blessed my zucchini and I am swimming in it. I like it sauteed, also, with onions, peppers, carrots, celery, and yellow squash. I also dehydrate it for use in soup. It is really good that way. I canned it one year and it was really yucky that way. 😛 Lovely picture of the sky. 😀 The flowers are beautiful. I spend all my time on my vegetable garden, my flower beds are pitiful! 😦 Thanks! 😀

  5. Don’t give up on your zucchini just yet. Did the whole plant die or just the little ones on the vine? If its just the little ones on the vine, it sounds like you’ve got a pollination problem. Hand pollinating is easy. My six year old can do it. 🙂

    If the whole plant died, blame the squash vine borer. How I hate that thing! LOL Plant another. You have enough time to get it going before fall.

    I have been grating and freezing most of our zucchini. Son loves bread. A few others I have been slicing up and cooking in a combo of Pam spray, garlic and Mrs. Dash. Yummy! I want to try a mock apple pie recipe that is in this month’s issue of Taste of Home. I wonder if I can pass it off to my apple pie loving DH?

  6. Your flowers look very nice. You captured a lovely sky image. I’m sorry your zucchinis are rotting on the vine. I like zucchini cooked in several different ways.

  7. Zuchini is yummy! I like it lots of different ways: sautee’d, bread, grilled, breaded & fried, grated and frozen for later use. It is a very versatile veggie!

    I didn’t plant a garden this year. Maybe next year.

    Your flowers are beautiful!

    The sky photo is magnificent.

  8. What a glorious picture of the hand work of God! Thank you so much for sharing that with us. I’ve not been getting up early enough to see such sights here, I’d have to be around 4:00am and well I’m not that much of an early bird 😉

    I understand about the flowers. I really should show you what mine were like and what they are like now 😦

    Zuchini – it is best in bread. 🙂

  9. I love Zuchini! I have made zuchini slaw and relish(yummo). I like it anyay you fix it.
    The pictures are beautiful.

  10. Very beautiful pics 😀 .

    I like zucchini in desert type breads and muffins mainly, but if I have to eat it as a veggie then I like it with some fresh lemon juice squeezed on top and a bit of olive oil. 🙂

  11. I love my zucchini and/or summer yellow squash in my families squash casserole.

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (that faster this cooks the faster you can eat it!)

    In a sauce pan, bring to a boil:
    3-4 small zucchini, sliced
    1 onion, diced
    1 carrot, grated or finely chopped
    1-2 Tbsp. butter
    Salt & Pepper

    Dump in mixing bowl. To the same sauce pan, add one stick of butter. Wait until it is melted and add 1 box of chicken flavored stuffing mix.

    While you are waiting for the butter to melt, add one can of cream of chicken soup and 3/4 cup of sour cream to your zucchini mixture.

    After the bread crumbs are thoroughly coated with the butter add to the mixing bowl and stir stir stir.

    Pour into a greased pan and cook for at least one hour. The crispier the better is the way I like it!

    We love this recipe. You can substitute low/non fat for everything to make it healthier but at least the kids are getting some vegetables! This works great for summer potluck parties and it a real treat during the holidays. It freezes well and you can make double batches and have them ready to go at a moments notice!

    Enjoy!

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