Sunday, August 3, 2008

It's that time again!

Our garden is overflowing and the food preservation process has begun! We made our first batch of salsa - so yummy and we're looking forward to more of that! We also made 12 pints of apricot jam (8 wet packed and 4 freezer jams to test the difference) so thank you apricot tree for your abundance! We also froze 5 bags of shredded zucchini yesterday so thank you zucchini plants for your abundance. Here's a picture of a small piece of our garden to show the craziness. I planted these fun ornamental gourds that I'm excited to have for decoration in the fall and they grew up and out of the corn. This one was about half way up the stalk. I couldn't believe it!We also have a great pumpkin Charlie Brown! It's only August and this thing is already huge! I can't wait to see what it looks like after a few more months of growing! And for our final piece of garden news, let's play everyone's favorite guessing game "Name that Piece of Produce"! The first one to guess correctly wins a prize!Aside from watching our garden grow, we did other fun things this weekend. Friday we went to the 54th Annual Payson Salmon Supper in the park and man was it tasty! My parents were able to join us and they seemed pleased as did we. It was so much food and pretty much the best salmon I ever tasted. They grilled it over these huge grills and I'm not suite sure how they cooked it but I do know that it involved plenty of butter and salt. It was tasty. My dad commented that if you had asked him 30 years ago if he'd ever be in the middle of Payson eating salmon he would have thought you were crazy. It really was pretty tasty and I think we'll make a tradition out of it (although I think we'll split a plate from now on because it really was so much food)

After the fun supper we came home, put the kids to bed, watched Jumper (pretty lame story but good effects) and then got up on the roof and watched the hill burn. There was a big fire up by Payson Canyon that started Friday and the flames were pretty spectacular.
Saturday my sis Meliss and her family came over for a BBQ. It's so fun to have them visiting from Omahoma right now and we're looking forward to more fun times this week. Her little Jake has the cutest face ever. His eyes are so dreamy. I just love this kid and Sophia had a great time playing with Josh. Spanks again for coming over sista!

10 comments:

Mike & Lauren said...

Ohhhhh, homemade salsa and apricot jam! That sounds like pure heaven to me!!!! I would give anything for such a yard. :)

Mike & Lauren said...

Hey, can you post or email me your salsa recipe? Thanks!

The Ullery Family said...

Gracie guesses a pear! :) I'm still thinking. I don't think it is that simple.

Nancy said...

I miss the home grown veggies. I've been searching all summer for a good farmer's market and haven't found one. I can't wait to come home to my mom's garden foods! I'm glad you guys are enjoying the summer. Hope the fire dies soon!

smithfieldman said...

It looks like a mutant apple?

The Mathews Four said...

I'm so envious of your garden. This summer I only planted tomatoes so I could have less garden time and more house painting time. Sad, I know. *ha ha*

Funny story. We went to the salmon supper on Friday and after we sat down I looked around for you! I was sure you guys would be there! At the very end of it the firefighters were cooking up and selling off the rest of the salmon. We got 3 big whole Salmon fillets (I'm talking three halves of the fish!) and 12 ears of corn for $20.

I did think it was ironic that while the firefighters were grilling up the salmon the mountain was burning. Hmmmmm.

One of these days we're going to have to run into you down there. Onion Days, perhaps?
-Jessica

The Mathews Four said...

P.S. I asked about the fish prep.

Rub butter and sea salt into the fish. Grill it for 25 minutes on each side. Skin side down last so that you can just slide the meat right off the skin. Mmmmmm!
-J

Emily said...

Is it a pear? An Asian pear? I am so jealous of all your produce!

ZAC said...

Joanna, I have been making salsa like crazy these days. However, all of my ingredients come from the store...I wish I could boast of a garden. So is that thingy a pear? or some type of pepper?
Zabel Carroll

Sara Birch said...

Joanna! I wanted to say hi because I found you on a link from Heather Braley's blog page! It looks like you have a very beautiful family and I hope that all is well for you! There's probably a million Moscow, ID tracks on your blog tracker thing because I was looking at all your links and seeing what everybody's up to. Sorry! Have a great day!