Thursday, July 2, 2009

Vacation and Garden Pictures

I have been trying to post a entry since I got home but I have gotten so busy with the garden and working outside that I haven't had the time.
I am pretty tired right now but I am determined to finish this entry.
This is where I spent a lot of my time. My sister and niece both had to work most of the time and I just love the water and swimming. There were days that I would spend 7 hours outside. My daughter and I are really tan. I would love to get a pool one day.

This is my sister and her hubby. He was only home on the weekends because he is an over the road truck driver. I just love him. He is so good to my sister.

We had a great bonfire one night. That is my niece and their 89 lb. puppy Bear. He is huge. We made the kids listen to our music and they kept making all these sounds and noises so we would turn it off. They called it old folks music. We just laughed all night. What a great time.

My niece and her boyfriend.

I have more pictures of my vacation but I am getting tired and I want to show you some of my garden pictures so here goes.

Here is my cabbage and some green onions we planted on the side. I can't believe how big all my vegetables have gotten since I was on vacation.
This is my lettuce which I already cut up and washed and had a salad tonight. It tasted great knowing that you grew it yourself.

Here are the brussel sprouts. We never planted these before and we are hoping they turn out. I wanted to try something new this year.
Here are the cucumber plants. We already have a few growing. I am going to try to can some pickles. My hubby bought me a book on canning and I want to try my hand at canning salsa, homemade spaghetti sauce, marinara sauce and a few other things.

These are the bell pepper plants. I just eat these raw and I also like to grill them with a little olive oil and salt and pepper.

We had so many plants this year that we had to put some of our vegetables on the side of the house. This is new for us also. It is spinach. I just love spinach. I put it in my salads all the time.
This is all the lettuce I cut yesterday. I had to wash it and put it in my salad spinner. It took me quite a while to do this.

The one on the left is one of my cabbages. I am going to make coleslaw tomorrow. The one on the right is another head of lettuce. The 2 bowls in the background are basil leaves. I love making homemade basil pesto and basil vinegarette.

Ok, I am getting tired and you are probably getting bored with all my produce so I am going to call it a night.

I do have more vacation pictures but I haven't downloaded them yet. They are pictures from the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen. It is the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

I wanted to mention that I am still down 51 lbs. I gained a few and lost a few so I am back to where I started. I am going to get back on track.

I want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. Stay safe.


jo said...

Great pictures! Our three puppies combined are the same size as that puppy! (almost lol)

Your garden is wonderful! I loved the photos!

Happy 4th!

garnett109 said...

Chop up some cabbage for your salad.
Old folks music?
Well it wasn't old when we were listening to it!

Have a Happy & Safe 4TH of July!

Hollie said...

I enjoyed seeing all your photos! Thanks for sharing them. I'm looking forward to the others. Have a happy & safe fourth!

bbubblyb said...

Looks like a great time. I love seeing pictures, needs to be some of you though *smile*.

Julie said...

Your garden looks great. I wish my stuff was doing as well. The pool looks very inviting.

Jody V said...

Hi Dutch,

Amazing pics!! Glad you had such a good time. Your garden is amazing. Mine isn't even half that size!! Lots of rain in Jersey and not much sun.

Keep the pics coming. They're great!

Great news on the weight loss too! You did really well!


Lori said...

Brussel sprouts!! How cool! I wish I had enough space to grow other things. We have the tiniest lot and just enough room for a flower bed.

Tabby said...

Hello my dear friend
I am glad you made it home safe. I love your pictures. Thank you so much for the nice words for Dave's recovery. I have good news to report finally! He is making for the better and just make it through this. I went a whole day without crying I spent 7 hours with him today. I am so tired but am having a hard time sleeping. I cant wait to see him again tomorrow. Please keep those prayers coming.
Big hugs

Missie said...

The pool looks so refreshing!

Have a good week.

SeaShore said...

Everything looks so lush and healthy in your garden!

Bugs always get my peppers before they get big enough to pick, so this year I'm skipping them ;) said...

your garden is amazing. congrats on your 51 lb weight loss. I wish you the best. I know how how it is. I need to lose alot myself.

Rhonda said...

Wow...your garden is amazing! Looks great! I cannot wait until my tomatoes turn red...yummm!

Rhonda said...

Wow...your garden is amazing! Looks great! I cannot wait until my tomatoes turn red...yummm!

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