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Ok! First week in June, and have I got pictures for you!

Okay, let’s start with Plums. We got our first plums this week! Unfortunately… some have worms. (Yucky!) But on the whole, they look wonderful, and taste? I… haven’t tried yet, LOL!

The tree that they are on… Well, I dont know if it will survive the season. If you see the next picture, you will know why…

Now, how about the grape vines?

They are growing very well. I am rather shocked at how well they are doing, actually.

Take a look 🙂

The strawberry patch is completely done, but the blackberries…

And the pecans? Still a LONG time to go on those.

Now for the garden beds:

And, we had a surprise in our compost. Apparently some gourds from Halloween sprouted.

And the garden beds!

Cucumbers have started growing, the okra is still taking its time. (I dont know why, but I always think of the okra as a very slow growing plant… Maybe cause old people like it?) The radishes I planted way to close together, and some centipede-like bugs like them. However, no sign of radish maggots (yay!). The eggplant has its blossoms, but something is eating the leaves of the plant. The pea plants finally have blossoms! I love the peas! They are so sweet! So I can’t wait!

Stay tuned… recipe for Zucchini Sticks coming soon!

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The Number One Secret to Life is the “End all, Be All” answer.

When in doubt, refer to this answer.

If the other answers fail, refer to this one and try again.

If you are down in the dumps, sad and alone, refer to this answer.

And what is this answer?

You really wanna know?

90% of you reading this will have no idea what I am talking about and will scoff and roll your eyes, and will think I am not only wrong, but that this is disgusting.

I ask you to not judge until you try it.

Still wanna know?

#1 Secret to Life is… Chocolate Coke.

Chocolate Coke is…. it Rocks!

And, to make it is simple:

  1. Glass
  2. Fill glass with ice
  3. Add Chocolate Syrup. (About the same amount you would use in milk.)
  4. Add Coca-Cola™.
  5. Stir.
  6. Enjoy Bliss.

Men… pay attention… You have a chick that is dealing with PMS? Or, should I say, that she has PMS and you are dealing with it? If so, try Chocolate Coke.

Cramming for a exam? This helps. A Lot.

Anyways, this is the Number One Secret to Life.

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Gardening!

It is near the end of May, and the gardens (yes, plural) are blooming!

Our Strawberry Patch is nearly finished, and we got a TON of berries from it! We have picked them, and prepared them, and frozen them for later in the season. We have grand delicious plans for these!

Strawberry Patch

New Strawberry Patch

The Blueberry Bushes (we have two) are FULL! We will be VERY busy picking them this year. Our SMALLEST bush must have close to 5,000 to 6,000 berries on it! And cause of all the rain we have gotten, they are PLUMP!

Big Blueberry Bush

Blueberries! (Just not blue yet)

Small Blueberry Bush

Blueberries

Our Grapes have strung out along the back fence (next to the Black Berries) and this will be our first year getting fruit from the grape vines, IF the birds leave them alone.

Grapevine

Grapes!

The Black Berries are doing well enough. They grow like weeds, so you dont have to do anything for them… But protect them from one of our dogs, as he likes to pick his own. (He does the same for the Strawberries and the Plums.)

Black Berries

The Black Berries

The Plum, Peach, and Pecan trees are doing splendidly!  A few pests have tried to dash our spirits on those, but we are determined to win that war!

Peach Tree

Peaches!

Plum Tree

Plums

Pecans!

We have a “Fruit Cocktail” tree, which we are excited about! It is a tree with Peaches, Nectarines, Plums and Apricots, and it will be the first year for fruit on it. It had a TON of fruit on it earlier, and most of the “weak” fruit has dropped, so now, its just nursing what is left. And boy are we nursing it!

Fruit Cocktail Tree

Fruit from the Fruit Cocktail Tree

And then there are the gardens!

The Radishes, look DELICIOUS, and I found out that you can eat the green part, if you treat it like turnip greens (which makes a TON of sense!) so, we are anxious for that! The Peas are my favorite, and I planted a TON of them! They are normally so delicious and so sweet, that they never make it to be used or cooked in something for dinner. ((I eat a TON of them when I pick them, LOL!))

Garden Bed1

Garden Bed2

I tried Sweet Potatoes this year, and I have been taking a LOT of flak over that. I have been told that I planted them wrong, and not given them enough room to grow.

We only planted 2 hot pepper plants this year. (2 more then I would have, since they haven’t gotten used the LAST two years…) But, they are doing well as well. And now… I can’t remember if I planted bell peppers, though I think we did get some…

The Okra is growing kinda slow, but that is not unusual.

Eggplant (NOT something I eat…) is doing ok. We have a few plants, four maybe?

Cucumbers I am ANXIOUS for! NUMMY! I love that and can’t wait for them! I make a salad using cucumbers, avocados, feta cheese, sunflower seeds and bleu cheese dressing. (I dont use lettuce in the salad.) So, though the cucumbers are doing well, for me, they are growing at a snail’s pace!

CORN! I planted corn this year and it is doing WELL! Its about mid-calf high already, so I have no doubt it will be “knee-high by the 4th of July” LOL!

Corn

We also planted watermelon, honeydew, zucchini, and TONS of tomatoes! Zucchini is a no-brainer, so dont bother asking how well that is doing. as for the melons… I wont say anything about them until we have the melon in our kitchen and cut up.

Watermelon

Zucchini

The tomatoes? Doing well! We lost two plants, but still have about a dozen left, and a “volunteer Cherry Tomato plant”. They grow wild here, by the way.

Tomatoes

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I am not a foodie.

But, I have a few recipes I managed to steal from my Grandma’s house after she passed away before I was no longer allowed inside it. Considering that my mother can’t boil water and my sister considers fast food “home cooking”, I didnt think they would care.

So, here is one of my FAVORITE recipes. It is easy, cheap and freezes well. I do highly suggest you serve it with mashed potatoes though.

Grandma’s Sweet & Sour Meatballs and Cabbage

  • 1 Cabbage
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/4 cup dry rice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of chopped garlic

1.) Remove the core from the cabbage.

2.) Place the cabbage, core side up, into a large pot. Pour boiling water over the cabbage and cover for 10 minutes until the leaves are softened.

3.) Mix the above ingredients.

4.) Make a small handful, roll into a short log kind of shape, and roll inside a cabbage leaf.

5.) Lay the rolled cabbage into a casserole dish.

Sauce:

  • 1 can of tomato soup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

6.) Mix sauce ingredients together and pour over the rolled cabbage.

7.) Cover dish and bake in the oven at 350° for 2.5 hours, basting every 30 minutes.

8.) Serve hot (with mashed potatoes **wink wink**).

9.) Enjoy!

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