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Whoa, that’s one giant piece of Lint!

Well, not Lint, as in  fuzz, but rather “Lindt” as in the Chocolate made by Lindor.  My dear Hubby brought this home to surprise me! He knows I Looooove these candies. The milk chocolate inside is so soft and creamy. Literally the best Chocolate I’ve ever tasted!

The giant candy, is actually a candy dish, and inside there are about 40 Lindt Milk Chocolate Truffle Balls. enough to share…..(if you must 😉 !

Giant Lindt  Ball

End of Season Tomatoes

Window Sill Ripening Tomatoes. Last Harvest 2014

I gathered my remaining Tomatoes from the vine at the end of October. We were expecting our first frost, and  I just couldn’t see them going to waste.  We got several dozen tomatoes from that single plant….my first  vegetable in my TN garden.

I placed them on my windowsill in my sun room which has sun light on three sides throughout the day.   The sun room doesn’t get as hot in the fall and at night we keep the room at a cool  60˚.

I read somewhere, that it can take 1-2 weeks to ripen tomatoes wrapped in brown paper bags or newspaper, but I liked being able to see my pretty tomatoes.  They make me smile,  almost as much as flowers do… (almost)!

Having not given the thought that they actually “would” ripen, I just assumed they would take at least the full two weeks.  I had hoped to share them with my Mother who is coming for a visit this Thanksgiving.

Long story short, most of my Tomatoes are just about fully ripened, after only one week. Unless I make Salsa  or another recipe, I will not be able to share my fresh tomatoes with my Mother.

In the meantime, I have heard so many people talk about a Southern staple of Fried Green Tomatoes.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I did an online search for them and found so many varying recipes.  Some had ingredients I didn’t like (such as Cajun spice) and others used more or less ingredients etc.  Here’s what I came up with.

Ingrediants 4FGT

Fried Green Tomatoes

-1 large beaten egg
-1/2 cup buttermilk
-1/2 cup general all purpose flour
-1/2 cup cornmeal
-1 tsp. Salt (optional)
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-3 medium-sized green tomatoes (cut into 1/3 inch slices)
-Enough vegetable oil for half inch depth in frying pan. (I used a non stick pan)

In small bowl combine egg and buttermilk, set aside
In separate bowl mix 1/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of cornmeal, pepper and (optional) salt~ I try not to use salt when cooking, but rather use the shaker at the table if desired).

Next, Dip cut slices of green tomatoes in bowl of 1/4 flour to coat, lightly shake off excess, then dip into egg mixture and then coat in cornmeal mixture.

fryingGreenTomatoes

In a frying pan, heat oil.  Carefully place tomatoes in single layer in hot oil and Cook for 2 minutes on each side until you reach a nice golden color.  Do not burn.  Remove from oil and place on paper towel to soak up any extra grease and then cool.   Season to taste with salt & additional pepper if desired.

Fried Green Tomatoes

My hubby liked them.  After trying however, I personally couldn’t get past the whole “not ripe” tomato thing!  I thought it was just strange.  So…….I made myself a normal, everyday Tomato sandwich on a Toasted Whole Wheat bun with oodles of Hellman’s Mayo and black pepper!  Yum….nothing tastes as good as simplicity!

Fresh sill ripened Tomato Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bunwith loads of Hellman's Mayo, Black Pepper and fresh from the garden Lemon Thyme Sprig for garnish! Yum....nothing tastes as good as simplicity!

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.  ~Lewis Grizzard

Thanksforgiving : A Poem

 Orange, yellow, sage, brown and mauve…..
these are the colors of fall that I love.

Pumpkins, leaf kicking, and costumes for fun….
gathering the family, yet missing someone.

Drying leaves and air so crisp….
the fog, the breath, the floating mist.

Goodbye swimsuits, beach balls and floats….
time now for mittens and those big bulky coats.

Hot chocolate, football, let’s cheer for your team….
Stuff the turkey, set the table, make wine glasses gleam.

Thankful each day for the shoes on our feet….
while praising the Lord for the food that we eat.

A blessing from Heaven, for all those on earth…..
for doing good deeds and proving their worth.

Our puppies, our kitty’s our parents our kids…..
Thank you dear Lord, for the reasons we live.

Teaching, learning and helping us grow….
to be better people from all that we know.

Forgiveness for the asking each day if we must….
remember our God, in him we can trust.

Be honest, be faithful, be giving and kind…..
be all you can be or you’ll be left behind.

Be thankful each day, morning, noon and at night…..
say your prayers often, and your future will be bright.

We shouldn’t just pray but one day in November……
but rather each day in the months through December.

Thanksgiving is coming, and Christmas is near….
we can all thank our God, for our living this year.

-Pamela Kinney

doughbowl fall14

Beefsteak Charlie 1

Tomatoes are one of the simplest of vegetables that one can grow. Providing the right conditions, (including water, sun, soil, and enough attention from the gardener);  you will have yourself eating a BLT with your very own fresh tomatoes in about 60-90 days.  Even at my age, planting tomatoes, is a first for me…..I have a looong way to go to become an expert vegetable gardener who offers up advice. This post is purely about  my experience.

 The best place to seek God is in a garden . You can dig for him there. ~George Bernard Shaw

I planted a seedling a little over two months ago, having no idea if vegetables will work with my soil type. Tennessee has more rocks than dirt in my neck of the woods., so I did NOT take the time to prepare the soil, nor did I make a decent garden bed. \Shame on me/ I figured, if this one plant survives and produces, then next year I will make a proper garden elsewhere in my yard.

I dubbed my first seedling “Beefsteak Charlie 1“. I’ve been checking daily for it’s progress, and with each growth spurt, I have been pleasantly surprised and tickled pink. Often times I have a childlike enthusiasm and I tend to flip out over the simplest of things. (insert big cheesy grin here !) 😀

About 1 week old tomato

I have been watching the leaves grow on BC1, from one leaf into three, four and so on. Seeing little yellow flowers grow on the stems and wondering what they were and if it was normal or not. I have been giddy with excitement from the first teenie tiny tomato which was about the size of a straight pin head.

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

As BC1 matures, his shape is nice and round, but his green stalk/vine is rather leggy. Not as many leaves as I had thought, and not very bushy as I have seen in other gardens. Perhaps it is because I planted BC1 in front of a fence which gives him a bit of shade. (not smart on my part). Next year, I will hopefully remedy that mistake, and plant my tomatoes in full sun. Live and learn.

Approximately 3 weeks old

3 weeks old

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns

Beefsteak Charlie1 on the rise

Turning red

Super Simple Tomato Marker made from a (recycled) plastic lid and a Twig, using Acrylic (color) Paints and Clear Krylon sealer paint.

Super Simple  Tomato Marker made from a (recycled) plastic lid and a
Twig, using Acrylic (color) Paints and Clear Krylon sealer paint.

Double Tomato

Picken my first Tomato 7-16-14

Picken my first Tomato 7-16-14

Today I harvested my very first Tomato. Although small, it must’ve been ready, because it came off in my hand as I was checking it’s firmness on the stem. It may have come off too soon. It does have a little pale (orangey) color on the backside to it yet, so I will let it sit on the window sill for a day or so to fully ripen. It should be a deeper, brighter red., in my opinion.

Beefsteak Charlie 1  debut 7-16-14 Black Eyed Susan,  Moonbeam Coreopsis, & Russian Sage  Pitcher Vase made in Italy

Beefsteak Charlie 1
Black Eyed Susan, Moonbeam Coreopsis, & Russian Sage
Pitcher Vase made in Italy

Once the tiny tomato formed from the flower, it took a little over 30 days to produce a somewhat ripened tomato ~ give or take a few days. In the mean time, BC1 gave me a chance to learn how to use a makeshift photo box, for better photos of my smaller objects. (Thank you Pinterest)! Now I just have to remember to use my good camera instead of the convenience of using my cell phone……what a difference it makes!
Happy Gardening .

My first Tomato Harvested

My first Tomato Harvested

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. ~Mrs. C.W. Earle

 

Vitameatavegamin VEGGIE BURGER!!!

I recently had the opportunity, as a BzzAgent, to try my first Veggie burger

from MorningStar Farms®.
I truly enjoyed my Grillers California Turk’y burger with avocados(another first for me) & tomatoes.

On a Kaiser roll with the California Turk’y Burger, I added lettuce and tomato slices and it tasted so delicious. I paired it with Garlic mashed potatoes, Orange & Apple slices. An all around healthy meal!

Meatless Monday

Morningstar Meatless Mondays Turkey burger

Here it is! I went Vegan for at least a day. Since I am not much for red meats, this wasn’t too hard for me. However, I am a very picky person. I was gung ho when I signed up for this campaign with BzzAgent.com and when I received the coupon packet in the mail, I started to get a little leary of actually “trying” it myself. I figured, well, maybe, just maybe, I can let my family experiment with it, and give me “their” feedback.

I headed to the store, and searched the isles for the frozen section that carried Morningstar Farms products. Hmmm. Oh no. I am getting nervous now. Darn, girl. You can do this, I said to myself. Just pick out something with turkey or chicken in it. That’s all I eat anyways. So, I grabbed a box of Grillin California Turk’y Burgers. I headed to the produce department, and nabbed a head of lettuce and a couple of juicy ripe tomatoes. Also picked up a few fruits while I was there!

In the kitchen, I popped the Grillen California Turk’y Burgers in the oven (real simple), and decided to make some Garlic mashed potatoes as our side dish. I also sliced  up Granny Smith Apples and some sweet California bright Oranges.  I prepared the dinner plates for the family, (while contemplating ravioli for myself…….Nahhhhhh) I made up a plate for myself. I thought to myself. Grin and bare it kid! Suck it up. Be strong. Be brave. Be…..adventurous.

Sigh.

I took a much hesitant, but rather large bite of this Turk’y burger on the huge Kaiser roll. Which, I might add….I do NOT like those big buns!  I was (no lie), Astounded, by how much I liked it. Before my shocked husband could ask me how I liked it, I took a second bite. Just to be sure I wasn’t tricked.  WoW. I really like this. I never, ever, ever would have tried this on my own. (Had I not had a free coupon and a obligation to Bzz about it 😉 I really, in all honesty, can not believe I liked it. It tastes great. Not at all what I was expecting.

On the somewhat dark side……..

I thought the patty was flat. Skinny. Lacking at first glance. My only gripe!

I expected it to taste like most “healthy” foods do…….like cardboard.

How on earth could this measly little piece of meat, deliver a satisfied meal?

Well, it did. Between the Huge bun, the lettuce, tomato, apples and orange slices and the garlic mashed potatoes……I was stuffed. After all….it was initially meant to be a “Healthy” meal. I think I did pretty good at trying something new, and keeping it a little on the lighter side.

So. Will I purchase another box of MorningStar Farms® ?

You Betcha!

https://www.morningstarfarms.com/

I am a BzzAgent, and am given FREE products or coupons for products, to try, in exchange for an honest opinion on them.