What I Wish I Was Doing

16 Aug

I wish I were canning.  My garden has finally started producing (yes, now that I’m back at work teaching).  Still, the tomatoes are ripening v e r y  s l o w l y.  I’m struggling to get enough to do anything with them.

How I wish I could take those tomatoes and peppers and make spaghetti sauce.  I still need more though!

Throw in some chili peppers, and I could make some salsa!

As my tomatoes ripen and verge on too ripe, I chop them up and put them in the freezer.  Hopefully, I really will be able to can something this weekend.  At the very least, I can make some zucchini brownies or a broccoli zucchini pizza.

As a bonus, I think I might actually be able to make fresh pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!

I’m still waiting to see if Christmas is going to grow and turn orange.

Linking to Wordless Wordful Wednesday at Project Alicia

32 Responses to “What I Wish I Was Doing”

  1. TexWisGirl August 16, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    at least it’s all still coming. 🙂

    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      It is. I’m just impatient because I’ve usually gotten almost all that I have to can done by now.

  2. Chai Chai August 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Your veggies look fantastic, nothing is better than fresh grown tomatoes.

    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      They are beautiful! I just need more than a couple a day if I want to can.

  3. Janis August 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Love fresh produce! Our tomatos are coming in nicely. I freeze mine whole. As I need them for cooking I just run them under hot water n the skin comes right off. I only got about 5 zucchini and we ate them as fast as they came in. Only had enough to do two zucchini pies! Your pumpkin looks great!

    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

      I’ve never heard of zucchini pie~fascinating! I don’t have a lot of freezer space, so I tend to can things. So far it’s the only one I’m sure will be ready. There is another tiny one that I’m hoping will finish before the first freeze.

  4. Sandy August 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Nothing like when the produce starts to come off the vines!!

    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

      It is wonderful having fresh veggies. I should be grateful rather than impatient.

  5. Sharon Qualls August 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Nice that you are getting veggies – some people had horn worms (I won’t say who) and didn’t get the big harvest she expected. That pumpkin looks mighty pretty!

    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

      I am lucky I have tomatoes and peppers. Most of my zucchini, squash, pumpkins, and gourds were wiped out. I thought it was the spray from the beans, but I found a stupid squash vine borer. Wish I could send you a couple of tomatoes.🙂

  6. Tayet August 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    We have zucchini and cucumbers coming out our ears! We also have a few watermelons coming in. Good luck with your tomatoes!


    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

      Lucky you! I usually supply my dad with his zucchini and tomatoes, and I haven’t done a very good job of that this year. Glad you are getting a good harvest.

  7. Danni August 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Oh, such beautiful vegetables! You aren’t alone with your tomato worries – I truly fear that very few of my ‘maters will ripen before fall hits. I’ve had no squash yet, just a few beets, and a minimal pea harvest.
    Your peppers look magnificent.

    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

      The peppers have been the one bright spot in the garden! Hope you get some tomatoes yet.

  8. alicia August 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    How wonderful that you use your own vegetables and can them! Wish I could stop by for Thanksgiving. A pumpkin pie with your own pumpkin? How great.

    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      I don’t know the last time I haven’t used real home grown pumpkin to make my pie~also use my own eggs and goat’s milk. You really can’t beat growing your own food!

  9. Buckeroomama August 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    How wonderful to have these in your garden! The only I’ve grown and used in my cooking is coriander (!).

    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. I love growing herbs too. It’s nice that they can be grown in pots indoors.

  10. CreationsbyDina August 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    We have the same problem with our tomatoes. We got them in late because of all the spring flooding so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. I normally have 5 gallon buckets full by this time a year to can. We barely get enough to make a batch of salsa. I like salsa but I am ready to make some pizza and spaghetti sauce and other things!!

    • Teresa August 16, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      Mine had a late start, but when we had horrible heat throughout July, they just sat there. Now we need rain. Overall, it’s just been a horrible gardening year. Hope you start getting a lot more!

  11. Talon August 17, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    Our tomatoes are sad specimens this year. I hope you get enough to do some spaghetti sauce and some salsa🙂

    Fresh pumpkin pie – delicious! Hard to imagine Thanksgiving, but it’s lurking out there, isn’t it?

    • Teresa August 17, 2011 at 6:29 am #

      I’m afraid Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Sorry your tomatoes aren’t doing as well as you’d like. I must say, I will be relieved when this garden season is finished.

  12. jen August 17, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    Our tomatoes are coming in slow too… I’ve been just makin/canning small batches, gonna make some pasta sauce today & more applesauce. We have ate acouple of good batches of garden fresh salsa, love it.

    • Teresa August 17, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      That sounds so good! I might have to do just a small batch of spaghetti sauce this weekend.

  13. Candy C. August 17, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    I made my first fresh pumpkin pie last year and you are right, nothing beats it! My tomatoes are just now starting to ripen too. Weird gardening year most everywhere!

    • Teresa August 17, 2011 at 8:27 am #

      Pumpkin pie is wonderful!

  14. Mildred August 17, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Wow! Those are wonderful! Seem so good;o)
    Thanks for sharing your fabulous pics. And thanks for visiting my place and taking the time to comment;o)

    ¤ Happy week ¤

    • Teresa August 17, 2011 at 8:36 am #

      There is nothing like fresh veggies from the farm! Glad you stopped by.

  15. Window On The Prairie August 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Our tomatoes and cukes have stopped ripening too since it cooled off and started raining. Oh well, can’t have it all, and we’re loving the cooler temps and moisture.

    • Teresa August 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      I would love to have some rain! It’s really starting to get quite dry. It seems like this has just been the strangest weather year for everyone.

  16. Amanda August 18, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    I have that same wish right now. There is so much that needs to be done at home but the work week still trudges on….

    • Teresa August 18, 2011 at 9:07 am #

      I’m hoping to have enough to do some canning this weekend, but I guess we’ll see. I’m still cleaning out buildings, so I’m not sure what the priority will be.

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