All in a Day’s Harvest


We have been overwhelmed by the produce of our garden so far this summer. Not that we’ve gotten more than we can eat–yet; But in God’s ability to give life to something in such a tremendous and awesome way.  We DID sweat, and work, and get sore, and dig, and shovel, and rake, and plant, and water, and get eaten by mosquitoes… but honestly, I put some seeds in the ground and then stood back and watched God do the rest.  Let me tell you, He has done some amazing things.  I have plenty of pictures in this blurb, but I haven’t gotten any of the actual garden since it started producing… my bad.  But let me tell you all about it!

Little Boy SOO excited for life.

Little Boy SOO excited for life.

Starting back in April we prepped the ground, Back to Eden style: No tilling, layers of newspaper to kill the grass, a layer of dirt, and a layer of mulch to keep the ground from drying out.

Little Boy was ecstatic to be able to help our friend Lance load the mulch into the back of the truck.


I won’t go into much detail with the prep, let’s just say that it was work–but not un-enjoyable. Ben and I are a great team… and Jayden-bug, he does his best to get in the way. The weather was nice; we were able to get free newspaper, dirt, and mulch! I was in the early weeks of my first trimester with this baby, so I was taking it easy–because I was starving! And had to keep taking snack breaks! And then I was SICK and had to take I-Think-I’m-Going-To-Throw-Up breaks.  😉  Ben did his fair share of the work.

The Garden Plot   Water break

We planted snap peas, carrots, red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, roman tomatoes, marigolds around my tomatoes (I heard that was supposed to be good for some kind of pest…), lots of onions, some garlic, beans, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, Thai hot peppers, jalapeño peppers, basil, cilantro, watermelon, and raspberries!  (The herbs, watermelon, and raspberries I have around the house in different places…)  We PLANTED, and now we do a whole lot of nothing.  We water maybe once a week.  The GRASS came back, turns out Bermuda grass is a beast. So the grass is growing very nice and high up and around most of our vegetables.

I’ll get to the good part, this zucchini sautéing in butter and spices:


And this batch of 100% garden salsa:

Garden Salsa

And this basketful of a day’s harvest:

All in a day.

I think what I am trying to say to you is this: God grew this garden, and hasn’t He done a fantastic job of feeding me this summer?

What has God produced in your garden this year?

See ya’ round,


p.s.  My son LOVED planting onions, almost as much as he loves picking and eating the greens.



Where Do You Keep the “Emergency Rice”?

I don’t know about you, but we have Emergency Rice at our house and we keep it in a lidded container in the bathroom.

To explain the purpose of the Emergency Rice, I should start with a story; A story of random happenstance, one that even replayed, is so unlikely to occur that we in no way saw it coming:

Sitting on the edge of our bed one day, Husband and I were talking. (I don’t remember what about, but I’m sure it was nonsense.) Out of nowhere, I jumped up to leave the room. His poor phone, that had been sitting on the edge of the bed with us, began to fall… right into a single glass of water that had been forgotten on the floor. The splash is what caught our attention; we both just stopped. And stared… Had minor freak out.  Then mostly just laughed at how absurd this coincidence was.

Thankfully we were prepared, because, frankly, we seem to have this issue with electronics a LOT. I went to the bathroom, got out the Emergency Rice, disassembled the phone… (Ok I just took the back off and the battery… but you know), immersed the phone into the bucket of rice and left it there overnight. I found out years ago that rice will absorb all the tiny water molecules out of the phone and return it good as new (minus the rice dust that you will have to wipe off).

This old trick has worked for us at least five times for varying reasons and is a good one to have in your book, especially in this age of technology. Because you never know when you might need it.

Full disclosure: it did NOT work for our PS3 controller that got submerged in the toilet, but I blame that on the fact that I was way too scared to disassemble any part of it.

So, do you have Emergency Rice? How about any other tried and true save your “tech” tricks?

I suppose by  next year we will have all invested in the new “waterproof” phones that are being advertised… but until then, get yourself an emergency rice bucket.

Stay Excellent,