What did the papa tomato say to the baby tomato?
“Hurry and ketchup!”
Why did Mrs. Tomato turn red?
She saw Mr. Green Pea over the back fence.
I’ve decided to jump into Katrina Kennedy’s Capture Your 365 for the month of August. I’m not making any promises. Usually when I start something like this, I’m good for about a week and then I give up, but I do like a lot of the prompts so perhaps that will keep me going.
The prompt for today is My Everyday. I was going to take some photos of M and M the Younger working on the deck (we are replacing the old decking which was in bad shape). It’s chaos out there at the moment, and chaos has been pretty much My Everyday since we moved into the house here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. That’s the way of things when you buy a property and house that need lots of elbow grease and tender loving care.
However. My Everyday for the next few weeks (at least!) will be tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. You see, I was so excited about having a greenhouse that, early in the spring, I started lots of tomato plants thinking that some of the seeds wouldn’t come up. I was wrong in my thinking. We had so many tomato plants that we had to let some of them go. Even so, we planted many of them, thinking that maybe some wouldn’t make it through the early spring or the dry early summer. Well, I was wrong about that, too. All of which leads to an overabundance of tomatoes. But wait! There’s more. Our CSA share includes a lot of tomatoes now, too, adding to our tomato glut.
Next year I will plan things out a little better. I hope. We have been giving away a lot of cucumbers, basil, and tomatoes so they are not going to waste (and M has found a good way to make new friends at work).
Today, while M and M the Younger work on the deck, I am making a few batches of Simple Roasted Tomato Soup. I’ve made this a few times, and it’s my favorite tomato soup. I leave out the butter (as yummy as it sounds), and have alternated between basil and cilantro. I like it both ways, although I’m partial to cilantro. Maybe that’s because we’ve been eating so much basil lately.
I don’t plan on canning this year. The kitchen is small, and I can’t bear the thought of the extra heat and humidity that would result from boiling large pots of water. M is talking about setting something up outside next year so we can at least do the processing part without heating up the house.
In the meantime, I’ll be freezing soups and sauces, and praying we don’t have any major power outages once I get our big chest freezer stocked.
Thank you for dropping in today, and joining me in the kitchen. It’s overcast today with storms predicted for this afternoon. We were hoping to go kayaking and hiking with M the Younger, but it doesn’t look as though the weather is going to cooperate. Going to watch the sunset is probably out of the question, too, but you never know. Sometimes the sky suddenly clears up around sunset, and if we do have storms, after-the-storm sunsets can be pretty spectacular. If it does clear up, join us down at the Point. Sunset is at 8:12 PM tonight.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: The scents coming out of the kitchen from the roasting vegetables; the beauty of a simple tomato soup; spending time with my youngest son; fun with Bo the Dog; the bounty of the garden and the joy of eating something you grew yourself.