Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The Happy Homemaker
Broccoli is supposed to be a spring vegetable, but I just pulled my plants out a few weeks ago because they were going strong into the end of July due to the chilly weather. It is August 11th and FINALLY it is hot and humid. I was on my way to being one bitter woman as I watched day after day roll by with no beach worthy weather in sight.
Because it has been unusually cold this summer, the garden is not thriving the way I would like it to. We got a lot of broccoli, a handful of peas, some green beans, a decent amount of swiss chard, and a whole heck of a lot of tomatoes on their way. But my basil is like two inches high and the green peppers are clearly going to be harvested, stuffed and served up in Frankie's dollhouse.
I am itching, I tell you, ITCHING for my tomatoes to ripen. I am ready to move on from making fifteen gallons of milk into ricotta (well, only six so far, ask Dean how much he enjoys having the other nine stuffed in our fridge so that large Pyrex containers of leftovers perch so precariously that they fall to his toes when he opens the door), to canning tomatoes. Flavored with the approximately three basil leaves that are growing in our garden.
I am in full Martha Stewart mode right now. Full thwarted-Martha Stewart mode, since I don't actually get to accomplish any of the projects I have just waiting to be made by my hot little hands. I've got chair from a garage sale to paint (what color goes with olive/chartreuse velvet?), coffee table from Goodwill to sand, fabric birds to sew, dresses to finish, wallpaper to hang, walls to paint...