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For those of you who have been gardening forever, or those who are just not interested, please bear with me as I FREAK OUT ABOUT GARDEN SUCCESS!
I’m a newbie gardener and have so enjoyed the process, and EATING the outcome.
See that big tomato?   We ate it tonight on BLT sandwiches.  Mid-sandwich, my husband looked at me and said “wow, that is one goooooood tomato!” It is ridiculous how happy a compliment on my tomato made me, he’d be a smart man to keep complimenting my tomatoes!:)
See that monster cucumber I am cradling in my right arm?  It’s huge and yellow.  Not sure it is edible, we were out of town for a few days and came back to that beast hanging on the vine.  Anyone know if it will taste good?
I’ve had a hard time catching my squash while they are still young and tender.  It seems like one day they are babies and the next day they are too big!  I’m planning on using my food processor to chop up  the big ones, then freezing them in 2 cup portions to make a zucchini type bread.  I love to grill the tender, young ones-I just got to get on top of harvesting regularly!
So what do I do with all these cucumbers besides making pickles, and raita?  Does anyone have any good summer squash recipes?
To view my square foot garden, click here.
This post is linked to:
Gratituesday @ Heavenly Homemakers
30 Minute Blog Challenge @ Steady Mom
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk

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  • Bonita
    July 31, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Those veggies look so yummy! Congratulations on your gardening success! I do square foot gardens as well, though this year I didn’t plant them. It’s the only way I’ve been able to have growing success. Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

  • Betty Jo
    July 30, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Amy your garden is gorgeous! Beautiful bounty too. It brings back memories of a square foot garden my hubby and me once had. Every vegetable from that garden tasted like heaven to us. My granddaughters love sliced cucumber dipped in ranch dressing, simple and delicious.

  • Michelle
    July 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    You SHOULD be proud, that is an awesome harvest! We never have any luck with the zucchinis, so what is the secret??

  • Amy Bowman
    July 29, 2010 at 1:13 am

    @Megan-I tried this and my girls loved it. Will be writing a post about it soon. Thank you so much!
    @Jessica-I know, right? I used to waitress so I can hold alot of stuff at once. Comes in handy, lol.
    @Katie-I would love to try your recipe!
    @Kelly-I love seeing your face in my comment box. Yes, we are kindred spirits. I am going to grow potatoes next year, they look fun. Thanks for the compliment.
    @mrswaddleduck-sound great! I’m so bummed my fresh dill just pooped out on me, it is not looking happy in the herb pot
    @edk.dolce-thank you for the ideas!
    @Jocylyn-yes, I know. I love that you get me..
    @Jodz-it is the best, isn’t it??
    @Ange-a compliment on beauty from a beauty…thank you.
    @The Lewis Family-squash, onion, green tomato, garlic and ginger…sound heavenly!
    @Martianne-Big bummer..yes, try again for sure!
    @Mary-I don’t know if I will be able to eat a store bought one without feeling disappointment. I feel like a tomato snob..:P
    @Julie-thanks for the follow
    @Kim-thanks! that bread recipe look AMAZING.
    @Sophia-“it makes my heart sing” love that.:)

  • Sofia's Ideas
    July 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Wow! Congrats on your beautiful bounty! Any time I can successfully grow something in my patio container garden, it makes my heart sing. So I can only imagine how you must feel. 🙂

    I’m stopping by through Steady Mom’s 30 Minute Challenge. I hope you’ll do the same! You can find me @

  • Kim
    July 28, 2010 at 2:32 am


    I bought my first 2 summer squash ever @ the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago & used one to make this tho its more of a cake so I will be making it into minimuffins next time but OH SO YUMMY!!!!

  • Julie
    July 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Fresh vegetables are sooo good! New Follower!

  • Mary @ A Smple Twist of Faith
    July 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Your vegetables look great! This summer was my husband’s first attempt of growing a garden from seed, unfortunately most of it dried up when we were visiting friends over the 4th of July weekend. Thank goodness, the tomatoes have survived, nothing beats a homegrown tomato!

  • Jodz
    July 27, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Well done. I too get so excited when we eat our own produce.

  • Martianne
    July 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    What a fun photo of your joy with produce… My first attempt at vegetable gardening failed already. the tomato bed dried up when we were in hospital having our youngest son. I didn’t mind the trade off and will try again next year!

  • The Lewis Family
    July 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    My favorite way is to slice up the squash with some white onion and green tomatoes and put it in a pan with a couple of tablespoons of butter and a bit of water. Add a dash or two of ginger and let it cook. Yummy!!!

    We had a garden when I was a teen and the only thing that would grow was tomatoes and squash (the soil was too acidic for anything else, apparently). We ate this the whole summer.

  • Ange
    July 27, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I love this picture of you – just beautiful!!

  • Kelly Morris
    July 27, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Look at you with all your ‘babies’! Isn’t it a blast? I was harvesting potatoes today and was thinking of the same post in my head ~ scary, we think too much alike.

    Your hair and nails look great to boot!!

  • Jocelyn
    July 27, 2010 at 3:15 am

    yea for a great garden harvest! this is my first year with a successful garden…i can’t explain the happiness it is to walk inside with an arm full of garden goodies…but you know!:-)

  • edk.dolce
    July 27, 2010 at 3:04 am

    I make summer squash and zucchini together over the stove. Boil both until soft & tender, and drain any excess water. Put the pan back on the heat and add about 2tbsp of margarine or butter. Season with pepper. But it can be altered any way. LOL I cant wait to grow veggies next year.

  • mrswaddleduck
    July 27, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Cucumbers make wonderful salads. Cut very thin in rounds, sprinkle some salt and let water draw out for about 10 minutes. Prepare your favorite vinegrette (sp?) and add some cream and lots of dried or fresh dill. Add some chopped onion to your cucumbers, drizzle with dressing and enjoy.

  • Katie
    July 27, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Congrats! I LOVE veggies from the garden. We recently moved, but had a great vegetable garden at our old house, and can’t wait to start one here.

    Need a great recipe for Zucchini Bread? I have one, and it also freezes wonderfully. Send me an email via my blog, and I’d be happy to share it!

    Bon Appetit!

  • Jessica @ This Blessed Life
    July 27, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I love how you are using every inch of fingers, hand, and arm to hold those veggies! Hilarious! Congrats on your first harvest! 🙂

  • Megan
    July 27, 2010 at 1:42 am

    mmmm— squash!! What a green thumb you have!! 🙂

    Try cutting the squash in bite sized pieces. Melt some butter in a pan and add some minced/chopped garlic. Stir in the squash and cover, so it can steam a bit. Stir occasionally until it reaches desired tenderness.

    Last night I made kabobs with chicken, sausage, and chunks of zucchini, on the grill. Sprinkled it all with some salt and pepper. DELISH!

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