Tuesday, April 28, 2009

From The Heart Of Our Garden

During the overnight hours our extended area was hit by a massive rainstorm. Many streets in nearby areas were flooded, cars stranded, feeder roads impassible at points. It was ugly to say the least. Thankfully the LORD continued to keep our home and family safe, as usual. Thank YOU FATHER!

This morning I went out to check on the garden and see how it fared the weather. We pray over our garden daily so we knew in our heart of hearts that the LORD had protected it. As I went out to survey things, I couldn't get over how well everything is doing. Each day we have new growth on everything. Wow, GOD is certainly blessing our crops.

Deuteronomy 28:1-9 "And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways."

While out there, I saw several of our herbs were ready to be gleaned so I took out my harvesting basket and garden sheers. Before I knew it, I had a bountiful harvest ready to be taken to the family meal table. Here's a peek at what I gathered today...

Jalapeno peppers ~~~ Stevia

Basil ~~~ Red Sails Lettuce

Dill ~~~ Sage

Rosemary ~~~ Cilantro

Everything has been rinsed and is patiently awaiting to be utilized. Tonight we are having chicken so the sage will certainly be used in that. I have a few tomatoes from the store that the jalapenos and cilantro will make a nice addition to when I make up a small batch of homemade salsa. I found a recipe for herb bread that sounded absolutely delicious, so a few of the basil & rosemary leaves will go to that treat. As for the stevia, I am going to make a simple syrup with it to add to my iced tea. It never ceases to amaze me at how much you can do in the kitchen. Cooking and creating in the kitchen is so much fun!


Sarah said...

Okay, do I say the same thing every time I visit? Do I always say how jealous I am that you already have produce and mine isn't even in the garden yet? No fair! :)

Seriously, I am happy for your bounty and glad the Lord has blessed you with much. As I was looking at your pictures, I was anxious to see how you were going to put it all to use. That is the one thing - it all seems to hit at the same time, especially around here. I do canning, but still seems like there are often times where all you can do is give it away!

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

I am excited for you ... as I read today's gardening post, I thought of the green tomato I saw in yesterday's photos. I don't know if you've ever had Fried Green Tomatoes, but if not, when that tomato and a couple of his friends get a little larger I have a good recipe. http://herpeculiarlife.blogspot.com/2008/07/fried-green-tomatoes.html

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

Sarah ~

You always make me smile! I agree, sometimes you have to give things away as it's just too much. But this year we went into with that praying mindset...we asked the LORD for a bounty large enough to eat, can and give-a-way. So I am looking forward to being able to bless others with a taste of the good life. *grin*

Mrs. B ~

I haven't eaten them before but have wanted to try them. In fact Hubby & I were just talking about this exact dish the other night. GOD must have told you to link your recipes as I had just gotten on line a few minutes after posting to find a TNT Fried Green Tomato recipe! Thanks for sharing it with me.

The Southern Housewife said...

Oh sweetie, thank you so much for your comment. Sometimes it's so hard to be the odd one out. I offer my opinions because the majority of my readers are stay at homes and are godly women. Why would you read my blog if all I do is say things you don't agree with?! I'm sure there are many feminist blogs out there. And do you see them on my blogroll? No! Sadly, a lot of women cannot learn to live together, and they like make it known via comments. Sometimes it makes me wonder why I blog at all.

But YOU are the reason I keep writing. I love meeting women like you who are all about being keepers of their homes and they're not ashamed of it! So, thank you so much! Your comment warmed my heart. :)

Bonnie said...

What an amazing harvest you got from your garden !! So glad it was protected ....

Conny said...

mmmmmmm - it all looks SO good. If you ever feel inclined or have the time, could you blog more about uses for Stevia? I have heard so much about it being better for sweetening things but have NO idea how to go about using it.

Blessed Beyond said...

Oh it looks wonderful! What a blessing! We finally have lil plants coming up for our seeds. Enjoy your goodies!!!

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

Blessed Beyond ~

I am so glad your seeds are sprouting. Just think, in no time at all you'll be able to harvest dinner! That's the fun part. I bet the girls are enjoying watching things grow.