our gardens

what are you picking for dinner?

Before we fill you in on what we have going on in our Knoxville bed this year, we want to wrap up our look back with a summary of what we were able to harvest last year.

WARNING: Due to this year’s cruel and unusual winter, the following images may push you to your limits.

We certainly did not reap as much as we had hoped, but we were very pleased with what we were given. When it comes to gardening, you win some you lose some.  We, like others, had our share of disease and unwanted bugs, and some plants that just didn’t thrive for one reason or another. Despite the setbacks, we made out like bandits.


Seriously, is there anything better than going out in your own yard and picking a fresh salad? Ok… well, I can think of a few things, but it’s definitely up there.


Tomatillos were the gift that kept on giving…


We Ryan made quite a bit of tomatillo salsa with those bad boys (so good). He was also able to whip up some amazing tomato sauce using our Bell Star tomatoes- a few times. Understandably, I was rather taken by my man’s ability and passion for growing and cooking healthy and ‘safe’ (no chemicals or GMOs) food for our family. We had been gradually moving that direction with what we had been eating (no red meat, no high fructose corn syrup, etc.), but once I went vegetarian we stepped up our game- having this garden certainly didn’t hurt either.

My handsome husband in his realm.

We can’t always exhibit such good behavior, so here are some pictures of us going off the rails…

Breaded parmesan zucchini sticks with sauteed summer squash, zucchini, and onions.


Here is proof that I married a southern man- fried okra (from the garden). Truth be told, I had okra once before meeting him and “didn’t like it.” Today, I am singing a different tune…I love when Ryan makes his famous okra. Beside the okra is more squash cooked up the ‘okra way’ this time. I don’t know if I can keep talking about this… I want some now.


Aside from the squash, nothing excited us more than indulging in the blueberries. Blueberries- nuff said.


As sweet as the summer was to the food side of our life, fall proved to be a little sweeter.  Below is our “black friday harvest”.


We even had enough to bring to our new home…where we live alone, again (insert girly shrills and leg kicks here).

Green peppers, jalapenos, eggplant, okra, tomatoes, and of course tomatillos.


Check it out. My honey made dinner, kale soup. Dinner picked from the garden as one of our first meals in the new casa, I don’t hate it…


So it was a tough year, but we got a few more life lessons under our belt while discovering how good it truly feels to live a little closer to the earth.

With our bellies full of garden goodness, we walked away saying, “I’ll be back.” (Can you hear Arrrnold?)

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