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Farmer Panache - An abundant harvest

Happy Friday! TGIF! I can't believe another week is almost over! Oh, the plans I had for blogging this week! Well, sometimes things just don't work out like you plan, right? I've spent most of the week helping Mom and Dad get settled, choose a new bank, a new pharmacy, find boxes with important papers or items, and so on. Thank God we're almost done!
While I was away Mr. Panache was busy playing in the dirt. I came home to a wonderful little plot we call a "garden" which was teeming with baby vegetables. Our first crop of cucumbers were harvested this week. I was amazed at how many we took in from our "first fruits". Of course, we are rather proud of our little garden. It's the first time we've ever planted one. Like a proud mama, I thought I would share some pictures of our little ones. :-)
I love, Love, LOVE cucumbers! We eat them fresh - sliced with a little salt and cracked black pepper. We eat them as Quick Pickles - a recipe that my Mom gave us. I eat them as Cucumber Sandwiches with cream cheese and garlic, onion and dill. Of course, we eat them in salads - every salad!
Our neighbors didn't raise a garden this year but they are receiving benefits from living next door. We have so many cucumbers that we can't use them all. It's kind of neat to be able to share. I can remember when I was a little girl going to my Grandpa Lucas' house during the summer - we would ALWAYS go home with arm-loads of fresh veggies and fruits and plenty of canned goods to last for months.

I really like the whole thought of organic fruits and vegetables. No pesticides or funky chemicals have been used and they have been cared for and nurtured daily by Mr. Panache himself. We also planted greenbeans, tomatoes, corn, watermelon and banana peppers. We picked our first "mess" of greenbeans yesterday and while our tomatoes have not yet ripened, we've had some good old down-home Fried Green Tomatoes. Although, I had a little difficulty not thinking about the movie and the infamous BBQ dinner served - yuck! I hope to share more pictures with you as our garden comes in along with some new Country-style recipes that would even make Paula Deen proud!

If you have any special cucumber recipes, I would love to hear about them. Truly, we have an abundant harvest and I'm game to try something new with them.
Thanks to everyone who dropped by to welcome me back. I've missed you all and plan to make my round of visits later today and tomorrow. I have so much to catch up on! :-)
Oh, and thanks for the "tips" for helping my parents make this big transition!
Until I see you again,
Happy Homemaking!


Gwynie Pie said...

Spectacular cucumbers. You should see my crop -- kinda puny. But, the heat here in West Texas is really kicking us. I'd love to have your quick pickle recipe IF it's something you share. Nothing, nothing, nothing beats a homemade pickle !!! Happy Friday !

Gwyn Rosser
@The Pink Tractor

Melanie said...

Cool Cukes! Cucumbers sliced long ways are great in a black bean burrito. And, of course, I love them in a taco salad. Cucumber and cilantro make a great combo.
P.S. I'm working on a post for L&S.

Anonymous said...

Put a touch of oil in a pan on the stove. Flour your sliced cucumbers then put them in the warm pan and brown them ever so lightly. Serve with Horseradish sauce. Delicious!

I know, I know, it doesn't sound good but it remindes me of fried Zuchinni. My husband does not care for cucumbers but loves these kind.

Good Luck with your parents... how fun! Nancy from OHIO

xinex said...

Those cumcumbers look so good and fresh,. Lucky you for having such a good harvest...Christine

Deanna said...

Your veggies look beautiful.
They would taste so crisp in a cucumber sandwich.

Designs on 47th Street said...

I'm so pleased to have you back and blogging once again. So sweet of you to help your parents.

My husband also loves to play in the dirt. He told me last night our cucumbers are taking off and we should we picking some soon. Last year we had so many I ended up making dill pickles...the first time in years. We just couldn't eat and give away enough!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Oh, those cucumbers look so pretty and tasty! Our cucumbers haven't done too well this year unfortunately. When I make cucumber sandwiches, I dice my cucumber, add a little grated onion, a dash of seasoning salt and black pepper and mix in mayo and sour cream. Let it set over night and then make sandwiches. It's delicious! Also, add some cucumber in homemade salsa. It gives it a very fresh taste!

Tammy518 said...

Yummy! There's nothing better than veggies straight out of the garden. I make a very simple salad out of cucumbers, but everyone always likes it. I put sliced cucumber and onion in a container and pour in some olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Add some salt and pepper and let everything mingle together for a while. It's good as is, but somethings I'll add fresh diced tomatoes also.

BrushedByAnAngel said...

I don't have any recipes for cucumbers but we do have fried pickles here in the south. I love the taste but don't know how to cook them.

I think I caught you on our Christian Network several weeks ago (can't be sure because it was about 2 in the morning). I wake around 2 every morning and turn on the TV in hopes of falling back to sleep. Anyway, you were on there with your friend. You talked about decorating the table and cooking I think. Anyway, I wanted you to know I was excited to see someone from Blogland "up close and personal" - well as personal as you can get on TV.

The segment wasn't long enough for me, hope you get to come back again because I love your blog.


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