Monthly Archives: June 2015

Photo of the Day #22: More Photos

IMG_0478Phew! The garden is in full swing now! It takes all our time to keep up. The welcomed, yet dreaded zucchini and cucumbers have fruited. It won’t be long until we’re over-run. If posts disappear during the month of July and August, you’ll know what happened. It was the zucchini.

All our watermelons are in, many thanks to the college ministry group coming out to help us. With all the water we’ve been having, the melons are all very, very happy. (Our poor tomatoes are quite ready for it to stop, though.)

Seems like every year, no matter the weather, some things flourish and some things don’t. Like Derek’s grandmother used to tell me, you have to take advantage of the bountiful things while you can. There’s always something to be thankful to God for.





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Photo of the Day #21

IMG_0483Well, we made it. This is the last Picture of the Day for now in this series. (By now everything has grown so much, another series could be started!)

For those of you thinking it’s anti-climactic to end with a row of onions, you should know — we adore onions. Onions go into every dish here. They were the first of our winter stash to run out. You can never have enough of onions. Onions are a wonderful, marvelous creation.

There’s few things better to end on.

Than onions.


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Photo of the Day #20

IMG_0451Iowa is so beautiful. I can’t help taking pictures sometime with no purpose other than to capture that beauty. Likewise, Derek and I can’t help growing a few flowers every year, for no other purpose than to enjoy them. (Remember the marigolds?)

These iris against the sun don’t even come close to the beauty, but maybe it’ll give you an idea. God’s creation never ceases to amaze me. Even just all the colors of iris there are. (You can see some examples in the picture section on our Facebook Page.)

Derek’s favorite has always been the large white ones, hands down. As for me? Well, I think my favorite ends up being whichever one is blooming! (I can’t make up my mind.)

There’s so much more to life than growing vegetables to sell. That’s what this picture means to me.

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Photo of the Day #19


It’s been a love-hate relationship wit this veggie. When I was little, I hated it. Now that I’m older, I love it! Paired with eggs, Alfredo pizzas, or soups, it’s so wonderful. And good for you too. I’m not sure I could ever get enough spinach.


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Photo of the Day #18

IMG_0455Baby Parsnip. Isn’t it cute?

I learned this year that parsnips can overwinter. So instead of harvesting them all, they can be left in the ground and pulled up as needed through the winter. I’ll have to see how that works.

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a parsnip.

Anybody know how to cook a parsnip?


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