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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fresh Produce From The Neighbors

I received a call from my neighbors asking if I wanted some fresh zucchini and squash they had just harvested this morning. Yummm YAH! They have such an amazing beautiful garden (I will have to get pics to post later). I am always envious when I drive past their house and hope that next year mine will look just a quarter as wonderful as theirs.

So the girls and I wander over to find Linda sitting on the covered porch that over looks their property. The breeze was blowing, tree's are swaying and she is cleaning today's harvest. It was just so picture perfect and peaceful.

We chatted for awhile about everything and anything including the family of woodchucks that have been getting into their garden. YAHA! Now I know who has been eating the leaves off my carrots and cucumber plants, although I still do not know how they are getting in, but apparently they are pretty resourceful.

Just then Lee, her husband, walks up with a bushel of garlic that he had just taken off the drying racks. They were beautiful and proceeds to add it to a bag full of goodies just for us. Zucchini, squash, green beans, yellow wax beans, garlic and homemade zucchini brownies (which of course the girls snatched up quickly), all for us.

I felt loved and grateful. We really could not have asked for better neighbors than them for so many reasons. They are loving, friendly, and just all around good people. You can only hope to raise your children around people and a community like we have found here and I never want to leave. I am happy here and even though we have only been here but a few months, I can only see my love for North Eastern PA and the people growing. However like hubby says, "let's see how we feel after the snow comes"...lol

My head is already spinning with what to do with this produce. I think I will hang the garlic in the basement, maybe mince and can some for the freezer. The smaller bulbs I will save and plant in our garden on Columbus Day.

Automatically I thought about fresh zucchini bread in different varieties...some with mini chocolate chips, some with walnuts, ect. I love crook neck squash steamed and added to pasta with EVOO and garlic salt..... and the beans? Well C and M are already eating them raw as a snack so we will see what I have left once they are done...lol


***Sharon*** said...

Can I just say that I LOVE your neighbors! And it has nothing to do with the fact that MY neighbor has 1) said in my my former life I was a frog; 2) that Momo is from another universe (which there may be some truth to that); etc. etc. etc?!? You are BLESSED! :)

TheMoellerPad said...

You need to write your own books/novels.. I would buy it for sure.. I love the way you tell a story.. P.S. I have those same bowls, they use to be my grandmothers!

Veronica Lee said...

You are indeed blessed! I'm sure you make a great neigbour yourself!

Gorgeous pics as always, Steph!

House Of Aqua said...

You are so lucky to get all of those fresh homegrown veggies! They look delicious! I like your idea of the bread with mini chocolate chips. I recently roasted red potatos, zucchini, squash, garlic, and tomatos together with EVOO. Once roasted in the oven I added some fresh basil to the top before serving. :)

Denise said...

Wow! I'd love to live in your neighborhood. It makes me want to rush out now and get some squash and zucchini to make tonight.


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