Monday, September 19, 2016

Menu plan for the week of September 19

Right now, as this is published, I am on my way back home after spending the weekend at a family wedding.  I left the boys at home because AKD had a race--his first of the season--and everybody had school.  Well, except Hubby, but somebody's gotta work around here.  Because, you know, food and teenagers, and clothing and housing and stuff.  And work, he did.  He didn't have to deal with any of the super crazy days solo (although that was the original plan), but he still had to schlep kids around for four days.  Bravo, Hubby, you made it!  At least, I assume you will/did, as I am typing this, a week in advance.

Anyway, I don't know what's for supper today--hopefully something good.  As for the rest of the week?  I've got a plan.  Here goes...

Almond Chicken Tenders from Hip2Save

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Menu plan for the week of September 12

I know, I know.  Last week, on that so very Mondayish Tuesday, I told y'all I doubted there would be a menu post this week.  But later in the week, I was reminded just how much you depend on (is "depend on" too strongly worded?  Perhaps "anticipate" would be better?) the weekly inspiration afforded by these words on a screen (with links!).  I get that.  And I'm here for you, friends.

I'm doing some freezer cooking this week, despite the fact that my freezer is full.  That's right.  I've got 48 (that's forty-eight) pounds of ground turkey in my freezer, the one that my favorite brother in law lovingly refers to as my "starter freezer," right now, along will a lot of other stuff.  And somehow, my brain thinks it's a great idea to add more.  Oh, brain...

Yeah.  I've never been all that great with spatial analysis.

On to the meals!
Cheesy ham & bacon potato casserole from Sweet Basil

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Other:
  • Zesty salsa?  Maybe?  I have some ripe tomatoes, and I need to do something with them.  My boys seem to think we don't have enough salsa to last until next tomato harvest...
  • Chocolate chip zucchini muffins (yes, we still have zucchini coming, not to mention all that shredded zucchini in the freezer.  Good thing the boys love these muffins)
  • Taco bean soup

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Celebrate Recovery 365 Daily Devotional: A Review


Celebrate Recovery is a Bible-based ministry that helps people overcome their hurts, habits, and hang-ups.  Celebrate Recovery 365 Daily Devotional is a companion volume to this program, which aims to support folks in giving up their addictions.  I wanted to read this devotional because I, like many, have some destructive habits that I would like to break.

Written by Celebrate Recovery founder, John Baker, along with Johnny Baker and Mac Owen, this book contains 365 short, one page devotionals, consisting of a 1-3 verse snippet of scripture, a 2-3 paragraph meditation, and a 1-2 sentence prayer.  Each page takes just a couple of minutes to read.

As promised, the book is definitely geared toward recovery from addiction.  The devotions easy to read.  They are hopeful and true.  As with any devotional, the power comes from connecting, daily, with God's word.  The pages of this book do a great job reminding readers that nothing is impossible for God, even overcoming deep seated addictions.

I wasn't able to connect to the readings the way I thought I would, however.  I think it's probably because of the male perspective and tone of the writing.  All three of the authors are male, so while readers do get slightly different perspectives, they are all still male.

Bottom line: This is an excellent resource for keeping Christians on track with their recovery, especially those who are going through the Celebrate Recovery program, but it would have benefitted from a female perspective.

I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Punderdome: A Review

I love puns--the cheesier, the better.  You might have noticed that about me.  My oldest boy shares my love of puns, so it was with great anticipation that we opened Punderdome--A Card Game for Pun Lovers.
Punderdome is based on the renowned live game show.  The renowned live game show that I had never heard of.  So...just in case you've never heard of it either, here's a clip.

Warning for sensitive viewers--adult topics.



In this clip, contestants are alternately coming up with as many TV show puns as they can.

In Punderdome the card game, the Prompter draws two prompt cards, then at least two contestants have a set amount of time to come up with one pun that combines the two prompt cards.  The prompter then chooses his favorite pun, and that punster receives the points for that round.  There's also a speed round, which rewards the winner by giving them extra time to come up with a winning pun in the following round.

The game includes 200 double-sided cards (100 White and 100 Green), 2 Mystery Envelopes with fill-in prize slips, 2 80-page pads for drafting puns, 1 instruction card and 1 pun example card, all in a sturdy box.  The box and cards are good quality, and the directions are clear and easy to understand.  The pads of paper are pretty small (2.5 x 3.5 inches), so I would suggest using a small dry erase board for brainstorming, as I saw in a few of the Punderdome clips I watched.

AKD and I opened the box and eagerly read the instructions.  Then we dutifully drew two cards, read them out...and stared blankly at each other.  I don't remember what those two prompts were, but both of us were at a complete loss as to how to incorporate them into one pun.  Maybe we're not good thinking on our feet, but I feel like this game is much too difficult if played according to the directions.  It was disappointing, because we had great hopes for this game.

I do think we could still have fun with Punderdome, especially adding additional pun-lovers to the mix (Hubby's family is full of 'em).  I would definitely play in teams, and I would allow puns based on just one of the prompts, with extra credit for combining the two.

Bottom line: while this game has great potential, it's just too difficult.

I received this game for free from the publisher through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Mondayish Tuesday menu post

Amiright?  

Yes, well, here I am on this Mondayish Tuesday afternoon.  Haven't gotten a whole lot done today, and I have a headache.  In an effort to feel like I've accomplished something today (something besides making the bed, which, I will admit, is not nothing), I've decided to share our menu plan for the week.

I know.  It's not Monday, it's not even Friday, and it's no longer "summer" (and by no longer summer I mean after-labor-day-and-the-kids-have-started-school-so-summer-is-over), so I can't use summer's sporadicity as an excuse.  I just...didn't post the menu yet.  And I'm warning you now, I'm probably not going to post one next week, either.  But I've got ya covered (albeit a little late) for this week.  Without further ado, this weeks' menu:

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What's on your menu this week?



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Second to last

I have a friend whose oldest child is heading off to college for the first time this fall.  During the school year, I see this friend just about every week, so I was well informed on the senior year happenings for this family.  I heard about all of the lasts.  Last first day of school.  Last homecoming.  Last spring break.  Last AP exam.  Last prom.  Last day of school.  Last parade as royalty.  Last summer before college.

My friend lived by the words "soak it in," this past year.  She didn't want to live this past year just thinking about how it would be to launch her daughter out into the world, how much her daughter would be missed in the day to day life of their family.  She wanted to live in the moment, each moment.  She wanted to soak it all in and create memories to savor.

Because I was living through these experiences with my friend, I've noticed a trend in my own thinking.  My oldest child is a junior this year.  He has two years of school left at home with us, and then his plan is to go...away...to college.  And I have caught myself thinking, second to last registration day.  Second to last bike season.  Second to last spring break.  Second to last summer at home before college.

I don't know how to do this.  I am keenly aware of the passage of time.  I just want to grab hold and drag my feet.  Slow it down.  Two more years, I have until this man-child is an adult.  Two more years until he is authorized and expected to make all of his own decisions.  It's not enough time.  I am going to miss him so much.

I wish I could go back and tell my young mama self, the one who slept when her baby slept because she was exhausted, and didn't have time to eat on some days, that the time would go by so quickly she wouldn't even believe it.  It is so true what they say--the days are long but the years are short.  The sad truth is, though, I wouldn't have believed myself.

My friend is dropping off her oldest daughter today.  I asked her how she was doing, and she said a wonderful thing.  She said, "as much as I love her, I know God loves her more."  And that is the truth.  God loves our kiddos so much more than we can even imagine, and so much better than we ever could.

God has great plans for them.

Today, I encourage you to remember this truth, no matter what your stage in life, whether you're in the long days or the short years or both at the same time.  God loves them more.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Menu plan for the week of August 29

I've been lucky this year--my kids' sports tapered in, with staggered starts.  AKD has been practicing with his bike team since the beginning of July, Bubby began football last week, and football starts for MC today.  Wasn't that nice of them to ease me into this busy season?  I thought that was very considerate.

What this means, practically speaking, is we have two super busy evenings a week for the next two months.  Like, crazy busy.  I won't go into details, but it's physically impossible for one mama to get all of these kids to where they need to be when they need to be there and back again.  This is why we have two parents in this household.

What this also means is I will be working my way through my slow cooker pinterest board over the next two months.  I've already been gauging some of the recipes' suitability for use on those busy days, and it's kind of shocking to me how many of these supposedly set-it-and-forget-it recipes require additional steps before serving.  Like, you have to cook and add pasta, or you have to add a cornstarch slurry to thicken something.  That kind of recipe is not going to work.  Not to worry.  We'll figure it out.

Here's what's on the menu this week:
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What are you eating this week?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Menu plan for the week of August 15

Two more weeks of August.  We got this, friends.  The hot is almost over.  There is at least one upside to the hot--I continue to harvest about one zucchini per day.  In fact, I have five of them sitting on my kitchen counter right now.  It always amazes me how much a zucchini can grow in a day.  I'll go out to the garden, and say...hmmm...this zucchini needs one more day.  And I'll go out the next day, and it'll be bigger than I thought it would be.  What's even more surprising is how I can find fully grown, ready-to-harvest zucchinis in my garden that I had never noticed before.  How does that happen?  Those zucchinis have some powerful camouflage mojo going on.

In response to this stellar zucchini harvest, I've been putting zucchini in and on pretty much everything, and I will continue to do so this week.  If it's shredded and cooked down a bit, no one even notices.  So, yup, there will be zucchini in every evening meal this week.  I think I might also add to the 22 cups of shredded zucchini in the freezer this week.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop Experience

As I mentioned several weeks ago, I attended a Wildtree workshop in June.

And I knew I should have written this post right away, while it was fresh in my mind, instead of waiting until I had actually tried some of the meals I prepared at the workshop.

Oh well.  I think I can do an adequate job, even lo, these many weeks, later.
So Wildtree is a direct marketing company, with home parties, kind of like Tupperware or Pampered Chef, but instead of selling stuff, Wildtree offers food.  They offer two types of parties: tasting parties and the kind I attended--freezer meal workshops.  From the website:
Wildtree was founded on the premise that food should be natural, nutritious, delicious and easy to prepare - all at the same time. [Their] products are made with the finest ingredients available and contain no preservatives, additives, MSGs or dyes. 
Here's how it worked.  First, I got an email inviting me to attend a freezer meal workshop.  The email contained a list of the meals that would be prepared, and a link to sign up and pay for my freezer meal bundle.  Wildtree has about six different freezer meal workshops available at any given time--I did "Get Your Grill On."  The $86 fee paid for the Wildtree products I would need to put together 10 recipes at the workshop.  I was responsible for buying proteins and veggies on my own, which I estimate cost another $80, purchasing most of my proteins on sale.  A couple of weeks before the workshop, I got a shopping list, and then about a week before the workshop, I got a set of instructions for prep-work to be done at home, and a list of equipment (like measuring spoons) to bring along.

The day of the workshop, I prepped my bags according to the instructions, put everything into a cooler and set off to the workshop.  When I arrived, all of my Wildtree products were set up at a work station for me.  There were a few community supplies on the table, like salt and pepper, that were provided by the hostess.  After a brief introduction by the Wildtree representative, who was well organized, very professional, and helpful throughout, we set to work assembling our meals.

The instructions were straight-forward and easy to follow, and all of us (even the ones who were a bit chatty-er than I) put together 10 freezer meals, each serving 4-6 people, within an hour and a half.  Some of the ladies at my table split their meals, so they ended up with 20 meals, each serving 2-3 people.  Along with our meals, we took home our leftover products, cooking instructions and serving suggestions, a freezer inventory list, and all of the recipes for the meals we prepared as well as a few bonus recipes that can be made with the Wildtree products we had purchased.   As each of us finished, we got to sit with the Wildtree consultant for a few minutes while she tried to sell us more stuff, get us to sign up to host our own party, and in my case, flatter me into becoming a Wildtree consultant.  She did not succeed, well, in my case, anyway.

In the weeks since, we've tried seven of the ten meals I made that night.  They've been good, but not spectacular.  Which is, considering my family's...aversions...actually quite high praise.  Everyone has been willing to eat every one of the meals.  High praise indeed.   Two meals, the Asian Ginger Beef Tips, and the Agave BBQ Country Ribs, my family wants me to make again, and I will, with pleasure.

Here's what I liked most about the workshop:
I didn't have to think.  Someone else told me what to buy and how to put it together, and I knew it was good-for-me food with no preservatives, additives, MSGs or dyes.  I went home with 10 different meals for my freezer.  Without having to think about it.  As my family's only meal planner and grocery procurer, that's huge.

Was it worth the cost?
Well, I'm not sure.  This is certainly more than I would have spent on meals that I put together myself, but on the other hand, it felt so good to have someone else telling me what to make instead of having to figure it out for myself, and it's been an amazing feeling to be able to just pull something out of the freezer to feed my family with minimal prep time.  How much is that peace of mind worth?  All I can say is I do not regret attending this workshop.

Would I do it again?
You know, I think I might.  I hear Wildtree has a Crock Pot freezer meal workshop.  Y'all want to do it with me?

Want more information about Wildtree?  Start with my consultant (she's fabulous) or find a consultant near you.  Or you can take a peek at their 2016 catalog.

This is not a sponsored post (although I would be willing to do one *hint*hint*), just my honest assessment of my experience with Wildtree.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Happy Zucchini Day!

Hey y'all!  Today is the day!  Happy sneak some zucchini onto your neighbor's porch day!  I told you it was a thing--did you not believe me?

As promised, I have something extra special for you today!  In honor of this very special day, which anyone who's ever grown zucchini will completely understand, I've got some fun zucchini recipes for you.  You know, for all that zucchini your neighbors will be sneaking onto your porch.

As you can see, zucchini is a pretty versatile ingredient.  What's your favorite way to eat zucchini?


Main Dishes: 
Turkey Zucchini Meatballs from Kendra's Treats

Zucchini Nachos from Betsy Life

Spinach Zucchini Ravioli from Las Vegas Food Photographer

Low Carb Beef and Zucchini Lasagna from The Fit Blog

Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats from Cooking Classy

Tex Mex Stuffed Zucchini  and Zucchini and Ground Turkey Pizza Boats from Slender Kitchen

Zucchini Pizza Casserole from Kendra's Treats

Chicken Zoodle Soup from Damn Delicious



Side Dishes:
Roasted Zucchini and Red Potatoes from CookPad

Zucchini Tots from Old House to New Home

Zucchini Chips from Mostly Food & Crafts

Cheesy Zucchini Breadsticks from Smile Sandwich (you can also use this recipe to make pizza crust)

Zucchini Potato Pancakes from The Prudent Homemaker



Breakfast, breads, and muffins:
Golden Sweet Zucchini Pancakes from Super Healthy Kids

Blueberry Banana Zucchini Bread from Made to be a Momma

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread from Cooking Classy

Chocolate and Yogurt Zucchini Bread from Give Recipe

(The BEST ever) Zucchini Nut Muffins from me!


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Breakfast Cookies from Kristine's Kitchen



Desserts:





Mmmm.  So much deliciousness!  I think I'm going to try the Chicken Zoodle Soup--which one of these are you going to make first?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Yet another Friday menu post

I know you love 'em, the Friday menu posts, that is.  But that's not why I'm posting this one.  I'm posting this one on Friday because I have something extra special for you on Monday.  Something extra special that has something to do with ... well, you'll just have to wait and see.

Can y'all believe how fast this summer has flown by?  We have not had all members of our family home for more than 5 days in a row so far this summer.  Usually it's been less than 5.  I think someone's planning on going somewhere next weekend, too.  Maybe all of us?  Not sure.

Zucchini oat chocolate chip cookies
As much as I love these lazy days of summer, I must say I'm looking forward to the routine of the school year.  Who am I kidding?  These days have not been lazy, and I do not love them.  Much too hot.  Much too much packing and unpacking.  Much too many "there's nothing to do"s.  But it is a little sad to think about another year passing.  Happy, too.

Mixed feelings, y'all.  That's what is happening in my head right now.

What I don't have mixed feelings about is eating.

OK, that's not true either.  Sheesh.  On to the menu.

Zucchini Nachos | Betsylife.com
Zucchini Nachos
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Grilled Chicken Legs Recipe | addapinch.com
Grilled Chicken Legs
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Menu plan for the week of July 25

I hesitate to post this menu plan, my friends.  I mean, you seem to like the Friday posts so much.  I understand, I guess.  A Friday menu plan gives you time to incorporate interesting recipes into your own menu plan for the following week.  But here's the thing, Monday is better for me, and it is all about me, ya know.

It has been super hot.  Ugh.  I am sooo not a fan of hot.  But we're in the home stretch now.  It'll be cooling down soon.  In the meantime, I'm trying, and mostly succeeding, to not heat up the oven for meals.  Desserts, on the other hand, are totally worth it.

Here's what's on the menu this week:

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Delaying Decisions

I read, on a blog, the other day, that procrastination is really just a way of delaying decisions.  As a lifelong procrastinator*, that statement rings true for me.

Case in point: right now, as I am typing, I have two wedding gifts sitting, unwrapped, in a corner of my bedroom.  I have had these wedding gifts in my possession for at least a month.  I will be giving one of these wedding gifts away on Friday.  But I haven't wrapped them yet.

Why?  Well, here's the deal.  I can't decide how to wrap them.  I'm pretty sure we don't have any wedding wrapping paper.  So my choices are:

1. no wrapping
2. gift bag
3. buy wedding wrapping paper
4. Christmas or birthday or camouflage paper
5. comics
6. wrap in plain white or brown paper, which has the additional subsets of:
  • leave plain
  • leave plain but decorate with pretty ribbon
  • color or paint
There is, of course, also

7. "accidentally" forget to bring the gift to the wedding and ship it later, with or without wrapping paper (delaying the decision even further).  Can't do that, though, because we need it for the reception.

All of these options have merits.  All of them have disadvantages.  My brain cannot sift through the possibilities and decide on a course of action.  So I continue to procrastinate.

Procrastination = delayed decisions.

The author of this blog asserted that delaying the decision is not going to make it any easier to make, and if we keep delaying decisions, we will end up with a pile of decisions to make all at once, so we should just do it right away and get it over with.  While that's not true in every situation**, it's mostly true.  

I know that.  But knowing doesn't help.

You might be thinking that the fact that I have had these wedding gifts for over a month, for weddings in July and September, would tend to belie my statement that I'm a procrastinator.  A true procrastinator would buy a gift on Friday for Friday's wedding.  I guess I'm just a selective procrastinator.  I knew exactly what I wanted to give these beautiful couples in celebration of their unions, so those decisions were easy.  I procrastinate only when the decisions are difficult.  Like the wrapping paper thing.

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*I am a lifelong procrastinator, except for the time period starting in the winter of my freshman year of college and continuing until...well, I'm not sure when I stopped not procrastinating...but that's another story.  I think it's funny that I can pinpoint the day I stopped procrastinating.  It was ... memorable.

**Sometimes decisions are easier to make after a delay, like for instance, if one can't decide whether or not one wants to buy tickets to an event, if one procrastinates, there is a good possibility that the tickets will be sold out, which makes the decision-making super easy.


P.S. I'm going to wrap that present now.  Plain brown with pretty ribbon.  If I can find the pretty ribbon.  If not, I'm going with camouflage.

Monday, July 18, 2016

NIrV Minecrafters Bible: A Review


From the back cover:
Do you ever fell like it's more fun to exist in the computer world than in the real one?  Is that the only place you fell like you can control your destiny?  Well, God is the original great world builder, and he gave us the power and the skills we need to make changes in the real world.
The NIrV Minecrafter's Bible contains the entire text of the New International Readers Version of the Bible.  It includes 24 pages of full-color illustrations in the style of Minecraft, interspersed throughout the text.  These pages each contain a brief explanation of the story they portray, a Bible passage to read for the story, and a challenge to complete in Minecraft. The book also includes a table of contents, an alphabetical listing of the books of the Bible, a dictionary of terms and a listing of where to find "Great Bible Stories."

I like that this book contains the entire text of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, and the NIr Version is easy to read and understand.  As the Mama of a Minecraft fan, I also appreciated the tie in to Minecraft.  The tie-in will draw in Minecraft fans, and the challenges will keep them thinking about the stories they've read.

The color illustrations are placed in chronological order, but not next to the story they portray.  It would be nice to have the text adjacent to the explanation, picture, and challenge.  I also wish this Bible had sidebars within the text itself, explaining concepts, and drawing parallels to the game and to real life, like other children and teen Bibles.

Bottom line: This book will engage your Minecraft fan, and the Minecraft challenges will keep her thinking about the Bible.

I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Old Age: A Beginners Guide--A Review


Michael Kinsley is a journalist, former editor, and a member of the baby boom generation.  He also has Parkinson's Disease.  In Old Age: A Beginner's Guide, he writes,
Sometimes I feel like a scout from my generation, sent out ahead to experience in my fifties what even the healthiest boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties.  There are far worse medical conditions that Parkinson's, and there are far worse cases of Parkinson's than mine.  But what I have, at the level I have it, is an interesting foretaste of our shared future--a beginner's guide to old age.
I wanted to read this book because not only do I have baby boomer parents and in-laws, who are aging, but also, someone close to me has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.  I was expecting tips or encouragement for people who are aging in general, and living with Parkinson's Disease in particular, but I didn't find that in the pages of this book.

What I found was a frank exploration of aging, from the perspective of the particular generation known as the baby boomers, with their shared experiences and values as an age cohort.  Mr. Kinsley explored aging from the perspective of "winning" at aging.  Does the person who lives the longest win?  Or the person who keeps hold of their physical or mental capacities?  Or the person who leaves the longest lasting legacy?

The book was interesting, but because it wasn't what I was expecting, and because I am not a baby boomer, I couldn't really get in to it, and I didn't like it all that much.

I received this book for free from the publisher through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.



25,000 Mornings: A Review

We humans are given 25,000 mornings on earth, more or less, and author Faye Rowe believes we should start them with God.  I happen to agree, so I was eager to read her devotional, 25,000 Mornings.*


The book contains 140 short devotions, arranged in 11 categories, such as "On Being Yourself and Living With People," and "On Getting it Right."  Each devotion consists of a short story or anecdote, which often quotes scripture, along with a short Bible passage at the end.

I really wanted to like this book--unfortunately, I didn't.  I did like the organization of the book into categories.  Each category page listed the title of the category, along with a short, one or two sentence explanation.  The categories would make it easy to find encouragement for specific situations.  But the stories and anecdotes did not resonate with me, and I found myself reading about the same stories multiple times.  The scripture references were mostly from the New King James version of the Bible, which I find somewhat difficult to read.  What bothered me the most is that the short Bible passages rarely seemed to have anything to do with the devotional I had just read.

Bottom line: Loved the concept, did not love the execution.

* I reviewed the electronic edition.

I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It's a jungle out there (or, a garden update)

Is it really an update when I didn't tell you about it in the first place?  I dunno.  Whatever.  I'm too tired to think about that right now.

Anyway, it's a jungle out there.  According to the square foot garden people, tomato plants can be spaced one per square foot, so last year, that's what I did.  And those plants got huge!  And crowded out everything else in that bed, including the poor zucchini plants.  So this year, I decided to give the tomatoes a little more space.  This year, I planted 8 tomatoes in 16 square feet.  And just look what happened.


 It's so thick in there, you can't see through.  I'm loving it, because I'm thinking this much tomato vegetation means lots and lots of tomatoes for me.  But once again, I have to say I am thankful that tomatoes turn a color other than green when they are ripe.


Here's the first tomato to set (that I'm aware of).  I'm watching it to give me an indication of when the first harvest will be ready.

 Tomatoes are not the only thing I planted this year.  I also planted zucchini.  They're doing amazingly, out from under the tyranny of the tomato plants.  I think they're taller than Bubby.


And this is what happens when you go away for 3 days, in July, leaving your zucchini plants unattended.  I guess I should have included something in there for size comparison, but suffice it to say--those things are huge.  If you've never grown zucchini, you might not know this, but those suckers can go from non-existent to baseball bat in a matter of days.

 

I was talking to AKD this morning about the salsa (yes, I broke down and bought tomatoes, and I was making sure that he was still willing to help), and I said we could put zucchini in it.  AKD insisted that we needed to save all of the zucchini for zucchini muffins.  Um.  I'm harvesting a zucchini a day.  Each zucchini makes two dozen muffins.  That's a lot of muffins.  I don't think even AKD can keep up with that kind of production.  For the first time ever, I will have zucchini to celebrate national sneak zucchini onto your neighbor's porch day.  Yes. It's an actual thing.  Don't say I didn't warn you, neighbors.

I also planted strawberries this year.  And I've gotten to eat one.  Some creature keeps sneaking in and eating them as soon as they're ripe.

And that's it.  Tomatoes, zucchini, and strawberries.  But really, what else does a person need?  Oh. radishes.  Apparently, Hubby needs radishes.  Unfortunately, he didn't tell me he needed radishes until a couple of weeks ago, and now it's too hot for the poor little things.  They're going into the zucchini/strawberry bed at the beginning of September.

I'm already planning for next year.  They boys said they would build another 4 x 4 foot garden bed for me, so next year it'll be strawberries (with better protection) in one, tomatoes in another, and zucchini, corn, and pumpkins, as well as any other random veggies or fruits the fam wants in the third.  I'm also thinking of planting asparagus in another, already existing bed, but we'll see.


And that's what's happening in the jungle garden.  I'll leave you with this picture of the jungle canopy.

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