Monday, June 13, 2011

June inspirations and meal ideas...

The days here have been sweltering hot and dry, but I must say, the veggies growing on the vine have made it all worth it :) There's nothing quite like your first crop of tomatoes and cucumbers!
~ A new surprise is that we have chicks, born last week! There are 5 little ones, and I love watching their delightful antics. They love to imitate everything they see the other chickens doing...Sometimes we spend alot of time just observing them.

Never miss an opportunity to enjoy the quiet moments of everyday. My brother built and painted a bird-feeder, and it's nice to see which types of birds visit in the dawn of the morning.
~During the warmer months, often we eat together on the front porch or picnic out-of-doors. A few readers asked to see what our meals are like...Here are a few that I managed to take some pictures of this week:

Baked Potato (w/butter and fresh parsley), Steamed Broccoli Florets. Sauteed Vegetables from the garden (Onions, Zucchini, Carrots, Garlic)
Brown rice.
~ Homegrown Tomato Sandwiches
Lettuce, Tomato, sweet Onions w/ garlic, smoky mushrooms, banana peppers, homemade mustard
Carrot Sticks

Bean soup w/ rice
Cheese Quesadilla,
Mixed greens w/ garlic and onions
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
(using homemade brown sugar, organic butter, sea salt)
~ Bowtie Pasta w/ homemade Marinara sauce (including sauteed mushrooms, onions and herbs)
Fresh cut corn, Smoked Cabbage.By night: Every once in a while, we take an evening drive through the backroads...
~ By day: I took a bike ride down our rural neighborhood. I love that there are old cabins still standing...
~Many of the homes are tucked away, situated down long driveways. There are alot of cedar, magnolia & oak trees around here. We enjoy their shade during the Summer, that's for sure :)
~While I was outside, my Mother finished up gathering the clothes off the line...
.:Inspired by a Lily.:

"And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content." 1 Timothy 6:8

We have a few "wait and see" plants that we planted earlier this year, and what a pleasure to find out some were white Lilies! They opened in their fullness during a light rain shower--so despite the elements, I ran outside to take this photo.

Consider the lilies of the field, see the sparrows in sky,

How much more to Him are we worth than these?

~ fresh strawberries.

As I water the vegetables, my sister guides the pole beans along the twine...
My ginger cat joins us in the herb garden...
(I do believe her main motivation was to play with the twine)
~ Homemade stakes holding up the vining tomatoes...
~ "It's beautiful the summer month of June, When all of God's own wildflowers are in bloom; And sun shines brightly most part of the day and butterflies o'er lush green meadows play." ~Francis Duggan

The mellow breeze was really nice, so I thought I'd try to capture a few moments of it...

Hope you have a blessed week, my friends!

I'm traveling out of town soon to help cook for an upcoming event. Can't wait to show you pictures...and many thanks to my readers for the encouragement, both loyal and newly subscribed!

Question: What's your favorite Summer meal?