Thursday, July 8, 2010

food, folks, and views...

In my absence from blogging and work overload the last few weeks, I took a few fun breaks. We helped give a crawfish cookout with 50 pounds of fresh crawfish. Yes, I meant to type 50 pounds. Needless to say, we took home a whole pot of leftovers. Husband ate them on the deck the following day; Khan was eerily interested in the whole process:

That's a look of desirous contemplation if I ever saw one! He took no notice whatsoever of the camera in his face.

In other news, my thumbelina zinnias have done well this year. I still need to figure out how to keep them pretty for longer. I keep planting them because I just love the name: thumbelina zinnias. Any suggestions on keeping zinnias pretty all summer?

Also in terms of our garden, we have discovered the secret to perfectly red, round, juicy, bug-free tomatoes. And how to eat them.

The secret to growing is:

-Put leftover coffee grinds on/in the soil (the ones left in the filter after you brew a pot of coffee). We learned this trick from my parent-in-laws. More on this here and here.

The secret to eating them:

Slice thin and pile onto lightly toasted pumpernickel bread spread with mayonnaise. Salt and Pepper to taste. All the Caprese salad in the world can't beat this classic, down-home combination! We just love the flavor of the sweet pumpernickel bread with the acidic tomatoes.

And last but not least, we've found a new favorite place:

It's a private college campus on the outskirts of Greenville that doubles as a park. We've spent many afternoons there, relaxing and debriefing our weekdays.

I'll leave you with another quote from The Secret Garden:

"It's magic," said Mary, but not black. It's as white as snow."

"Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world," Colin said wisely one day, "but people don't know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment."

Of course, the "Magic" they are speaking of is simply and profoundly LIFE; and nestled as the nucleus of those terms Magic and Life is, in my opinon, the Holy spirit of YHWH.


  1. Crawfish! Hmmm - I don't think I've ever eaten that. I wonder if tastes like lobster (which I love).

    Kudos on your tomato plants! Mine suffered an early freeze & more recently a bad sunburn which hasn't bode well for them :(

  2. More like shrimp doused in hot cajun seasoning!

  3. We planted that same flower! How crazy! We have that in our garden next to our corn- they are doing pretty well. They look to be on the last leg now though, so let us know how to keep them longer.

  4. You got all my favorite things in one post! Yummy and pretty. Our zinnias always took a nosedive in the heat, but perked up as summer cooled off-- hope yours will,too.

  5. awww..I enjoyed this post - I love tomatoes and I love this sentiment from The Secret Garden - the photos are wicked too! I restored the link by the way so you can see now I hope! xxx PS Those crayfish also look soooo lush! Mini lush but lush!

  6. 向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

  7. Great photos! I've still got a while before my litle green tomatoes will look like that!

    Thanks for the reminder. I forgot about putting coffee grounds by the plants!

  8. I've always wondered if crawfish and shrimp are similar? do they taste the same? I never heard of the coffee grounds trick--will pass on that info to the Handyman.


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