My Amish Home: Cool things coming out of the garden

My Amish Home: Cool things coming out of the garden

"l hate vain thoughts, but thy law do I love. Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live, and let me not be ashamed of my hope." Psalm 119:113-116

Summer came back. Well, it warmed up, at least.

On Wednesday morning, it was quite foggy. We had two gray, dreary days. But actually, we did need some rain again.

I found out not only do cool nights keep tomatoes from ripening, but also they keep apples from being sweet. And most of the apple trees I've seen are loaded. The gardens and fields look great.

Well, my garden, it leaves a lot to be desired. I never did get around to staking my tomato plants, and now they are all grown together.

I got my beans out late, so those aren't producing yet. I've pulled out my onions. Those were a good crop. I accidentally (I think!) got those out early. They are so good, nice and big.

We still have lots of fresh garden goodies to eat. And fresh peaches. YUM!

We are getting a few fresh tomatoes. Husband, Erwin, thought our meal of fresh corn, cabbage out of the garden for slaw, radishes and melons was the best. The melons weren't out of our garden.

He was afraid if he went to take a nap, he'd wake up and summer would be past and the goodies all gone.

I figured it would last a little longer than that — unless his nap would have been really long.

Way early at the start of the season, I bought some melons out of the store. They were so good, so I planted some of those seeds. They are growing beautifully and blooming like crazy, so we'll see what happens.

My ground cherries, oh my! I've never seen them so big. Some of the plants are at least 2 feet tall. I've got them growing all over in the garden. Grandson Lavon thinks he wants some pie, so daughter Jane said if I have plenty, she'll make some pie filling. My mom wants to make some jam. Me, I'll just eat them right out of the garden.

We really have had a blessed summer so far; enough rain to keep things growing. This past Monday was an idyllic summer day. It almost made me wish I was a child again (and not just childish!) The "Littles" — Lynetta and Sherilyn, cousins and both 7, and Galen, 9 — were driving Candy. The girls had their dolls, and of course Chloe the Dachshund was along. Whenever the pony and wagon are being used, she's got to go along. She doesn't like if they hitch Candy to the breaking cart. She can't jump on that.

Ahh! The sun is breaking through the clouds. It's amazing how my "feel good" barometer rises when that happens, especially after a couple of gray, dreary days. Maybe if the sun keeps on, my mowing spirit will wake up. I really need to go mow the yard, but if it is dreary and cloudy, I can't much get motivated.

Since Tuesday of last week was too dreary to really get motivated to do anything at home, I decided it was a good time to go to Beachy's Bulk Foods. It's not far, but with Sparky, it takes a long time!

As we went plodding along, we had plenty of time to observe stuff along the way. I was just sort of gazing out the side window, half asleep, actually. All of a sudden, I caught my breath, my eyes bugged out, and I couldn't form words, I was so flabbergasted.

Trotting alongside of us was a skunk! I watched awhile, but before I could collect my senses and open the buggy door so Erwin could see it, too, it had veered off into the ditch and disappeared into the weeds.

Whew! I'm glad it didn't get startled or feel threatened!

In closing, when the world around you is crumbling, God is the rock on which you can stand.

Here is another delicious way to use those yummy fresh peaches.

Peach Crisp

5-6 peaches

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter, melted

Peel peaches and slice into greased 9-by-9-inch baking pan. Mix remaining ingredients, except butter. Sprinkle crumbs over peaches, then pour butter over the top.

Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve warm with ice cream or cold with whipped topping.

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