Rainy Days and Garden Foods

It has been raining off and on for the past couple of weeks here in Ohio, and I must say, I don't mind it one bit.  Don't get me wrong, I love bright sunny days, but if I were to be completely honest, I love rainy days.  They are the kind of days that everyone seems to dislike but for me they are the kind of days that make me just want to slow down and take in all of the beauty that many people seem to overlook in a rainy day.  I think rainy days are inspiring.  They inspire me to appreciate the little things.  They inspire me to do what I love.  And of course they inspire me to finish a good book like Jane Eyre and watch the never-failing british movies I love so much.

Summer is here... which not only means wonderful nighttime storms, but also a garden!  I'm not much of a gardener, but I do love homegrown produce that is fresh and delicious.  Thankfully, I have a mom that likes to garden and thankfully she has a daughter that likes cooking with the yummy vegetables... we make a good team.  Every year my mom and dad put out a large garden full of corn, green bean (lots and lots), tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, beets, yummy okra, and many other things. Have you ever tried okra?  If you have, you are probably making a disgusted face at your computer screen.  Now I know okra is most of the time just slimy, mushy, and all together "blah", but it does't have to be!  What we like to do is cut the okra into small slices and fry them with a little oil in an iron skillet for a while until they are nice and crispy. Mmm, you must try it this way, I promise it won't disappoint.

Oh, and let's not forget the raspberries!  First of all you must know that I have a deep love for fruit, and when it comes to raspberries, there's no going wrong.  I have a little patch behind the garden (thanks to these people!) that I'm excited to snack on soon.  Confession: It has always been a "dream" of mine to be able to grow enough raspberries to make a pie.  That's all I want!  We'll see if my "dream" is fulfilled this summer. ;)  Next is a blueberry patch.  People, I need a blueberry patch.

Do you have a garden?  What are some of your favorite things that you grow (or would like to grow) in it? 

P.S. I've had Vienna by Billy Joel on repeat for the last 1 1/2 hours... on shame.


  1. Yay for the raspberry girls! :)

    I envy you Jo. You have a splendidly Big garden each year, and ours... well, we are trying with our little plot of land, but since we are right in the middle of taking care of the soil and flower side of things, we will have to wait another year for a new and improved veggie garden. I don't think it's the fact that you Have a garden that makes me green with envy, it's the fact that you get to experiment with all of those delicious veggies! And you know me, I love my vegetables! But hey, we have all the raspberries, and blueberries, so I guess you could say we're even in have-nots with produce. ;)


    The eldest sister & singer

  2. Haha, I'm not much of a gardner myself either ;) And Raspberries are de bomb! Every Summer, I can't decide which I like best out of Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries; but Raspberries always seem to override them all once they are ripe and we can have them every morning in the Summer on cereal and such. Oh, the glories of gardens... :)

    Gorgeous photography too, per usual ;)


  3. Love the color tone and DOF in these shots. Super pretty!

  4. Such lovely growth! I'm over here in Indianapolis, and anytime we get rain, we send it right over to you! :) I haven't been too fond of this ridiculously warm temperatures however. Blech! That said, I enjoy enjoy the (literal) fruits of summer--berries are my favorite! I've been going to a lot of farmers markets and keep stocking up on strawberries. Though I don't have a garden personally, my mom always had one when I was growing up. When I have my own house someday, I'd have to have raised garden beds. Cooking and eating something you grew yourself is so satisfying.