A Pretty Jar

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Yesterday’s garden haul included french fingerling potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, some green beans and assorted baby carrots.  We finally collected enough beans to serve, they’re just getting started.  I steamed and drained them then added a pat of butter, salt, pepper, hot pepper flakes and a sprinkle of romano cheese.  Yum!  The carrots were crying out to be pickled for the winter.  Doesn’t it make a pretty jar?  I thought those potatoes were going to be the last I ever harvested because when I was digging them, I also dug up a snake.  With a hand trowel!  O.M.G.!  They absolutely terrify me.  My sweetheart husband actually found and dispatched the serpent.  My hero!

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  1. TroubleT
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 06:55:27

    OOoo, pretty carrots! We do a pickled carrot called a firecracker that is really tasty in a green salad.

    I would have LOST IT if I had dug up a snake. I’d be three states over before my husband could get out the door to help. EEK!

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  2. Connie
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 07:17:30

    You are my kind of gal, T!

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  3. Meredith
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 11:02:45

    I just LOVE to see what lovely pictures you have up. I look forward to your blog everyday and those carrots looks scrumptious. I’m a suburb dweller with a tiny, hard pan, back yard. :0( I wish I could do pots, but my dogs think that’s the “best thing..evahhhh!” pulling out what I just planted and running around like it was their birthday. LOL! I do have a small area I was able to block off and have some flowers. That’s one of the reasons I love your blog sooo much! Such eye candy and inspiration!!! Thank you for taking the time to share with us. Oh…I used to catch gardener snakes as a kid and collect them in an aquarium!

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  4. Connie
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 11:25:01

    Thanks so much, Meredith! What a shame your dogs won’t let you garden, but I’m sure you love them. Have you ever put food by? Like made pickles or jam? Until recently, I would buy produce to can my own stuff for our table and as gifts. Heck, I’m still buying fruit. We haven’t gotten the hang of growing copious amounts of it yet but we’re working on it. 🙂 As a kid I was chased around my yard by a hog-nosed rattler, saw my dad catch a rattlesnake in our front door as it was trying to get in the house (honey, go get my machete), saw a seven foot diamondback shot by a deputy at my school bus stop, found a coral snake in the back yard, a dead baby snake under the fridge, a water moccasin attached to a string of fish my dad and I caught, saw my dad’s best friend get bit in the neck by a coachwhip, and so on, and so on. *shudder* It’s no wonder I’m traumatized!

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  5. Meredith
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 18:03:04

    ACK!! that’s waaaay too many encounters with snakes, and deadly ones at that, in a lifetime! YIKES!
    I’ve never pickled anything..but love pickled things and I’ve never made jam..isn’t that a shame? After seeing those wonderful carrots…I’m so inspired to try it. I’ve never tried a pickled carrot. So much I need to try and do ;0)

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