Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Traditions, New and Old

Trying something new this year - growing my own tomatoes.  I've wanted to do this for years, and never really got it started.  I don't have a garden, so this potted tomato plant is perfect for me.  So far, 3 baby tomatoes are on the vine.  Hope they make it.  My friend Marybeth used to have a tomato and pepper garden, and made the best fresh salsa ever - I still miss it!

I've also started a little herb garden, with cilantro and basil.  I've already used both in some recipes.  The younger son thought I was crazy to use something that I didn't buy at a store.  He'd never make it as a pioneer!
This second summer treat is a time-honored tradition that I just introduced to my older son, who has recently acquired a taste for tea (sweet, of course).  He didn't believe Sun Tea was possible, so I had to prove it -- and he loves it!  It never seemed worth the trouble when I was the only one to drink it, but of course, now we make it several times a week. Something about the sun baking the tea just adds a special flavor.


What are your summertime traditions?  I'd love to hear from you.
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5 comments:

Lynn Weathers said...

Summer time traditions: Sundays at Six concerts in the park and the Farmer's Market.

I've got a new herb garden this year. I posted photos on my blog recently if you are interested in seeing it. I'm also going to try tomatoes in pots this year.

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Thkx so much for landing on my blog! I hopped over here to your blog & I am in love!

I can't wait to listen to your podcasts.

Thanks again,
Stefanie

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Fresh salsa and a cool glass of sun tea - sounds like heaven! My summer traditions? Greeting each new bird as it makes its appearance in the spring and summer - the swallows coming back, the meadowlarks singing their hearts out, red winged blackbirds, yellow headed blackbirds, pheasants, pelicans. All I get in the winter is the odd sparrow so I treasure the bird song in the warm months.
Hugs,
Kerry

Michelle said...

Going to a nearby farm and picking boatloads of strawberries and blueberries, filling my freezer. What do I do with these lovelies you ask? Fruit smoothies! My fav is orange, banana, strawberry, blueberry. Then I sit outside in the sun, reading, sippin. YEAH! This year we have planted a small garden (tomatoes, squash, peppers, onions, radishes, lettuce) but it has rained so much this spring I don't know when we'll have a harvest!

Kathy said...

Hi Jean -
My pot garden is growing also; peppers, tomatoes, herbs...same as you. They are in pots and doing just fine although I haven't seen anything other than buds so far.

Hope to see you soon!