Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer's Bounty

One of my raised beds is abundantly happy, with Red Russian Kale, Siberian Dwarf Kale, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach, Romaine, Oakleaf lettuce and Freckles leaf lettuce. So much so, that I can’t keep up with it. 
I am picking every other day and giving away bags upon bags of lettuce and eating HUGE salads for both lunch and dinner.
And this, this makes me extremely happy!  My first fruits from the garden are like a kiss from my glorious Father.  They grab hold of my soul and remind me of what an amazing provider He is!

One of my favorite salads right now is this strawberry salad with assorted greens, almonds, feta cheese and topped with homemade Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.  It makes a perfect, refreshing lunch.

Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
2 pinches of dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Wisk above ingredients until combined- gradually add 1/2 cup of olive oil until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate any leftovers.

We have also been enjoying some strawberry preserves I made last week.
Shockingly in all my years of canning I have never made preserves.  Well that long neglected canning experience has been rectified!
I had some left over berries from heaping flats that my children and I picked.
I searched the internet for something to make with them and found this recipe.   It is now on my list of must can items!  I can’t go back.  My family still loves the freezer jam I make, but the preserves are top of the list for me.

And on top of toasted homemade buttermilk bread— it can’t be beat!


  1. Your salad sounds yummy...I'm going to copy out your recipe. And...that bread with that jam?! Crazy...amazing!! Your family is blessed. XOXO

  2. Okay...that salad was AMAZING!!! Rave reviews all around. We had it for lunch today. Thank you for sharing. XOXO

  3. Wow.. those raindrops!! Love this..

    and yes... a kiss from the Father! Blessings abounding...
    I made strawberry preserves one year and it didn't set right. Too runny. So, now.. I kept it in the freezer and used only for over ice cream or for in between cake layers... still yummy!! I haven't tried it again... too nervous.

    I'll have to take a look at the recipe you used.

    And - now to try your salad and dressing recipe, too. I made a Taco Salad last night for dinner. The family loved it...

  4. The greens look so refreshing as did that salad.

  5. Just want you to know...I plan to link this post on Monday in my Quotidian. XO

  6. That looks delicious!!! :)

  7. Yum! Didn't know you made preserves! You'll have to share the recipe.


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