Summer Abundance

Summer for me always means lot of fruits and vegetables. I mean, zucchini coming out of my ears. Bushels and bushels of apples. More green beans than you can shake a stick at. So, inevitably, I take on a lot of preserving projects. Dilly beans. Zucchini bread. Apple sauce. Dried plums. And, adding meat to boot with a round of homemade teriyaki jerky. Because that's what I do. That's what my mom always did in the summer time when I was growing up. And that's what her mom did too.

I like to think I'm carrying on a tradition. More than anything, I like making the most of what's around me. In a few months, when the garden is only popping out pumpkins, I'll dive into the cupboard and remember what this summer had to offer.

Gosh, I feel all swoony writing like this. Maybe I should bow to Mother Nature and thank her for the bounty? Sage the house? Chew a little dirt to remind myself of where my food comes from?

Or, maybe, I'll save all of this delicious preserved food for later and get take-out sushi. Because that's how I roll.