The Joys of Summer

Hubby said, "Let's do something different today."
"Like what?"  I asked.

We talked about different things, then I suggested the Farmer's Market for one.  He liked that, especially for the juicy peaches.  So off we went.

I love this time of year seeing all the fields being planted and watching vegetables already growing in others.

The Farmer's Market is a nice drive from our house and the morning was cool so we drove with the windows open.  Later it got too hot and we had to fire up the air conditioner.

We always shop at one place as we've gotten to know the Jarvis family. 

Bernie goes right for the peaches.  
Juicy peaches

 While I head for the squash. 

Yellow Summer Squash

Zucchini squash
I make a lot of stir fry meals with squash, onions, garlic, red peppers, button mushrooms a dollop of low sodium soy sauce, garlic powder, chicken broth and lots of cheese. We eat them with Quinoa.  Rice or pasta would be delicious too.
I love the yellow summer squash cooked with butter, salt and pepper. I remember eating that for the first time at my aunt's house in Bryn Mawr, Pa.  I was a child and loved this ever since.

Another way I love to use squash is making soup in my Instant Pot.  I saute onions and garlic, then add cut up squash, seasonings, and sometimes cabbage or bagged spinach.  I've even put beans in at times.  Depends what I have in my refrigerator.  I then add a whole big box of chicken broth and push the manual for 6 minutes. I let the pressure go down on it's own for a few minutes, then I release it manually.  When the little silver pin goes down I open the pot, and use my immersion blender until the soup is smooth. Then I add a big handful of cheese and half and half.  We eat it with crackers.  It goes so good with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 

The tomatoes are big and oh so good. They are grown locally too. 

Lake Lure, NC


I used to say there was nothing like a Jersey tomato but since I've been away from that state for quite awhile I can say I love these gorgeous, juicy North Carolina tomatoes.  What's better than sliced tomatoes on bread with mayonnaise? Or a BLT?  Even a slice or two of a sweet onion and salt and pepper too.

I don't want to forget the luscious corn and green beans.  We cook our corn in the Instant Pot for 3 to 4 minutes, quick release the pressure and the corn is sooo good.  I have yet to try cooking the green beans in the IP but I'm looking forward to it.

Fresh corn

Half Runner Beans

There are all kinds of pickled foods in jars too.  Here are some of them which I haven't tasted yet.

Just writing this and seeing the delicious produce has made me hungry.  I think I'll go in the kitchen and start prepping for a yummy stir fry dinner.

Awesome Low-Hanging Clouds

Rain and possible flooding is our weather forecast for the weekend.

On our way home from hubby's birthday lunch I saw some awesome clouds hanging over the mountains and of course had to take pictures of them. 

I hope it's not too bad for the farmers who have their crops planted. 

Evening in our hood

June 4th sitting on our porch enjoying the cool breezy evening.  The sunset kissed the day goodbye

and the birds sang their goodnight songs while the firefly's flashed their mating luminaries.

Enlarge to full screen to see the fireflies. 

Bears in Hendersonville, NC

Every May the new bears are revealed in downtown Hendersonville, N.C.   It is a yearly event and in October they are auctioned off and the proceeds go to charity.  One year they tried apples but it didn't go over very well.  It is fun to go downtown and see these adorable decorated bears.

Bearfootin' 2019 | Downtown Hendersonville, NC from Taylor Heery on Vimeo.
I hope you enjoy the video and the cute bears.