this weekend around our place

003We hosted a backyard wedding ceremony.

012The girls and the dad picked a couple of bushels of tomatoes (half of which we gave to neighbours) and some cucumbers and dill for pickle-making.

018

I’m trying out some two-day refrigerator pickles that I’ll record here later if they work out nicely. So far they look good.

008Since it is that time of year again, we made several large batches of roasted tomato vegetable sauce to put in the freezer to keep us remembering the taste of the garden through the winter.

020In between, we had time to visit with friends, caught up on some practise time on the hockey rink in preparation forΒ team try-outs and have a bit of a rest. Not bad.

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22 thoughts on “this weekend around our place

  1. you are so nonchalant how your busy-ness–amazing girl!

  2. Alia says:

    Sounds like an awesome way to enjoy the fruits of your gardening labours!

  3. How special to host a wedding at your place. I’m sure it was lovely.

  4. I’m glad the weather cooperated. Outdoor weddings are scary to plan.

  5. That is definitely one of the best (and most eclectic!) weekends I’ve ever heard of! πŸ™‚

  6. Your property is a lovely place to hold a weeding. I was wondering how your tomatoes were coming, ours are very slow to ripen but we are getting a few here and there. I brought in my first spaghetti squash so I’m in heaven. Looking forward to hearing how your cucumbers turned out. How did you make your roasted tomato vegetable sauce it looks delicious.

    • The tomatoes are plentiful this year again here, The roasted sauce is just a pile of whatever we pull from the garden that day – tomatoes, onion, peppers, zucchini, carrots and some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic cloves, roasted at 400F for an hour or more until its done, then blended. It makes a really nice sauce. I still make a more traditional stove top marinara sauce too – they are quite different in taste.

  7. Your garden always supplies you with so much …the tomato vegetable sauce looks so yummy…. Diane

  8. It must be so nice to be able to host an outdoor wedding party without having to have contingency plans for rain like over here in England. My daughter is wanting an outdoor wedding reception with a marquee and this involves a lot of extra planning and expense in case of rain. It looks like you could start a little business in hosting weddings!

    • We could.. but we won’t. πŸ™‚ Our own wedding was outside too, on a day that rained most of the day, but then cleared up just in time. The wedding ceremony was in my mom’s garden and the reception was in a nice white marquee. It made for a very relaxed day. But that was a long time ago now.

  9. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    What a great thing to be able to do for a friend/family member… We couldn’t have asked for better weather this past while, could we? (Although it certainly has gotten muggy again here the past couple of days; )
    Oven roasting? What a great idea (and your sauce looks AMAZING: )!
    So, it’s been a couple of days now… Have you tried those Fridge Dills yet? Did you sterilise the jars first, or no? Other than not heating the brine & sterilising the jars, this recipe appears to be the same as a my Mom’s (and she never used a hot water bath for her dills either, but did use those beautiful old Crown sealers (with new red rubber rings for each batch: )

    • I’ll let you know – we are on take 2 after slightly misreading the number of garlic that are supposed to go in the pickles. I read it as 4 per jar, and we were making a large triple batch in one jar. So, we ended up with pickled garlic with a bit of cucumber in it. I picked the rest of the cukes this morning and made it the right way this time. πŸ™‚

  10. Aw it looks like you had an awesome weekend! I love how we are all swimming in tomatoes right now. I have mine washed and frozen, ready for my upcoming canning marathon. I did save some to make salsa, with a combo of roma, san marzano and purple heirlooms. Delish!

  11. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    WooHoo! Now THAT would have a kick! Oh well, dilled garlic could have lots of uses too… ; )

  12. You hosted a wedding AND did all that canning? I’m impressed.

  13. What beautiful tomatoes! Are they Romas? And…a dry yard for the wedding!

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