Monday, November 9, 2009

Thanksgiving Challenge ...Post 10..August in November

First of all I'd like to thank everyone for the kind words yesterday. I don't know for sure what ailed me, but today I look a bit better than death warmed over and am able to sit up and take a little broth...long as that broth is coffee flavored. Really, I feel a good bit better and just to make me feel like a summer time girl, this is what Mac presented me with. Okay, I know...I know...all your hubbies would have given you long stemmed roses or a bunch of daisies they'd picked growing wild in your neighbors yards. But you see, I don't eat "store bought" tomatoes. They taste odd. The texture is off and the flavor is that of cardboard. They look pretty on the inside, but they were picked green and gassed for shipment...yes, gassed. Now, oddly enough these were late tomatoes which we picked in late September-early October. Mac grew these tomatoes like all our others, from seed. The deep red with green shoulders is called Cherokee Purple and the red ones are Arkansas Traveler. They were new varieties to us, but they are Heritage tomatoes. That means they have been being grown for quite some time, they are not new varieties other than to us. The flavor of the Cherokee Purple is sweet with tangy farewell taste left in your mouth. The Arkansas Traveler makes you want to listen to fiddle music and do a hoe down in the middle of the kitchen floor. It has a kick to it. We had stripped the plants just before we heard there was to be a freeze and wrapped all the fruits in newspaper and placed them in garden baskets. They've been sitting waiting on Mac to have a peek ever since. This is about a bakers dozen and we still have a couple baskets left.

Tomorrow night for supper, Mac will be thankful for braised pork chops, green butterbeans, hot buttered rice and sliced tomatoes tasting fresh from the garden. No gases ever touched their tender flesh. A quick scalding and slipping the peel...maybe I feel up to having a sink sandwich...well, maybe not quite yet. So, for today I'm thankful for Mac and his green thumb. Cause, I sure would love me a tomato for supper tomorrow when I've for sure recovered!

25 comments:

Jules~ said...

Wow! You make me want to eat some tomatos.
That is so great that you are both patient and have green thumbs like that. And it is so special that your hubby who knows you so well gave yo the delights of your heart.

Blessings to you today swet friend adn get all the way better quickly.

Nessa said...

Ok, what's a sink sandwich?

Meet My Mates #3 - Quilly

Akelamalu said...

Oh you can't beat the taste of homegrown tomatoes!

Glad to hear you're feeling better. x

Sandi McBride said...

For all my friends, a sink sandwich is a tomato sandwich that is so juicy you have to stand over the sink to eat it...now over to Nessa's to 'splain to her!
Sandi

Hilary said...

Yum, it feels like August all over again. They sure look luscious. I'm glad that you're on the mend. :)

Lee said...

Wow, those are gorgeous tomatoes. There was a girl near the house when I was growing up that grew tomatoes and sold them to anyone who stopped by and paid for her college tuition with the money earned. Everyone in the community was proud of her for that.

Thanks for the games. Please take it easy on yourself today. Tomorrow is promising to be stressful and I don't want you to be short of energy to face it.

Love & prayers for health,
Lee

Pam said...

wow, that sounds like a really yummy supper there you have planned for tomorrow night!

Hope you're feeling better. My allergies have been giving me fits for a week.

Finding Pam said...

I am thankful that you are on the mend. Mac is very thoughtful to bring you tomatoes. Sink sandwich...I love it.

Love Bears All Things said...

We like growing the heirloom plants, too. I wouldn't mind trying some of those if you have extra seed.
I'm so happy you're feeling better.
Mama Bear

Dr.John said...

Glad you are getting better.

Kathy's Klothesline said...
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Kathy's Klothesline said...

So glad you are feeling better. The last of my tomatoes are ripening in the window sill. I see a cucumber, tomato salad with feta in my future.....

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I too do not eat store bought tomatoes. Your's are so pretty. I can taste their yummyness (NOT A WORD LOL) from here. I hope you feel better soon Hugs m...

♥Mimi♥ said...

I remember grabbing a tomato fresh off the vine in my mother's garden, cleaning it off and eating it just like a ripe apple. Oh, my gosh, those tomatoes were so juicy and sweet - they made the best sandwiches☺

Thanks for the great memory...

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Sorry to hear you were ill and hope you are feeling better. I love tomatoes and next year we are starting to grow our own - nothing better! Chin up and eat chicken soup - nature's penisillan! X

Shadow said...

the best gift is the one you want. be it roses or tomatoes...

Protege said...

Ah, there is nothing like fresh tomatoes. Grown in ones own backyard; they have a sweetness and a burst of taste that is not possible to reproduce.
A basket of those is better than any flowers or chocolate. What a great man.;)
Glad you feel better.
xo
Zuzana

Anya said...

I wish I could eat it now ;)
I am hungry ..... LOL

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Who knew you could critique tomatoes like you do fine wines. What a hoot! You are so cute! Now I am off to read other post to see why you are not feeling well.

sandy said...

They look heavenly to me !!!!!sandy

Lynne said...

Hi Sandi,
I do hope you are fully recovered now. That supper sounds appetising. Homegrown tomatoes are the best, sadly it is a long time since I've had any.
If you make it over to my blog at all, there are some nice photos of the Pups if you click on the link for ATC (of all things) on Monday's post.
All the best.

NitWit1 said...

Beautiful tomatoes. Hubby and I have been down and out too. I fixed us some tomato soup with rice, one of his favorites. However, was not homemade ingredients. I bet those tomatoes would make heavenly soup.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Sandi: Summer tomatoes are truly wonderful, the gardens up North are completely gone for this year.

gaelikaa said...

Oh, organic is always better. No doubt about it!

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