God Gives the Increase

I sometimes have a hard time waiting am not always a patient person. This year, I thought my garden would never grow. I planted seeds. I planted plants. And I waited. Through days weeks of rain and wonderfully cooler than normal temperatures, I waited. Everyone else had produce. I had none. But then, one day, I had this.DSC00191








And these ripening on the window sill.









And all of these.









Those patty pan squash were the ones I grew from seeds in my milk jug green houses in January.

And then there are the bushels of cucumbers from two little hills.









I’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all morning canning freezing bagging these up to share with friends and family. I know, they are going to start locking their houses and cars when they see me coming, but seriously, what do you do with a five gallon bucket of cucumbers all picked on the same day? Pickles? Not today. And, these are really good eating cucumbers, not the pickling kind.

The good news is, I found some great looking cucumber dip recipes on Pinterest.

I made this one from http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Dill-Cucumber-Dip-Allrecipes

It was surprisingly good and extremely uncomplicated easy.

Dill-Cucumber Dip


  • 8 ozs cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cucumbers (– peeled seeded and chopped)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
    ? Tasty tip
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dill weed (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce

I mixed the cream cheese and mayo, added the other ingredients, stirred, and refrigerated it for an hour or so. We ate it on crackers, but I’m sure it would be great with carrots, celery, cauliflower, etc.

So, if you have an abundance of cucumbers, and before you get the reputation of “vegetable pusher,” try this. I think you’ll like the crisp, fresh taste.

Though I don’t have the stats, I can assure you from looking at the ingredients, it is very low carb.

I’ll be trying others and will give you my honest, unprofessional opinion. In the meantime, peel those cukes!




DIY Summer into Fall Wreath Update

I picked up this grapevine wreath for a couple of bucks at a garage sale this weekend. I thought it would be perfect for a summer to fall makeover that would add some curb appeal to our son’s house. He and his new bride have three houses right now…his, hers, and theirs. So, we have been busily getting two of them ready for market by Labor Day weekend.









I planned to remove the greenery, but since I wanted a summer into fall wreath, I decided to leave the summer element and just add some autumn touches.














This is the junk collection of materials I already had…burlap, of course, leaves, sunflowers, fabric strips, twine, and wired basket weave ribbon.

I made three twine flowers (the tutorial for that is in an earlier post from Christmas) and started tucking leaves here and there. I didn’t glue anything until I played with the placement of the leaves and sunflowers on one side of the wreath.

Next, I made a bow with the wired ribbon and a touch of burlap. I like the bow at the bottom. But that leaves one side practically naked bare. I love the look of the wreaths that have knotted fabric strips all around, so I decided to try adding a few strips of neutral fabrics to the blank spaces.









Nice…but I wanted it to be a bit more welcoming.

How about a WELCOME bunting? Out of burlap?

Of course!











I took it right over and hung it on the door. I think it will work with the other things I have in mind for the porch. For now.