Tuesday, August 17, 2010

This 'n' that...

Look what I ate for breakfast this morning!  The breakfast of champions -- tomato sandwiches!  Make a piece of toast, smear it with mayo, add sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper.  Eat.  Tomatoes have begun to ripen and I want to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and supper.  Question:  Are my sister and I the only ones who start getting canker sores when we feast heartily on tomatoes?  One more related tomato tidbit...if you like homegrown tomatoes like I do, then you must like this song.

 While I was out washing windows this afternoon, I spied this little fella.  He (or she) is a black & yellow argiope spider, sometimes called a scribbler spider because the zig-zag silk thread in the middle of the web  looks a little like scribbling.  Isn't it beautiful? 


Here he is again from a little different angle.  The web is nearly invisible except for that scribble in the middle.


This flower is called a Gayfeather.  It blooms in the late summer in my garden.  Out on the prairie we have a version of it growing wild called Dotted Gayfeather and is always abuzz with butterflies and bees.

I've been sprinkling the lawn like crazy since I have the water pumped up from the stock pond just over the fence from our house.  It's really going rank now though.  It smells so bad when I water, but it's wet and the grass doesn't mind the stink at all.  I never did get to go swimming at the swimming hole this summer.  It was too chilly when it was fresh and now it's nice and warm, but the water is raunchy. 


Sue follows me wherever I go.  She loves me so much and sniffs up and down along my leg whenever we are out walking together.  She looks so pretty right now with her fine slick summer coat.  I was really taking a picture of the flowers, but the camera had its eye on her, I guess.  I'm glad because I like this picture.  Do you see the hay bale in the background?  The hay is cut around our house now and I am hoping that the grasshoppers will continue to stay away.  We waited as long as we could so as to protect the yard, flowers, and gardens from hoppers.  I did spray for them too, which helped I think.

And now for a recipe that I wanted to share.  The barbecue sauce for those country pork ribs I made this weekend  is The Best Ever Stuff and ought to be shared.  I found the recipe a few years ago in an OOP cookbook called  Hearth and Home by Karey Swan.  It'll work beautifully on any meat or if you like, suck it off your fingers.

Sauce-Painted Spareribs
1 c. ketchup
1/4 c. lemon juice
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. horseradish & mustard (half of each)
1 T grated onion
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/4 t. either tobasco sauce or cayenne pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
*1/4 t. each of oregano, marjoram, and/or thyme

Simmer all together over low heat at least 10 minutes.  Improves with age so store some for later use in the fridge.  *I omitted the herbs in my recipe.

13 comments:

  1. YUM to this recipe...eek to the pretty spider...and tomato's like that are my favorite meal...plus I do like John! ;D

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  2. Isn't it wonderful to have so many tomatoes that you can feel free to eat as many as you want? It's getting to be that way with my cherry tomatoes now. What varieties of tomatoes do you grow there?

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  3. Sue is so pretty. I like her. Your bbq sauce recipe sounds yummy. I will try it.
    What a bummer about the tomato sores. Oh well, you'll keep eating them, won't you?

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  4. Sue is so sweet -- how lucky you are to have a dog that adores you. You're definitely not the only one who gets sores from too many tomatoes -- my oldest and I are very sensitive to too many -- but oh, how we love them! Thanks for the recipe!

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  5. Still waiting for our first tomato!!!

    I have that cookbook, it's a good one, but I haven't tried this recipe. I'll be sure to.

    blessings,
    Niki

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  6. I am so loving fresh tomatoes on everything right now! Nice and thick too. I will try your yummy sandwich. I especially like them on grilled cheese...yummm!

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  7. The first tomato sandwich of the summer is glorious beyond compare. We make them just like you do, and gobble them up by the score. I'm sad to say our plants aren't producing as much this late in the summer; the heat has really hit them hard. Please post more tomato sandwich pictures to get me through until September!

    frances

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  8. Lucky you to have those pretty homegrown tomatoes! We had some in July, but then I guess it got too hot and our plants gave up the ghost ;-(. What a sweet little pupster you have there. What would we do without our little furry friends?
    Blessings,
    G

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  9. That tomato sandwich looks divine! I think I'd be getting canker sores, too if I had wonderful fresh tomatoes grown in the garden!! Thanks for that yummy sounding recipe, too!

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  10. Julie,
    I'm a big JD fan. Glad you are too!

    Gretchen J,
    Yes, I love being able to eat tomatoes to my heart's content. I'm growing Early Girl, Goliath, Better Boy, Grape and probably some other tomatoes I can't remember.

    Pom Pom,

    DO try the bbq sauce. And yes, I will continue eating tomatoes. I think I've got a remedy. L Lysine taken once a day. Seems to help.

    Thimbleanna,
    I'm sorry you have tomato mouth too. Still, it's worth eating them.

    Niki,
    Yes, it's a great cookbook. Do try the sauce. You'll be glad you did.

    Tracey,
    I will try tomatoes on my next grilled cheese. How about tomorrow?

    Frances,
    Oh the first tomato sandwich is The Best. Yes, I'll keep posting more tomato pics for you. Sorry yours are fizzled out.

    Firefly,
    Glad you came for a visit. My mom always said the store tomatoes taste like dacron. I've never tasted dacron, but homegrown tomatoes are definitely The Best. We love our doggies, don't we?

    Ellen,
    The sores in the mouth are worth eating all those glorious tomatoes. Try the sauce.

    Jody

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  11. Oh a fresh tomato from the garden is heaven and I could eat piles of them. But they are sooo hard to grow here, it is very rare I get a good, red fresh tomato, so enjoy one for me xoxox Clarice

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  12. What Clarice said (about the tomatoes) ~ still none ripe here, but lots of green possiblities! The BBQ sauce sounds good. Spiders give me the heebie jeebies, but that variety is almost pretty, in a creepy sort of way...

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  13. (I got here from Anna's blog.) I just saw a spider like this in the park and marveled at the extra little zig-zag thread in his web, didn't realize that was significant! Thanks for sharing :)

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