Too Many Tomatoes, Squash, Beans and Other Good Things is definitely not applicable to my garden this year but it would have really come in handy last year when I was covered in tomatoes and grew tired of canning and eating fresh tomato sauce. I know, the absurdity of such thoughts in light of how unsuccessful we were this year.
It isn’t a new book (first published in 1976), but one I recently came across in our University Library. It was sandwiched in the tiny vegetarian section so I decided to give it a look. Within an hour I had tracked it down on Amazon and purchased a copy for myself. The premise is pretty fantastical. Organized alphabetically by garden vegetable, each chapter begins with notes on growing and harvesting the vegetable, how much yield to expect, nutritional notes, and information on cooking, freezing, storage and basic preparation. It also lists complimentary herbs, something I’ve always wanted in a cookbook.
I adore that it has both simple and intermediate recipes. Nothing is overly sophisticated, and many of the recipes are just simple ways to enhance the flavor and enjoyment of your favorite vegetables. They also don’t call for the use of processed or convenience foods. It’s a treasure trove of helpful advice and simple recipes that help tame the tide when your garden runneth over. I highly recommend it for anyone’s collection, foodie or not.
Used copies are available on Amazon (for less than $10), and if you live in Columbia, my copy is due back September 21st.
Neil’s youngest brother Alex and his fiancé Audrey. They got engaged at the Wizard’s game on Saturday! If you were around me Saturday, you know I was on pins and needles waiting to hear the news.
I say don’t stress the tiny details. What’s your best wedding planning advice?
Because we spent our first anniversary in Montana, we’re just now getting around to a few of the things we said we’d do. Well actually, this one wasn’t our idea, someone said we had to do this, so we said “sure, why not.” Apparently the tradition started as a christening rite for a couple’s first child, but since I can’t fathom moving this cake across Kansas or eating it after 5 (or more) years, our one-year anniversary seemed monumental enough.
So for the past year this little morsel has been tucked away in the back of our freezer taking up valuable real estate. But with our recent fruit and veggie surge, it was more sheer necessity than nostalgia that motivated us to pluck it out last night. The whole thing was like looking at pictures of the Titanic, you just kept trying to picture how great it looked before. It tasted just fine, almost exactly the way it did when we peeled it from our faces at our wedding. Neil and I didn’t even get a piece because we ran out, so this is really the first and only time we got to eat our wedding cake.
Want to see photos of our wedding? Check out our Flickr album.
Did you keep any wacky wedding traditions?
My Auntie Sandy gave us these mugs as a wedding gift a year ago. Most people probably would have kept them for special occasions or decoration but we dove in and started using them. After a year, they have tiny chips around the rims and Neil’s has a permanent creamer ring. My favorite part is the message inside. It’s been a year and our life is as comfortably worn in as our daily coffee mugs.
We had a blast at my cousin’s wedding in Minnesota this weekend. It’s always an awesome time seeing my family. Throughout all the changes, the moves, and distance, they are a constant and an amazing support system to both Neil and I.
The weather this weekend however, was the complete opposite. I’ve never been under the threat of tornadoes for so long in my entire life! We arrived in Rochester and the sky was all sorts of green and purple and the lightning was right out of a movie. We decided to hit up a restaurant near our hotel in case we had to duck for cover or race back, so we hit up John Hardy’s BBQ. I’m not usually one for barbecue, but Neil is, so we decided to give it a try. We each ordered ribs and fries and were blown away by the plate of food we got. The portions were HUGE! I’ve only had ribs once, so I figured they’d be around 5 inches or so but each rib was over 8 inches long! Picture that with a bed of fries beneath and I was stuffed in no time. Who can eat like that? Needless to say we both took doggie bags, and I gave mine to the night desk guy at the hotel.
We survived the storms the first night and awoke to more warnings the next morning. We made our way to the wedding, and the sun graced us for a bit. My uncle owns a beautiful nursery, and the place was fully decked out for the wedding. Gorgeous flowers, fountains, and archways, perfect place to have a wedding (though he insisted it will never happen again).
Nate as Sarah pulled up in the car
Grandpa misses Grandma so much…
Father of the Groom and Sue
Check out the car Sarah arrived in!
My new second cousin Jacob!
Cute little robin’s egg favors.
A few of the great-grandchildren, missing are Jacob and the new twins Logan and Sophia
Uncle Larry and Auntie Paula. It was really hot out!
Adorable gift table
Sarah and Jacob
First dance as a married couple!
It was a gorgeous wedding. The flowers, the food, the open bar, the music, the open bar – did I say that already? It was all completely amazing. We laughed and danced and drank more than we should have…
…then Neil brought me his iphone.
The weather app showed red all over the radar. At almost that second the wind started whipping through the tent. We hurried and tied down all the sides. We were thinking that it was merely just a thunderstorm and that we’d just continue dancing in the tent, but Neil wasn’t convinced and went to get the car. While I was waiting, two police officers ran in from either side of the tent, screaming for everyone to evacuate and find shelter. Tornadoes had been spotted west of town moving east. The sirens started going off, and then it was mass chaos. I quickly hugged a few family members and everyone just grabbed what they could and ran with who they could to find the nearest shelter.
Okay, so I was scared. I was screaming and crying in the car. I’m terrified of storms. I’ve never seen a tornado and nothing terrifies me more than a tornado at night and not being able to see it. Remember that scene in Twister? The tornado comes out of nowhere and swallows the drive-in movie theatre! We even ended up hiding in a gas station just like in the movie! EEP! After 30 minutes we started back to the hotel, following the storm all the way to Rochester.
We left the next morning under more severe weather warnings, and essentially drove through it all day. At one point, we even had to pull over, with about ten other cars, because the rain was going sideways and no one could see! I was so happy by the time we drove down my street, and opened the door to home. It was a beautiful wedding though, and I’m so glad we were able to be a part of it.
Do you have a crazy wedding story?
I’m still editing photos, and quite a bit of scandalous video footage so stay tuned!
Anja and I at Halloween. I was Billy Mays and she was Kate Gosselin
I know we’ve been a little absent this week. With the amount of freelance coming in and adopting Clive, we’ve been a little busy. Life happens, and sometimes a few things have to be put on hold while you’re out enjoying and doing what you love. This morning I’m off to Minnesota with my best friend Anja for her bachelorette party. I’m so excited to celebrate one last night of total debauchery with her in my hometown, and to watch her get more excited for her June 12 wedding. We’ve been friends since high school and I can’t imagine anyone else I’d rather know that long. I hope you all have an amazing weekend and we’ll return to normal next week!
I’m not a pessimist. A lot of amazing and wonderful things happened this decade, but overall, I’m glad to be through it and excited because the next decade holds not only a lot of promise, but a lot of big changes and momentum in our lives.
A few of the great memories from 2009:
February 2009: 100 Acre-Wood Rally near Salem, MO. It was freeeeeezing but definately one of my best memories of the decade as a whole. We thought google directions were the most reliable to get us to the different viewing areas, and they were…because we ended up on the course!
April 2009: Neil returned to PDX and performed better than ever!
May 2009: We moved into our new-to-us house! Our first home as a married couple, and the place of many firsts. It’s our sanctuary and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else for the time being.
June 2009: Neil’s Bachelor Party. There are tales of infamy from that night and I’m only glad my husband-to-be escaped unscathed and disease free.
July 2009: My bachelorette. Never ever let your waiter from dinner (center) offer to take you around town. Never ever let him suggest a bar comprised of disco balls and mirrors where they serve shots called the “bear f*%$&#” after you’ve spent all afternoon downing beer and the five bottles of champagne your bff brought to the hotel room. Never ever let any of this happen unless you want to have one of the most awesomely memorable nights of your life.
July 25, 2009: We got married. I felt married to him from the moment we became a couple, but now everyone and the government knows.
August 2009: Our honeymoon in Colorado. Best trip of our lives so far. So peaceful, so quiet, so relaxed and I personally never thought myself capable of, which speaks a lot to Neil’s influence and support. I climbed real mountains, slept in campsites without full-service bathrooms and electrical hookups and only showered twice that whole week.
September 2009: The only thing better than our honeymoon was that we were able to return to Colorado a month later to watch these two lovebirds tie the knot and capture it with our new Nikon D90.
October 2009: Halloween in Springfield with the gang. Neil was Vince the Sham-Wow guy and I was Billy Mays, or as every other drunk ass exclaimed “look a hobo!” I was not a hobo, it’s just really hard for a girl to pull off that steel-jawed bearded face.
November 11, 2009: My grandma passed away. And although we miss her dearly and wish she was here every second of every day to guide our ships like she always did, we’re excited for the many things yet to come that we know she’ll still be watching.
November 25, 2009: Great Family Thanksgiving. Couldn’t ask for a better week or a better family.
December 2009: Our first married Christmas, spent snowed out of Minnesota and Iowa and stuck at home. We compensated well though.
- I turned 27 and Neil turned 28.
- We had an awesome wedding and bridal shower.
- We bought a lot of camping equipment.
- I took up yoga, Neil is back into running and we love the gym.
- We started our LLC and this blog and have met tons of new people we enjoy chatting with.
- We grew our first garden and learned to can and preserve all the goodies.
- Played lots of World of Warcraft!
So there you have it. A year full of events and constant preparation for the next step or the next event. I’m excited for 2010, there are lots of things we want to do and I won’t have to spend half my year worrying about one day. I want to thank you all for supporting us, and reading this blog and I hope to keep making it worth your while. If you do a year in review, feel free to link to it in the comments, we’d love to see how your year went!
Neil and Jessica
I’m told this is normal. That what you plan initially might end up folding and you might change your mind. In any sense, we submit our change of venue (very lawyer-ish ey?). We will be getting married in A.P. Green Chapel on the University of Missouri campus. I think we just came into thinking that Sacred Heart and something super denominational wasn’t for us, so we’re going with a simple chapel.
We also have a date and some initial work on the reception, but I think the date is something that we’ll relate to people on an individual basis as the intimacy of the event is something we’re trying to capture and maintain. As you might notice, the chapel itself is very cozy:)