Monday, June 15, 2009

Aspiring Country Mama

Darby is one of my favorite bloggers, her precious kids, her delicious recipes straight out of her organic garden, her classy home makeovers, her detailed and lovely sewing projects, and her remarkable faith that she adorns her home and family with... it is inspirational.

And totally unattainable for me at the moment.

Here are the tales of me trying to be a country mama.

I took my four lovely children out to pick wild plums a few days ago and had big plans to make homemade preserves. We had a great time, Reecey in the Baby Bjorn, Audrey in the jog stroller, Avery and McClaine dawdling behind with baskets in hand. Never mind that it took me an hour to get us covered in sunscreen and out the door, I forgot bug repellent and within moments of stepping out the door we became a feast for the mosquitoes.

We picked a basket full, some of them ripe and some not quite, but I was completely unable to monitor that.Reece found the whole production rather entertaining. Or maybe not.McClaine did more running around than anything else.

When we returned, I placed the basket of plums on the counter with hopes of getting them into some fabulous toast topping goodness.

That was three days ago. They are now sitting high out of reach, as McClaine has eaten half the plums we picked and left that same basket full of pits and skin.
Oh well, I try.
I did manage to make Darby's Summer Squash Casserole with squash from the garden and Audrey loved it! See?

I also conjured up Aunt Karen's Tomato Pie with tomatoes from the garden, I just couldn't find the recipe among the boxes, so I improvised. It was delicious and I would love to show the you pictures of the pie in its entirety, but alas, we devoured half of it!


MichelleWebb said...

Tyne, I think you certainly attained a lot by cooking two meals from vegetables from your own garden! Is your garden at your house you just moved into? Wow! I think you are a country Mama! What a fun outing to pick the peaches even if you didn't make anything with them. The kids still got the experience. :)

Carol said...

That tomato pie looks scrummy.

Plum picking looks like an adventure with 4 kids in tow.

Good to see in my absence you've continued to be superwoman.

McKay said...

Hey Tyne! I love your tomato pie recipe (and so does Rob!) Mine doesn't usually look so pretty, though - do you make more topping?

Katie W said...

Love the pictures, especially the one of Audrey devouring the squash casserole. That's the way I feel when I eat, most of the time. :) I want the recipe for both! You know, with all your free time... :)

Of COURSE I'll be at Campmeeting-it was practically a contract attached to my marriage: Yes, I will be at Campmeeting every year for the rest of our lives. Thankfully, my new job doesn't start for at least a week after. Just enjoying summer vacation and the benefits of Dave's business trip!!

Glad ya'll are settling in!

amanda said...

looks like you are doing a very impressive job you country mama!

and when you do dig out that recipe.. will you share?? it's looks delish!

Elaine A. said...

I've never had tomato pie but obviously you all are enjoying it! : ) And look at it this way, at least the plums are getting eaten!

Chelle said...

Oh, yum!

I love the plum picking pictures--it looks like you guys had such a fun time!

And those recipes sound sooo good! Yum!

LeeAnn said...

I wanna come play! We could tag team the kids and get the jam done :) I am going to have to learn to make jam this year, we have a plum tree in our back yard and it has a ton of small green possibilities of plums

Mama Kat said...

Aspiring?? You seem like a full fledged country mama to me!!! Yum!

Life with Kaishon said...

Really wonderful post! Thanks for the GREAT prompt idea! You inspired me : )