fresh basil & tomatoes

July 23, 2009

We love this gardening thing. Two raised beds are jam full with wonderful things growing. Every night, we spend a bit of time outside watering the beds and my plants as the girls play. Summer nights in California are just wonderful.
Now, we cheated as some plants already had the starts of what would be glorious pickings, so we had some tomatoes perfectly ready to be picked. I love tomatoes! We also picked some basil and we already had fresh mozzarella waiting. We drizzled some olive oil and indulged.
freshly picked from our yard
fresh basil and heirloom tomatoes
i love fresh mozarella
The girls really loved it. We let True try the mozzarella, despite her being allergic to dairy (she breaks out in little hives), but she loved it. We had to stop her once the red dots appeared on her face. Actually, both girls loved the tomatoes too, though I am not sure they were so fond of the basil. The basil had a bit bitter flavor. We need to find other varieties to plant that may have a much more appetizing flavor. Any suggestions?
As I look at the pictures, I am starting to crave it. I tell you, it’s a dangerous thing to have a pregnant woman looking at food pictures. You never know what I may have to send my husband to the store for next!
We also have a bunch of bananas, not from our garden, but a lot that I bought for church last Sunday. But the car wouldn’t start, so I couldn’t go, and now I have tons of super ripe bananas. Anyone know any good banana nut bread, cupcake, muffin recipes? I need something to do with all these bananas!

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