Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cuke-tastic!

We LOVE cucumbers.  Love to eat them, love to grow them, sometimes we even love to share them.  It is possible we went a little crazy planting cukes this year. Then with all this heat there was the concern that it would kill them. Here is a picture I took last night of the garden, obviously they have survived the heat!


 There are about a dozen mounds of cucumbers here with an average of 3 plants per mound. We are finally having to pick on a daily basis, which means soon I will be able to start pickling!  Until then we are eating the ones daily that we are picking.

One of my kids' favorites is a "Cucumber Boat" they will literally eat this every day.  It is something I came up with last year when we were drowning in cukes. Take a little of the peel off (makes it a little easier for kids to eat), scoop out the seeds inside - I usually eat these or share them with another family member who loves them, and scoop in some cottage cheese, I also usually sprinkle Nature's Seasons on it.  Ta - da, Cucumber Boats!


Does anyone else sense Larry's nervousness?  I could not resist the photo op on the Veggie Tales plate!  I mentioned another member of our family who also loves cucumbers, it is our sweet Runey. This dog goes crazy for veggies, especially cukes! If I am in the kitchen chopping up vegetables I will look down to see this:


It is almost as if she is saying "I can haz cucumber?", being the softie I am I do tend to share with her.  She will sit at the line between the kitchen & dining room and watch me the entire time I am working with vegetables.

My boys love cucumber boats (who am I kidding, so do I!), the dog loves cucumber scraps but the thing I love most is cucumbers & buttermilk. It is something I have had for years, I particularly remember sitting at Grandma's table and having it with cukes from Grandpa's garden. The tanginess of the buttermilk and the crunch of the cucumber is just a combo I can't seem to get enough of in the summer! The fact that it is super easy to fix is just a bonus! Chop up some cucumber, put it in a bowl, sprinkle with Nature's Seasons and pour buttermilk over it!  Yum!


I'll bet you didn't know that cucumbers are this awesome! Well, they are! I can't wait to start canning some, I made a bunch of dill pickles last year and they were a huge hit.

In other news, school starts in a week! I am quite excited as this will be the first year that both boys will be in school all day, 5 days a week. I have so many things I hope to get done during those hours alone. However, I imagine the first week will just be me enjoying some peace & quiet!!

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