Friday, July 23, 2010

The Taste of Summer

Are you enjoying your summer?  I am!  You know what I love best about summer?
Fresh. Ripe. Juicy. Garden. Tomatoes.

And you know why?  They make the best BLT's!

The BLT created above with tomatoes and lettuce from my garden.  The "pickles" are really fresh sliced cucumbers from my garden that I let soak in some kosher pickle juice.  Did you know that you can do that?  Don't throw out your pickle juice when the pickles are gone.  You can add fresh cucumbers and they absorb the juice and make the BEST FRESH pickles!

If you don't have a garden in your back yard, head to the local farmers market this weekend....

This weekend we are grilling out, visiting good friends and relaxing...ahhhh summer! 

What are you doing?
Welcome Home,
Penny

41 comments:

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh yes, tomatoes are best things about summer, I agree! We don't have a garden, we do have a special farmer's market that where we get them, we have them each way possible! BLT's are my husband's favorite way to have them, besides tomatoes caprice!

Have a joyous weekend!

Nancy

Goose Hill Farm said...

I agree with you. There is nothing better!

Glad to hear that your garden is blessing you with an abundant harvest!

Blessings~
Laura

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My tomatoes are just beginning to ripen...I can't wait! There's nothing better than a fresh tomato sandwich.

Carey said...

Looks yummy! We have enjoyed two tomatoes so far out of our garden. Have a few more ready to be picked and a cucumber too!
My kids love cucumbers, I cant wait to try putting them in pickle juice. Ive canned cucumbers once to make pickles, they were so yummy. Maybe next year I will do it again.
Enjoy your garden.

Blondie's Journal said...

Those are beautiful tomatoes and the sandwich looks yummy! Thanks for the tip on the cucumbers!

Still waiting for my plants to flower...sigh!

xoxo
Jane

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That sandwich looks scrumptious. Thanks for the idea of saving pickle juice and adding fresh cucumber slices. Never thought of that. Have a wonderful weekend.

Beth West www.northernskyart.wordpress.com said...

That looks delicious! You've inspired me to wander up to my garden and see if we have any more cucumbers ready. Enjoy your weekend.

Bella said...

Yum!!!! Those look delicious. I will be grilling out this weekend, too, and doing a little gardening and working on a few other projects. Puttering around the house, I guess you could say. :)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

We got fresh tomatoes at the beach last week and had the best BLT's. Nothing better in the summer. I love fresh veggies in the summer!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. We are heading to Banner Elk for a wedding this weekend, so that will be fun! Love & blessings from NC!

Darla said...

Where's mine? lol Looks great!

Melissa Miller said...

Yummy! I'm hungry now after seeing you mouth watering tomato sammy. Mmmmm...:)

Jeralee said...

totally hungry now! Nice presentation. What kind of tomatoes did you plant?

Janet said...

BLTs are one of my favorite sandwiches, but I rarely have all 3 ingredients at the same time. No tomatoes here yet, but soon, very soon they will be at the Farmers Mkts. We just started getting corn last week, it is sooo very delicious!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We had BLTs yesterday! They are so good with the fresh local tomatoes...I know yours are delicious! That's the best thing out of a garden! ♥

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

My, that looks so good right now!
Brenda

Kathleen Grace said...

Have you ever heard the song that goes "There's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and home grown tomatoes!" So true. We are still waiting impatiently for ours to ripen but we have basil and carrots and zinnias galore:>) This weekend? I think I will be planning a party, to be held in a couple weeks. Lots opf people and food and lights strung in the yard. 'Bout time we had a little fun!~

Donna said...

That BLT looks delicious, Penny. We've been enjoying lots of fresh tomatoes too. Thanks for the tip on the pickles. I think I'll try that.

Hugs,
Donna

Sherri said...

Penny, thanks for the tip about the cukes! Have a great weekend!

bj said...

Oh, your BLT looks simply amazing. They are, by far, our FAVORITE sandwich in the whole wide world..
xo bj

Pondside said...

I'll have to head out to see what's coming up in our beds!

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Penny,

Oh yummy - your home grown tomatoes look wonderful. Thank you for the great tip on making "homemade pickles" - what a nice thrifty idea.

Your yellow chairs are adorable and add so much color to your garden.
Have a lovely weekend.
Erin

Mimi said...

Those look yummy, Penny!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good evening Penny...thanks for the tip on the pickle juice that one I didn't know but will use for sure...Thank you so much my friend for becoming a follower...that really just made my whole weekend for me...I kid you not Penny...I have watched you and your hubs through your moving into your beautiful home and seen your wonderful talent you have...I envy the fact that your hubs did electrical and could hang your chandys...every time I need electrical done I have to call my grandson and wait in line ha ha!!Again a BIG thank you, Hope you have a GREAT weekend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kirsty said...

The home grown tomatoes look great! I'm hoping to grow some soon too! When I finally get my garden together that is! I'm sadly not enjoying a summer here in aus though! But it's still nice and sunny.... For the moment!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Penny.....Thanks for the great idea about the pickle juice! I would never have thought about doing that! Enjoy your very warm summer weekend!~Hugs, Patti

jackie said...

Your tomato plants are spectacular! Many more BLT's to come...try adding sliced avocados to make a BLTA (and a leaf or two of fresh basil and drizzel of olive oil, in addition to the mayo - sends it over the top)....Yum!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I didn't put a garden in this year so I will have to go to the farmers market. Summer would not be acceptable without tomotoes. I think a caprese salad and a BLT are both in order this weekend. Great tip about the pickle juice. Have a fantastic weekend. I hope the weather is cooling off in your area.

Linda said...

Penny, that looks delicious! Can't wait until my tomatoes ripen!

Nancy said...

Penny those are some beautiful tomatoes. We tried a garden for the first time last year and ended up with a huge crop of tomatoes that got the blight. We followed the directions to dig up the plants and put them in a sealed plastic bag in the sun but we just didn't want to try again this year. We have been getting ours at a local farm stand. There is nothing like fresh veggies! Have a great weekend.

Jojo said...

Those tomatoes look luscious! My plants are covered with blooms but no tomatoes just yet. Trying to wait patiently!!!

Dena said...

Yum Penny! I love them green and fried too :) I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!

Hugs,
Dena

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Penny, that looks soooo delicious!

Thanks for signing up for the Rooster Party. Also, for displaying the Rooster Button....I will add your name to the drawing.

See you on August 6th.

Barb ♥

Snappy Di said...

HA! I just got home from buying cucumbers and tomatoes at Hubby's request from our fresh market. Our tomatoes on the back deck are no where near ripening yet.

Di

gena said...

That's some yummy looking sandwich ! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new header sunflower .... in Spanish we call sunflowers " mira sol " - looking at the sun. They remind me of my gramma, she had them along one whole side of her garden.

thanks for sharing,

gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

Vee said...

No, I didn't know that you could do that, but I'll remember it now. That BLT looks terrific. No local tomatoes yet, but soon. Very soon.

Love Where You LIve, a blog celebrating design, individual style & decorating. said...

What a splendid idea about soaking cucumbers in "recycled" pickle juice. I'm gonna try it. Even though I just ate my lunch, that sandwich looks mighty tasty! -susan

Julie Harward said...

Love the header...I love those first tomatoes too on a sandwich...good idea about the pickle juice too! :D

Rene said...

I totally agree with you. Thanks to Mom, we just had our first tomato sandwiches this week. Summer perfection....now for some pickles :)

-Rene

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Penny, you just featured my favorite sandwich. I have one nearly every single day for lunch.
They are wonderful. I didn't grow my own tomatoes this year...but I will do it next year.
Yeah...I mean that! NEXT year for sure! :)

Rhondi said...

I LOVE tomato sandwiches too. had one for lunch today!

Beverly said...

We had buttered biscuits filled with a sliced tomato for dinner Friday. Nothing else - and they were delicious.