Garden notes and drying tomatoes

I knew when we planted our garden this spring that I didn't want to do a lot of canning.  It's just a lot of work, and I was tired and wanted rest

Ahem.  I did NO canning.  Oh, wait.  That's not true.  I think I did up two batches of freezer jam: one strawberry and one peach.  But still.  That's not a lot.  I imagine I'll regret that come fall and winter.  But when it's 80-something degrees in the kitchen, I just cannot get motivated to can.  No way.

I froze a lot of berries- strawberries and raspberries from our yard.  We made several batches of fruit leather.  We ate beans fresh and roasted them up for a few dinners.  We made a lot of tomato-and-cucumber-and-garlic-and-basil-and-feta salads.  YUM.  


I still have tomatoes and basil coming out my ears.  So this morning I was up early in the garden and picked a huge bowl of Sun Gold tomatoes (my favorite), and decided to try drying them.  I just sliced them in half (quartering the larger ones), and then in a food processor, blended about 10 leaves of basil and a couple of garlic cloves and olive oil, and drizzled it all over the top of them.  Sprinkled salt and pepper over the top and we'll see how it goes.  But I cannot WAIT to try them.  They look and smell delicious.  :) 

I'm contemplating doing this with my rhubarb.  Has anyone ever tried this?  And I'm definitely making some more rhubarb syrup just as soon as I can get ahold of some cheesecloth. 


  1. Oh, the tomatoes look wonderful, and I love that idea for rhubarb. I'd never heard of doing that before. Excited to hear how it turns out if you try it ♥

    1. You're so sweet, Quinne. I know! I'd never considered drying rhubarb before, either, but figured I should try and see how we like it. My kids love dried fruit, so why not? And I love the idea of adding it to granola/oatmeal or muffins in the off-season months. :)

  2. Stacy, I just wanted you to know I am still reading your blog after all these years. :) Love your heart for your family and the Lord. I so appreciate that you share here. You are an encouragement to me!

    1. WENDY!!!!! How ARE YOU?! SO good to hear from you here. Much love to you. Heading over to see if YOU are still blogging. ((big hugs))


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