I live to grow flowers. I am also glad that I have lived long enough to find the best gardening
partner I could ever have wished for.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
A Long Day
If I want something all I have to do is let my friend Joann know. Joann and I were talking and I told her I wanted colored butter beans, I had not had any fresh one since 1979. OK she said how many pounds, now how would I know, I am use to bushels not pounds. She said she knew a man who sold them for one dollar a pound, OK get me twenty pounds. I bought twenty pounds of peas, why not. The peas were shelled the bean were not. OK that is all right, you would think Carrel is in pain or he does not want to shell these beans. Too bad they are ours now. First thing is to wash the beans before we shell. I can not stand to get all that dirt on my fingers and my beans. I wash the beans in two different waters then let them stay in the third until we shell them. Since we have wet them they will have to be put up that day. When we got enough shelled to cook for supper I put them on the stove. I like ham hocks with them, but since I did not have any I used olive oil, it is better for us any way. Carrel did not mind shelling these butter beans, in fact he helps me do everything I do except write my blog, he will proof read it. He would not take a picture of me shelling beans because he wants everyone to think he did it all. We shelled them all and put them in the freezer that night. I place two big boilers of water on the stove to boil. After washing my shelled beans three times, drained, place them in the boiling water brought them back to a boil, for three minutes. Place boilers in the sink, water and beans, with ice, cooled. We put three cups of beans in a quart bag cover with the same water they were boiled in and lay flat and freeze. If you pour the water out there goes lots of your vitamins. We got twelve bags, Carrel likes peas best and I like butter beans.
We had supper at 10:00 PM that night. Joann gave me some small okra, I boiled in my beans, we had fried egg plant from our garden and sliced tomatoes, and a fresh pan of corn bread. Now can you beat that? I cooked, Carrel washed dishes. Isn't he a Dream Come True. The name of the rose is Dream Come True, it is and so is Carrel. We grew some tomato plants and egg plants along the fence in the back yard.
I hope you have enjoyed this visit with Carrel and I. Thank you for watching our garden grow and bloom and I hope you will grow one of you own. Happy gardening to you from from Carrel and I. Juanita.