This is the first year I’ve ever planted a real garden and honestly I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Coach built me a raised garden bed, I filled it with soil and I sprinkled in some seeds. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. I visualized myself picking a few fresh tomatoes every once in awhile, and maybe having a little basil to toss with my pasta and hopefully I would get a cucumber or two. Well, all those things happened and I was a very happy little gardener, but then things started to change. The garden started to grow and grow and grow. Before I knew it, I was picking baskets full of cucumbers, and corn and peppers and peas every other day. At first I was thrilled, but they just kept growing and growing and growing! The cucumber vines crawled out of the garden bed, up the fence and across the yard! Then the peas and beans crawled up the cucumber vines and my neighbors became quite curious about the corn stalks towering above my fence. I made basil pesto, spinach pesto, jalapeno pesto, cilantro chimichurri, dill pickles, sweet pickles, bread and butter pickles, and many other tasty things. We ate loads of veggies straight from the garden and gave away some too. With all my efforts, I still had vegetables shriveling on the vine because we couldn’t use them up fast enough. I think I overdid it just a wee bit.
I’m looking out the window right now and seeing that my basil, after being harvested many times this summer, is over two foot tall again! I guess it’s time to make more pesto!
Happily married to a college football coach for 14 wonderful years, mom to 2 amazing little knuckleheads, photographer, crafty chick, loves to cook, wannabe gardener, beach bum, pool floater, Saints fan, happy girl ___
ORIGIN: Natchitoches, Louisiana___
MAY BE SEEN: Getting rowdy at football games, riding on a Mardi Gras float, arguing with my computer, jumping curbs in the minivan, with my nose in a book, dreaming about a vacation, digging in the dirt, chasing kids and acting crazy with a camera strapped around my neck___
SECRET WEAPON: PhotoShop___
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Flipflops, Coca~Cola, computer, camera, library card, kids' giggles, husband's love and support___
ENEMIES: Long lines, slow drivers, hurricanes___
HEROES: Parents who made sure I've been loved every day of my life, my children who make me laugh until my belly hurts and my wonderful husband for always saying yes to my crazy ideas and loving me uncondionally no matter what___
LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order in under 30 seconds