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Late Summer Joy

I'm interrupting this delta variant/Afghanistan nightmare/vaccine passport/Australian lockdown/throw-the-unvaccinated-under-the-bus mess to bring you some late summer joy.

A butterfly enjoys the asters in my back yard.


A monarch butterfly caterpillar munches on milkweed by the driveway.

A praying mantis sits on the garage, mugging the camera. 

Summer harvest from my garden: ox heart slicing tomatoes, roma cooking tomatoes, Anaheim chiles, jalapeƱos, and a Right Stuff bell pepper. Biggs caught and killed the rat that was eating the tomatoes--good dog!

Pickled peppers. Don't you love it when the lids go "tonk"? Only three grams of carb per quarter cup--should you want to eat that much!

Three-herb marinara, made with tomatoes and herbs from the garden. No pesticides or funky ingredients, and just 13 grams of carb per half-cup serving. 

The canning recipes are from the Better Homes and Gardens Complete Canning Guide, 2015. The three-herb marinara is a favorite of mine, but I haven't tried the pickled peppers yet. The New England aster and common milkweed seeds came from Prairie Moon nursery, and the insects just showed up. 

Comments

Really nice to see your photographs showing this late summer joy :)

All the best Jan

PS Well done Biggs!
Lori Miller said…
Thanks, Jan. I'll give Biggs a pat on the head for you.

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