Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Garden harvests and a recipe ~

~Before I post, I want to thank those of you who have been praying for Tori.  Some have asked me to give a little update on her.  First, she came through the surgery well.  She had some problems with headaches and double vision while recovering but she was able to move out of ICU quicker than expected.  From one of Penny’s updates, the tumor that the doctors removed was malignant.  On May 2, they will be doing a spinal tap and putting in a line so that Tori can receive the medications needed.  (Penny, if you read this and I’ve relayed any information incorrectly, please let me know.)  Please continue to pray for Tori, Penny, Todd, and Hunter.  Thank you. ~

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Our little white house garden is starting to reward us with some yummy treats!  The kids are loving looking through the strawberry patch every day and finding sweet treats.

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I’m loving the fresh salads at lunch and dinner everyday!  YUMMY!  Today before lunch I was surprised to find some snow peas that were ready to pick.  (I looked yesterday and didn’t see them…those sneaky little snow peas!)

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I picked all that looked ready, hurried in to wash them, and promptly ate them for lunch.  (Well, I ate them after I took the picture.  My mouth was watering the whole entire time!)  They will be wonderful in tomorrow night’s stir fry too!

I try to avoid MSG because it does not agree with my stomach.  (MSG is just not good for youMore here.)  Since many salad dressings have MSG, I’ve been making salad dressing for our family.  Here’s a Ranch dressing recipe that we all LOVE.  I’ve had this recipe in my recipe binder for a while but don’t know where I found it.   If it looks familiar, please let me know so I can give credit.

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Ranch Dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (I used Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley  (I was out of parsley so I used the garlic and herb seasoning pictured above)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic (I omitted because I used the garlic seasoning.)
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • sprinkle of chives

Mix all of the ingredients together and enjoy.  It tastes better after it has set for about 24 hours.  I don’t know how long it would last in the frig because our dressing didn’t even last a week with all of our fresh salads!

If you have a garden, have you been eating any of your harvests yet?  I’d love to hear about it! 


  1. Good, good stuff coming in from your garden! Thanks for the update on Tori. I'm happy the surgery went okay and I will continue to pray.

    We sat down to dinner last night and I told Matt how much I was enjoying our garden salads:)
    So funny that you ask today;)
    Daily we are picking:
    lots of lettuce, asparagus and broccoli. Our strawberries are a couple months off from yours as well as peas and such.

    Loved this update!!!

  2. Amanda ~ I really want to start an asparagus patch. I love fresh asparagus! We really love our garden salads too!


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