Southern Sunday Favorite

Submitted by Christi

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Join Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday favorites and Charlotte and Ginger at Blogger Spirit for Spiritual Sunday and enjoy your Sunday!

Now that Autumn has arrived, I’m reminded, yet again, that “to everything there is a season.” This post is from April 24, 2009. I was putting in my garden for the summer:

Genesis 1: 11-13

“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.”

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This is the weekend I put in my garden – starting today. I’ve planted my seeds, tended the seedlings, transferred them into bigger pots and now, I’m ready for the real deal.

I will be tilling the plot, getting rid of the grass and weeds, amending the soil, making rows, then TA DA!!!, planting the vegetables and flowers. This is a pretty labor intensive way to save money, but, it is a labor of love. And, it is well worth it.

Nothing tastes better than home-grown vegetables that you have tended with your own hands. Not only do I get to have yummy veggies and lovely flowers, I get to have the pleasure of accomplishment, the gratitude for the blessing of the earth and a connection to generations and generations going back forever who have planted seeds to grow food and flowers for their homes.

Here is some gardening wisdom from Mary Anne Potter of Herban Renewal Farms of Ponca City, Oklahoma. She is an herbal gardener who wrote a lovely book called Herbal Pleasures. Her words of gardening wisdom are wise words for life as well.

Gardening Wisdom

1. Begin early. But it’s never too late to start.

2. If it doesn’t work, try something else.

3. Life is fragile. Protect it.

4. Life is enduring. Trust it.

5. Life is daily. Water it. Weed it. Prune it.

6. Life is indescribably beautiful. Enjoy it and say thank you.

7. Growth takes time. Be patient. And While you are waiting, pull a weed.

8. There’s something for everybody – different blooms for different rooms.

9. Pruning hurts. Pruning helps you grow.

10. Recycle. Reuse. Restore. Repair. Reduce. Redo.

11. Sometimes the tiniest flowers smell the sweetest.

12. To everything there is a season.

13. Dream big. But try not to let your joy turn into drudgery.

14. Grow what you love. the love will keep it growing.

15. Remember, never kiss by the garden gate. Love is blind, but the neighbors ain’t.

Isn’t that lovely? My mother gave me this lovely little book. Okay, off to the garden. I’ll take pics to show y’all next week.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

Today’s Lagniappe: Garden Veggie Quiche

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 cup sliced mushrooms
* 1/2 med. zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
* 1/2 small onion, diced
* 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
* 1/3 cup shredded carrots
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 5 eggs
* 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
* 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 9-inch pie crust

1. Heat olive oil in medium size pan.
2. Add veggies, garlic, and salt and saute until soft.
3. While veggies are cooling a little, mix together eggs, ricotta, and Parmesan until fully combined.
4. Stir veggies into egg mixture and pour into pie shell.
5. Cook at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

12 Responses to “Southern Sunday Favorite”

  1. Mary Says:

    As a gardener, I love and agree with your words! And thanks for the quiche…just happen to have all the ingredients (except mushrooms) and I’m going to make it NOW!

    God bless,
    Mary

  2. Ginger Says:

    When I work in my garden I’m always reminded on how much God has blessed us.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Ginger

  3. Sarah @ Hyacinth Says:

    Mary, some of my favorite times are those spend in my garden. I enjoyed reading your list! Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

  4. Lori E Says:

    Even though my garden did not do as well as hoped the wisdom is still appropriate.

  5. Maggie Says:

    Excellent Gardening Wisdom, thank you for sharing that with us.
    My husband & I both love quiche, whatever the season, and contrary to the old saying, “real men do eat quiche” well mine does, so thanks for the new recipe too.
    Maggie @ Normandy Life & Quimper Club

  6. nannykim Says:

    Yup–it really is amazing how we can learn from all of life!! What a blessing!

  7. Lisa Says:

    What a lovely post! Miss Mary Ann has great insight and wisdom!
    PS I’m writing down your quiche recipe! It sounds delicious.;)

  8. Clif Says:

    Good post. I always enjoy and profit from what you write. Thank you.

  9. Chari Says:

    Hi Christi…

    Great post to share with us for Sunday Favorites this week, my friend! Not only did you enjoy the fruits of your labours but I remember a few posts this past summer where you shared some of those yummy looking veggies with all of us via blogging!!! Loved the 15 Gardening bits of Wisdom…especially #15…that’s just too cute! Hehe! I’m so glad that I live way out in the country so that I can kiss my honey at the fence just whenever I want to! wink!

    Your quiche recipe sounds yummy…thanks for sharing that with us too!

    Have a super Sunday, my friend!
    Chari

  10. Keetha Says:

    Since you started this post off with the story of the third day of creation – – – did you even notice that God didn’t create the SUN until the day AFTER he created the plants? Hmmmm very interesting!

  11. Charlotte Says:

    Sounds like you have really been working. Not only will you enjoy the wonderful veggies and flowers, but you have the satisfaction that comes with knowing you helped make it happen. Your Gardening Wisdom list is great.
    Thank you for sharing with us today.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  12. Denise Says:

    Such a nice post.

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