Hamburger steak w/onion and mushroom gravy, Yellow crookneck squash, Zucchini, and Purple hull peas




Our first meal with ALL of the vegetables from the garden!  Our tomatoes all got blight.  Our bell peppers didn’t produce, but the squash, zucchini, peas, beans, and okra have all done remarkably well.  We have a small garden.  It is a raised 10 x 12 space, but enough for us and we are very pleased with it.  It has been real hot this July, so this is probably the end of the squash, but everything else is flourishing.

For the squash and zucchini, I sliced an onion and sautéed in olive oil in a pan on the stove.  I then added thinly sliced squash and zucchini.  I salted and peppered to taste and put the lid on top and let cook.  The last thing I do is add a sprinkle of sugar.  The peas were also fresh from my garden.  I rinsed them off and placed them in a pot on the stove on high.  Right after I put them in the pot, I realized that I didn’t have an onion for the peas, so I improvised and used a tbsp of minced Phew! I then put two slices of Applegate Farms bacon in with the peas.  Salt and pepper to taste.  I let the peas come to a boil and then reduced the heat and let simmer until done.  Approximately 45 minutes.   See how I made the hamburger steak with onion and mushroom gravy below.

Hoping you are enjoying All the Things out of your garden this summer, as well!


Hamburger Steak w/onion and mushroom gravy

1 lb ground beef



garlic salt

1 onion sliced

8 oz baby Portobello mushrooms sliced

1/2 c water

1 tbsp arrowroot starch

  1. Mix ground beef with salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste.  Make into 4 patties.  Place in pre-heated cast iron skillet on medium.  Cook until nicely browned on each side.  Remove patties to plate and keep warm.

2. Place sliced onion in skillet and allow to turn translucent, 1-2 minutes.  Mix in                     sliced mushrooms with onion.  Stir with spatula, scraping bottom of skillet, as you              stir.

3. Put 1 tbsp of arrowroot starch in 1/2 cup of water and mix well.  Pour into skillet               with onions and mushrooms and stir to thicken.







Playin’ in the Dirt and Pullin’ Up Weeds


I love having a garden!  This may sound weird, but I like the smell of dirt when I water it.  We live in a subdivision, so it isn’t like we have a bunch of land or anything like that, although, I tease and say that I just need some land, a tractor, and some overalls and I’d be a happy gal.  We haven’t planted a garden in a few years, so I am so excited to have one this year.  We are kind of late getting it in the ground AND we are doing things a bit differently from the way we have in the past.  I did not go and buy plants from the store.  I purchased organic, heirloom seeds from a seed company that supports organic gardening.  Lauren and I planted the seeds together.  I didn’t know if anything would even come up.  We have never done it this way before, but figured, what the hey, we’ll try something new!  Well, it has been 5 days and guess what?  We have plants!  Yay!  Little pea and squash and zucchini plants have poked through the soil.  SO EXCITED!

I love tending a garden.  Waking up in the morning and going to see how much the plants have grown.  We have had plenty of rain, so far, thanks to subtropical storm Alberto.  I know that weeds will begin to sprout up and that is just part of it.  Have you ever noticed how deep the roots are on weeds?  Clover and grass.  It doesn’t take much and they grow strong and deep.  As long as the ground is moist, I can pull the weed out by the root.  All of the rain we have had has helped keep them easy to pull up by the root, but once it gets really hot and dry here in Alabama, that will be harder to do.  Just like plants need water and care to keep out the weeds, we need the living water  to keep us spiritually healthy and strong.  Staying in God’s word helps us keep the weeds of life from taking over.  When we neglect to stay hydrated by the living water, the weeds can take root and become harder to get rid of.  Hebrews 12:15 says, See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God: that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble…  Just after a rain, the next morning, I always see new weeds that have sprung up, so I have to get at them early to pull them up and not allow them to take root in my garden.

It amazes me how a tiny seed can be placed in the dirt, covered with more dirt, rained upon and then push through to emerge from the ground a little green plant that looks so fragile, yet it continues to grow stronger, in spite of the hard rain, wind, hot sun and those nasty weeds!   Some of these elements are necessary to make the seed grow into a strong plant that eventually will grow into a vegetable or flower.  Just like in life, sometimes we have things thrown on us.  Sometimes storms come or a season of drought  or weeds spring up and try to choke the life out of us.  This makes it hard to persevere.  Each of these things, though trying and hard, makes us stronger.  Stronger in character, stronger in our convictions, and with God’s help, stronger in our walk with Him, as long as we do not give up…and just as eventually, the plant bears fruit, we too bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Instead of a tomato :), we bear love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23.


I think each of these makes a beautiful garden that I am sure God loves to tend.  Praying that All the Things in your garden, whether vegetable, flower, or your heart are beautiful and plentiful this summer!