READ Kinfolk Volume Four… that’s right! It’s out! If you’ve never picked up a copy of Kinfolk before, you are in for a real treat. This magazine gives me warm fuzzies in the best way. I actually find myself stashing it somewhere once I receive it, so that I won’t spoil it by reading it at any time other than the perfect moment… coffee in-hand, on the porch. You need that in your life. (I do the same thing with Martha Stewart.)
COOK In light of Tomato Week, I found this recipe for Tomato Basil Lemonade on Love and Olive Oil. I think it sounds really interesting! I’m always fascinated with the thought that tomatoes can be used equally well in both sweet and savory dishes. Of this recipe, the author, Lindsay, writes, “The tomato basil is particularly unique—the lemons and sugar turning a typically savory fruit into a sweet libation. Try it! It’s better than it sounds”. Well, I’m convinced.
WISH Ok, this is a little bit un-food-related, but bear with me. Have you ever tried Burts Bees Garden Tomato toner? I can’t get enough of this stuff! I used to get it at Whole Foods (maybe it’s still there?) but now I have to resort to buying it online. It is the best smelling beauty product I’ve ever used… because it smells EXACTLY like a tomato plant. I mean, spot on. It’s so refreshing and soothing, too!
GATHER For a tomato canning party! Arm yourselves with your favorite canning jars, a great book of recipes, and a huge pot. That will get you started. It really is easier than it looks, especially when using an acidic food, like tomatoes. Don’t you want to savor all of those market or garden-fresh beauties for the dark days of winter? Now is a great time to start. Our canning lid labels make for pretty and useful storage. Give them as gifts to your guests! If you’re up for it, there’s still a free download available here.
SECOND HELPING Can you believe August is just days away? I really cannot. This summer has flown by! As our gardens might be starting to wind down, just a little, I know I’m not ready to stop growing my food. I’ve actually grown quite attached to our herb garden. Something that helps me is thinking about fall planting. A fall lettuce garden sounds like the perfect thing for us. It will also be a good time to get a head start on next spring! Here’s a link to Better Homes and Gardens’ Best Cold-Tolerant Vegetables (even thought it’s unbearably hot right now), and a Garden Plan for a small, 4×4 fall garden.
Have you looked into plating a second round of something this fall? We would love to hear your plans!