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“Earth laughs in flowers.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

I picked out some dahlia tubers at the local nursery in the spring, and planted them in a nice sunny spot.  They seemed to start off slowly, but suddenly I look out and here is this massive flower on one of the plants!  It’s just gorgeous . . . I just love it when my garden surprises me like this . . . 

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“Do you know the Muffin Man?”  from the movie Shrek

Mmmmmmmm . . . . baking this morning . . . using up all the zucchini goodness from the garden.  I took this shot with my D7000 on a tripod with the oven light on.  Can you see me?  Gonna freeze me up a bunch of these bad boys to enjoy in the months to come.  I did a triple batch of the Zucchini Bread recipe, but made muffins.  I did a tray of mini muffin bites as well.  Tomorrow I’ll post a picture of the Chocolate Zucchini Brownies that are in the works.  

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“Harvest the bounty of rich tradition and amazing possibilities.”  Mary Anne Radmacher

We’re just now starting to get a good harvest off of the garden.  Peas, carrots, beets (so sweet!) and cherry tomatoes . . . delish!  It’s been an odd growing season with a very wet and cool spring, with only recently warm weather in our summer.  Never-the-less it’s so nice to pull this out of the garden and cook it for dinner . . . 

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Old Fashioned Raspberry Jam Recipe: Food Network (click for recipe)

There just really is nothing like fresh-picked raspberries thrown in to the pot and cooked up in to yummy raspberry jam!  These are pretty much the last of the berries to be picked this year – there may be a few stragglers for a little nibble here and there.  But they are pretty much done for the season.  I made up a nice double batch of jam to put away for the winter, and to share with a few family and friends.  I have frozen some, for smoothies over the course of the next year till we are able to start the cycle all over again.  

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“My wish isn’t to mean everything to everyone but something to someone.”  Anonymous

I was trying so hard to get a shot of the little fluffs floating in the air after I blew them off the stem.  I just could not get the timing right!  But I did make my wish . . . 

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“For future reference, Harry, it is raspberry…although of course, if I were a Death Eater, I would have been sure to research my own jam preferences before impersonating myself.”  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Checking on my raspberry bushes . . . we’ve expanded the row to 50 feet and staked them up to provide support.  I’m expecting a bumper crop this year . . . nothing like raspberries fresh picked!  

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