Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weeds in the Garden

The philosopher who said that work well done never needs doing over
never weeded a garden.
Ray D. Everson

Click to play this Smilebox postcard: July Garden

My dad used to say "Measure twice, cut once." As you probably guessed, he was a carpenter. In some aspects of life, this is true. You need to be accurate, you need to do it right the first time. Carpenters would waste a lot of wood if they weren't precise on their measurements.

More true than not, although you can strive for perfection, you are not perfect. Usually practice makes perfect. You may not accomplish something on the first try, but you need to keep trying until you succeed. The more times you do something, the better you get at it, and the better the outcome.


The zucchini is coming! If anyone has grown zucchini, you know what I mean. You will have an over-abundance soon! Here is one recipe that my nieces love (minus an ingredient or two).

Italian Zucchini Casserole

1 large zucchini (2-3 lb), seeded and sliced thinly
1 green pepper, seeded and sliced thinly
1 large onion, sliced thinly
2 ripe tomatoes, or 1 - 16 oz. can of diced tomatoes
Garlic Garlic, or garlic powder
Italian Seasoning
1 - 8 oz. tomato sauce
1 - 8 to 16 oz. pkg mozzarella shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

You make this like lasagna. Layer 1/3 of the zucchini and 1/2 of the rest of the vegetables in order listed above. Sprinkle garlic and Italian seasoning, to taste, on each layer. Top first layer with cheese. Again layer 1/3 of the zucchini and 1/2 of the rest of the vegetables, sprinkle with garlic and Italian seasoning. Top with remaining zucchini, and tomato sauce. Cover with foil, tented, and bake for 1 hour. Remove foil, top with mozzarella cheese and bake until melted. The vegetables will produce liquid, so serve it with a slotted spoon or spatula. It is so good!

Aunt Janet's Sayings

This is one thing I always say when I'm saying goodbye, and now I hear my nieces and nephews saying it to me first. "I love you. Talk to you later. Bye." The words "I love you" are so powerful!

Pulling weeds,
Aunt Janet

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