Summer is winding down – you’re going to miss her when she’s gone! So put some Summer in your freezer while you can

I sit here at the computer trying to wake up. At 4:30 my body climbed out of bed and down the stairs to take a look at the stars – blotted almost completely out by a low, bright moon. The dogs would not follow, so I went back in the house to see if Arthur Itis had turned on the coffee pot. Arthur had climbed into bed with the dogs, that old fart.

I baked last night on a whim. My husband wants to get an early start on the outside work today, so I didn’t want to have to mess around with the bread. I took it out of the oven about quarter to 10, we sat down to watch the 10 o’clock news and went to bed. I set the stove alarm to wake me up an hour later to wrap it.

And voila!

It's a wrap Babeeee!

It’s a wrap Babeeee!

That’s French for, “aren’t you glad to have that out of the way!”

Cause it’s already a little warm this morning. I would say this is the warmest morning all Summer.  I’m sitting at my desk at 5:39 am, hardly exerting a whimper, and there’s already a fresh sweat across my shoulders. Yecccchhhh!

Time to get back to the garden, eh? Our melons are coming in fast.

Here's a cutaway of one of those Prescott melons - it got caught in the wire cage around the melon bed, and I had to cut it to get it out.

Here’s a cutaway of one of those Prescott melons – it got caught in the wire cage around the melon bed, and I had to cut it to get it out.

Here's the biggest Prescott we've had so far - about he size of a child's head.

Here’s the biggest Prescott we’ve had so far – about he size of a child’s head.

A couple of smaller Prescotts. They all started coming ripe at once.

A couple of smaller Prescotts. They all started coming ripe at once.

What to do with all this Plenty! We eat it at almost every meal, put it in salads, smoothies, but right now we are still outpaced by the vines.  But in a week or so, I predict it will all be dead – this heat is just frying our garden.

Freeze it! This winter when I ran out of my own frozen fruit I started picking up the frozen fruit mix at Raley’s – very cheap, even cheaper than Walmart. It included bite size pieces of melon, and they were delicious, so I’ll do same with my melons this year. 

Yeah there’s still peaches, my gawd! I’ve filled the freezer, but I still have a pile of peaches on the counter top. I know – Juanita and her champagne problems!

My son solved the problem – he asked me to make a peach cobbler – a no brainer. But, hardly a cold dish for summer, I know. Oh well, in this weather, the air conditioner has been running almost constantly – what’s the difference if I turn on the oven? We’ll see – I’ll keep you posted. The boy promised to provide ice cream!

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