Think I can fill my empty nest with tomatoes?

For the last couple of years my husband and I have been watching our biddies take off, leaving us kicking around an empty nest. At least our older son has decided Chico is his town, and lives nearby.  Our younger son might be home for the last time – a month from now he and his girlfriend of two years will be taking their first apartment together at their new college.  

Heavy sigh.  They went off to orientation this weekend, reminding me – in about a month, he will be off to college again. Every year it’s the same – we go through the whole separation thing again, me and the dogs wandering around the house in circles, trying to remember why we came in there.

My husband is down in the dumps as well, his usual workaholic demeanor giving in to “I’m tired today…” 

Something had to give, so we wandered out to pick tomatoes. As you know, we have a lot of tomatoes.

This wall of Early Girls started producing, well, early. We pick a box of ripe tomatoes about every other day.

This wall of Early Girls started producing, well, early. We pick a box of ripe tomatoes about every other day.

But there’s others.

Here's a Paul Robeson. We've been getting so many of these, I'm in the habit of slicing them for meals,. They look like big tomato steaks.

Here’s a Paul Robeson. We’ve been getting so many of these, I’m in the habit of slicing them for meals,. They look like big tomato steaks.

These pretty striped cherry tomatoes are good on salads, but I have so many I think I'll make a batch of salsa.

These pretty striped cherry tomatoes are good on salads, but I have so many I think I’ll make a batch of salsa.

These are called "Indigo Apples." When they are ripe they will be dark red with a cap of dark purple. I like to add them to my cherry tomato salsa, the color combination is outrageous.

These are called “Indigo Apples.” When they are ripe they will be dark red with a cap of dark purple. I like to add them to my cherry tomato salsa, the color combination is outrageous.

This whopper, pictured next to a regular sized "Early Girl" is a Hungarian Heart.

This whopper, pictured next to a regular sized “Early Girl” is a Hungarian Heart.

The Hungarian Heart weighed in at 15 ounces on my mail scale, wowsers, went straight into the sauce pot. I don’t kid around. 

Been busy folks.

Been busy folks.

I’m so glad to have the chest freezer this time of year, our side-by-side is cramped and already full of fruit and chicken. The downstairs freezer starts to look a little barren about March, but it’s still handy for meat we buy cheap at Cash and Carry. Whatever it adds to our PG&E bill I’m confident it saves us as much in food money.

Here’s a tomato we have not tried before, which will be a standard in future.

 

This Carbon weighed in at 18 ounces.

This Carbon weighed in at 18 ounces.

I was sorry I didn’t take a picture before I cut this beast, but look at the smooth juicy flesh on this thing – a perfect blanket for some bacon or a burger. 

We had BLT’s for dinner, a nice light dinner for a couple of tired old empty nesters.

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