Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Big Dreams, Little Dreams - Perfect Fulfillment Found in the Kitchen and Garden

20 Cherry Tomato Plants and
I still have more!
It's a perfect spring day. The sun is shining brightly, the sky is blue, the bees are buzzing, birds are chirping and I am one with my tomato plants.

I have big dreams for my writing, my Passion Test certification and becoming a speaker inspiring women all over the world.

Yet, I have a quiet, little dream to spend my days gardening and baking bread. Spring brings with it a longing to cultivate new life. No baby fever here, just vegetable and herb fever!

There's almost nothing more satisfying as plucking fragrant, tasty herbs from my own garden and making homemade bread (no machine, please) is nearly as empowering as child birth. I'm serious.

Secretly, I think I'd be perfectly blissful taking over the reigns of my mother's greenhouse. In the spring and summer, a gardening haven and into the Autumn months with an addition of a selection of freshly baked breads, homemade flavored oils, hummus and the goods to serve them up with beautiful presentation.

Last year I had 36 Basil plants on my deck.
Maybe I'll top that this year!

For now, I'll have to be content with a backyard garden of my own. I picked up a few seed packets and trays from the pound store (dollar store) and here we are.

I still have more tomato plants growing in a bunch, too small to transplant yet. Pictured on the right is my Basil. I love Basil so much it's nearly an obsession.

Not pictured are the Majoram, Thyme, Chives, Garlic Chives Mint, Dill... oh, and an apple tree that Sweet Rose is growing from a standard old apple seed.
What will I do with all of these gorgeous tomatoes and herbs when they're ready? Bake a lot of bread to go with them! Bruschetta on a slice of this (my latest creation to the left)? Yum!

Or herb breads served up with a bit of Olive Oil... Heaven. Pure heaven.

What are you growing this summer?

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