These wonderful things came from my garden. It is so wonderful to walk outside and pick delicious fruit, vegetables and beautiful flowers. I enjoy gardening. To me it's relaxing. I love to plant the seeds and anxiously await the day they pop up from the dirt and begin to grow into plants that produce. There is great satisfaction in gardening and growing your own food. One thing I really love about it is that the food taste wonderful. You can let it grow and pick it when it is ripe unlike the grocery, they have to pick them when they are not ripe so they don't spoil before they get to the consumer. The taste is just not the same. For instance, I would probably hate tomatoes if I had only tasted the ones from the grocery store. A fresh, dark red, rip, juicy tomato out of your own garden is a real treat. Yes there is a little work involved but everything really good in life takes some effort and you always look back and say, "that was so worth it!"
We love taco dip, My husband REALLY loves it. Many times we have it for supper without anything else. In the fall and winter we have to rely on "store bought tomatoes" to make it so this year I decided to try something new.
I cut up my fresh tomatoes and put them on cookie sheets to freeze (if you just bag them they all stick together like one frozen ice cube). After a day or so I took them out and put them in my freezer bags for when I may want to make taco dip in the future. Two cookie sheets gave me 8 bags for 8 batches. See the recipe below.
1 can refried beans (pureed kidney or red beans can work too)
1 cup or more of cooked ground beef if you like
Taco meat seasonings to taste
8 ounces of taco sauce
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese sharp or mild or mixed
8 ounces of sour cream
chopped up lettuce
chopped up tomatoes
Corn tortilla chips
Spread the refried beans in the bottom of your 9 x 13 baking pan. Top with cooked ground beef that has been seasoned with powdered taco seasoning mix maybe a tablespoon or so. Now pour the taco sauce evenly over the bean and meat mixture then top with the cheese. Bake in an oven at 350 for about 20 to 30 minutes until it is bubble, hot and the cheese is melted. Take out of the oven and top with the sour cream. Drop by the spoonful and let set just a minute and it will warm up so it will spread well. Top with lettuce and tomato and serve with chips. It's addictive, so be careful!
I have a couple of closing thoughts to share. One is if you love gardening I encourage you to watch the video, "Back To Eden" on the web for free. Go to www.backtoedenfilm.com It is a wonderful video on gardening. The best I have ever seen!
There is so much joy in little things like gardening and cooking and EATING! There is even more joy in sharing those things with the people you love and those in need. Joy comes when you give of yourself to something worthwhile, to others and to our Lord. I had some good friends I worked with stop by Friday and they were so happy to pick from my garden and take it home. I have many wonderful friends and family members that bring me a lot of joy they are the seedlings from God's garden and I love them all so very much. I will end with this wonderful Bible verse
2Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Happy gardening even it may only be with God's seedlings!
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.