Sunday, August 14, 2011

Gifts from the Garden

There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own vegetable garden and harvesting. It is late summer now and my tomato, cucumber, zucchini and bean plants are finally loaded with fresh produce  to enjoy.
Baby Eggplant: 
 Tomato and Cucumber Salsa,cheese and shredded lettuce served in colored peppers for a Taco party:
 Ceramic Taco Holders for the corn tortillas:
Taco Meat filling in a lemon-shaped platter:

 Aguas Frescas, a popular Mexican fruit drink served in Mason jars. Click HERE to view the recipe for Aguas Frescas
 Fresh Tomato-Cucumber Salsa Recipe:
One and a half cup of chopped, seeded tomato
One cup of chopped, seeded cucumber
One third cup of thinly sliced green onions
A quarter cup of fresh chopped cilantro 
3Tbsp. of Lime juice
1/4 tsp of salt
In a bowl combine all the above ingredients.
Serve the salsa in peppers,decorated with party picks:
 Grilled Corn served with green and red tomato relish:
 Peel back the corn husks and remove the corn silk. Boil and grill the corn. Spread butter on the corns. In a separate bowl combine chopped green tomato,red tomato, pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper. Top the corn with the tomato mixture,fresh basil leaves and feta cheese (optional). Recipe from: 

It has been a beautiful summer and I hope everyone is having a wonderful one. It is Back to School for us in a few short weeks with a whole different routine. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my summer garden and for your loving comments. Have a great week!
Click the links below for wonderful inspiring ideas:


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Oh my that was all fabulous. I can;t get over how plump and pretty your veggies are. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

Kathy said...

I love this idea of using peppers as bowls, great idea I will use...such pretty pictures too, great post!

beachcomber said...

your vegetables look so fresh and summery!! i love everything you made with them and the mexican drinks in the mason jars look fabulous!
thanks so much for stopping by my blog : )

Kathryn Griffin said...

Beautiful garden. We finished planting our first fall garden in July and cannot wait till we get to harvest. Found you via Debbiedoos and have become a follower. Pop on over for a visit if you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Awesome photos as usual. You're making me hungry. Those veggies look delicious.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Your tablescaoe looks AMAZING!
Love your festive touches and the dishes you used.
So colorful and fun.
Will have toc print out your recipes.
Looks so yummy!

Judee said...

I'm visiting from Seasonal Sunday. Fabulous pictures and love the fresh salsa recipe and the corn on the cob. I'm your newest follower. Hope you will follow me back.

Beeutiful by Design said...

Everything looks so fresh and delicious! Jennifer

The Tablescaper said...

What a feast for the eyes! And the belly.

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Designs By Pinky said...

HI Poppy! Forsy of all I forgot to get back to you about my pillows and I apologize!!! The koi pillow I found this year at Burlington Coat Factory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believ that? It was the only one and only $6.99!!!!!!!!!!!! I grabbbed it FAST! The other 2 shell pillows I forget where I got them, it has been several years. Now, this table scape is FABULOUS!!!! My mouth is watering at all the food ans so beautifully presented!!!! Have a great week! XO, Pinky

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your table with all the great food!!! The colors are are Beautiful you did a great job putting this all together for your party.
I hope you come see my new Tablescape. and have a great week.
XXOO Diane

Kathy said...

Wow Poppy! Your vegetables look marvelous! What a feast you've spread! Looks delicious!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

amazing~! love the veggies, your presentation and all your beautiful clear photos.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Gorgeous post! Everything looks so bright and beautiful! The spread looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Babs said...

That last photo of the corn has me drooling. That is the prettiest corn I've ever seen. Your tablescape is darling. I love the colors and how you used the peppers to hold the salsa. The Aquas Frescas looks delicious in the Mason jars. I keeping the recipes. Yum.

Red Brick Shanty said...

Your garden is awesome. I loved the drinks in the Mason jars.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, this is not only a feast to eat but such a feast for the eye. Gorgeous and you have arranged everything so beautifully. Your pics are stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

once in a blue moon said...

looking fun, OLE~

Judy said...

I'm so impressed with your beautiful garden. What a treasure. Thanks so much for sharing with my Sizzle into Summer party.

Shanthi said...

WOW WOW !!! such fresh produce from the garden. WOW one lucky you. Loved those grilled corns and all the color.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Your produce looks so healthy and beautiful. We had a large garden. About the only things still producing are the okra and eggplant. We had a very dry and hot summer in South Carolina. It was hard to keep everything watered. Your tacos looks delicious!

Anu@MyDreamCanvas said...

This looks great. I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. Take care Anu

xinex said...

Your veggie garden looks so lush and productive....Christine

JudyBug said...

WOW! What beautiful things come from your garden. Your pictures are absolutely fantastic...and the corn just made me "gasp", it looks so delicious.

Barbara said...

What a beautiful table! I just love the colors - all inspired by the bounty of your garden! Everything looks delicious!

Coley said...

your garden is impressive. If you saw mine, you would probably cry haha! It's hideous

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful bounty from your garden. Love your fun set up with all your fresh veggies.

niartist said...

OH MY MY ... that looks SOOOoooo GOOD!!!

Just beautiful, what time should I arrive? LOL! I love your setting, glorious. You always do such a good job with these tablescapes - inspirational for sure!

Listen, I have a new series on my blog called: "A Picture is Worth ..." I'm trying to get back to posting pictures about my house, and I'd love it if you'd come by and see the bar in the dining room! :)


Karin Şen Cankan said...

Dear Poppy,

Your vegtable garden looks great.

As a kid I use to love tacos and my mom always made them Sunday evenings at the porch.

O how I wish I was there with you, everything looks great.

Have a good weekend.

Karin Şen Cankan

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Poppy! How lucky you are to have your own garden. The food and the table look fabulous. I have saved the recipe for the fruit drink and will trying it shortly. Thanks for sharing at the Open House party and please link up to On Sutton Place the next three weeks while I am on vacation. Thanks!

Sherry said...

This look delicious! I love stuffed peppers out of the garden. I had everything come up this year but squash. All of the squash bloomed and then produced no fruit. I don't know what happened.:( Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

Alycia Nichols said...

I just finished eating brunch (yes, in the middle of the week!) but looking at this makes me hungry all over again! I love the tortilla holders. Very cool! Everything looks fantastic!!! You put a lot of thought and care into this table and food!!!

N'na the Goodhealthdiva said...

This looks so so good and I am off to checking the recipe of agua fresca right after leaving this comment!
Great blog Poppy I love colors and food so I feel right at home in here!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Beautiful pictures of your garden. Thanks for sharing.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~