Garden Joys

It’s such a joy to grow things.

Blog Photo - Veggie Garden Lettuce

And even more satisfying to know that the stuff we’re eating is from our own garden.

Blog Photo - Garden harvest baskets with toamtoes peppers eggplants on table

This year, as I walked through the garden, I found myself eating berries and vegetables before I even got them into the house.

Blog Photo - Verandah - Red Currants

Instead of making jelly, I ate the currants fresh from the bush every day.

Asparagus spears, delicious when eaten fresh, often didn’t make it into the kitchen.

Same for the raspberries and even some tomatoes.

Being able to forage for food in one’s own garden is a privilege.

Blog Photo - Garden harvest Basket tomatoes pumpkin

Recently, we’ve made herb oils (basil, in this case).

Blog Photo - Herb Oils 2

And I’ve made peach cake.

Blog Photo - Peach

Knowing my tragic history with baking cakes, my family was impressed by how well it turned out.

Blog Photo - Cake 2

I was so impressed with my baking victory that I kept making the same cake over and over again.

Blog Photo - Cake Cut

“Make her stop!” younger daughter begged her father.

I protested and she said “Mom, I love you. But you know … you find one thing that you can make, and you keep making it and making it till we’re sick of it.”

I Β rolled my eyes and tried to look penitent. But I was busy making another peach cake.

Blog Photo - Cake slice

Soon it will be time to pull the garlic and onion bulbs from the soil.

Blog Photo - Garlic 2

And time to make apple pie.

I’ll peel and slice the apples, and my good man will make the pies. Everyone in our family looks forward to this tradition (and no-one complains since he only makes these delicious pies once a year).

Blog Photo - Kitchen Apple slices

Blog Photo - Kitchen Pies on Table

It’s the simple stuff. The good stuff.Β 

And my daughter will be relieved to know that now I’m serving the peaches freshly sliced, with yogourt.

But just wait till next summer.




Filed under A Good Home, Apple Pies, Canadian Gardens, Canadian Homes, Canadian life, Farmhouse Kitchen, Garden

84 responses to “Garden Joys

  1. What a bountiful garden! Eating it while it is fresh is the best.

  2. You are not the only one to keep making a recipe that turns out. Love the ending of this lush garden piece.

  3. Wonderful post Cynthia. Yes to the simple joys of growing and harvesting our own food, along with family and friends to share it with. πŸ™‚

  4. Karen Pickering

    Wonderful post. It made me smile and it made me hungry. Why shouldn’t you make the cake again and again? When something works… We tend to eat things over and over when they are in season. The winter selections are just not the same.

  5. You are really in your element Cynthia – so wonderful to read about your bountiful garden and then seeing your delicious baked goods.

  6. Hey, if they don’t want that peach cake, I know some folks around here who would love a slice! πŸ˜‰

  7. Yum, I am hungry from reading this post. My husband is also the pie baker in the family.

  8. LOL!!! Oh, what beautiful produce!!! Basil is my favorite herb. It’s so funny that your daughter wanted you to stop making your peach cakes (which, by the way, look delicious) because I’m the same way–whenever I find something I like and I’m good at, I tend to go overboard. As always, thanks for sharing your lovely posts and pictures! Have a great day! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. Murtagh's Meadow

    Makes me hungry just reading and seeing all that lovely garden produce!

  10. Wow Cynthia, it is impressive!

  11. There’s no such thing as too much peach cake. (or apple pie)

  12. Oh, those pies look delicious. It’s a wonderful feeling, wandering into the garden and munching on fresh produce. Almost nothing ever makes it back to the house!

  13. Gail

    You are so privileged and patient to tend such a bountiful garden Cynthia! How fresh and delicious everything looks!

  14. When I am successful with a recipe I do the same thing as you Cynthia, having never tried Peach Cake, it would be lovely to have some parcelled up and sent over!

  15. Fresh is best! And, oh those desserts!

  16. Now who could resist those perfect little red currants? Not me!

  17. I promise you I would NEVER complain about too many peach cakes! Or apple pies–my personal fave! What a satisfying time of year for you!

  18. Much coming in from our own garden now too. I also like to eat my way through the garden and orchard! One Extension agent I know said the best way to eat a tomato is out in the field with the seeds running down one’s face.

    • Hah!
      when do the grapes ripen?

      • They are ripe now. Rick has already been picking the table grapes and the pinot noir is also ripe. I will have to harvest what I can this week, as the bees are making the rounds of the vineyard, sucking the grapes dry. The birds aren’t far behind…

        Rick’s mother has now qualified for home hospice, so I am looking forward to the extra help, and a little more sleep.

      • Ah, Lavinia. You and Rick have so much on your hands. Glad about the home hospice, especially at this busy time. You really are something else, you know.

  19. This is wonderful, Cynthia. I found myself laughing about you picking and eating in the garden before getting inside and also making the same thing over and over again – this sounds so much like me! πŸ˜€

  20. I’m so impressed with your garden – the produce looks so fresh, healthy & delicious! Not to mention the scrumptious peach cake!

  21. Margaret Mair

    So nice to think of you walking through your garden and enjoying its bounty. And now I am both hungry and envious – though we do get to enjoy the bounty of this time of year as well, we just pay for it with money instead of work!

  22. Congratulations on baking such a tasty looking cake! My daughter Alice makes peach crumble and very nice it is too. I will have to try peach cake! I live with a lot of piggy people who never complain about the type of cake or pudding I bake. They only moan if there isn’t enough. Our figs are ripening at last! Our tomatoes are also ripening but don’t taste of much because of the lack of sunshine. Lovely photos of all the produce!

    • The peach cake is great for any time of day. It’s actually as light as a coffee cake, but the peach slices make it moist and delicious. Great about the figs! It’s lovely to have one’s own fig tree.

      • Thank-you! I will try this recipe I think. Is it just a plain sponge mixture? Fresh figs are wonderful and the tree is not fussy either ( this is fortunate as most of the trees in our garden have to survive without much care )

      • I’ll email you the recipe. Pretty straightforward, even for me.
        You’ll need 2 or 3 peaches, 2 eggs, some brown sugar, butter, sour cream (I use light), baking powder and soda, and some flour. Plus nutmeg, vanilla extract and a wee sprinkle of salt. Then you slice the peaches and put a layer right around the outer edge of the cake, put in oven for about 50 minutes, eh voila! My good man comes along and sprinkles it lightly with icing sugar, but I never bother.

  23. Peaches and pears, oh my! I love what you say about the garden, it is indeed a privilege. Toni

  24. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    You had me at the tomatoes! πŸ˜€ I have to get fasting-blood work in a few hours and your post has me starving. This was (will be) delicious!

  25. The peaches seem to have been especially delicious this year – coming to the end of that season is sad. I’ve tried them many ways but not in baking so good for you! It does seem that the apple trees have a bigger bounty too this year.

  26. Omigosh, Cynthia, you have me drooling and envying! Since I have such terrible luck with plants, maybe I should just move next door to you! HA! πŸ˜†

  27. What a wonderful harvest, and all of the baking, too! Your peach cake looks so good. I wish so badly that we had room on our property to grow fruit and vegetables like that. πŸ™‚

  28. Nothing’s better than garden produce. Currants – cool!

  29. Great post, Cynthia!! I’m so impressed with your lush garden! Nothing tastes better than produce fresh from the garden, IMHO. πŸ™‚ I got a good chuckle over your making the peach cake over and over. Too funny. πŸ˜€ I’m planning to bake an apple pie this week; I love using my mom’s recipe for apple pie with crumb topping. Yum!

    Wishing you a wonderful September week!

    Big hugs,


  30. WOW! What a bounty! I am lettuce-y green with envy that you have so much wonderful food coming from your very own garden. It just looks fabulous, as does your peach cake and those apple pies. If you’ve got that peach cake down, maybe there’s an outlet/local fair in town where you could sell some! I have a tabu recipe for a German Plum Cake that I also make with peaches or apples – super simple and to die for. E me off-post through my website if you’re interested, and I’ll e-mail it to you – πŸ™‚

  31. If they get tired of your peach cake, you can send them down here! Bet it’s great warmed up with a scoop of ice cream.

  32. Cynthia, what a great team you and Hamlin make. Your words and humor plus his photography make for a magazine quality post. And thank you for making me feel normal about binge baking with a winning recipe. πŸ˜‰ This year I ate the blueberries right off of our bushes. One of my sons did some picking so I could bake at least one pie.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  33. I laughed out loud in my office reading about your peach cake!! I have to agree it is a wonderful feeling to eat off your own land. Every time I pull something out I have canned or frozen it makes me feel wonderful inside all winter long.

    I make our infused oils at home as well. Basil/garlic is our family favorite. I make quite a few at a time as I cook our chicken in, use it on veggies, pasta, salads etc. YUM

    • When I read about your cooking, I always feel comforted. One of these days I’m going to have to climb in through a window (says she who can no longer climb) and raid your freezer or canned preserves.
      Glad you laughed.

  34. Fresh peaches and yogurt. YUMMY! πŸ˜€ My favorite. Hi, Cynthia. I haven’t been around for awhile and I was thinking of you and wondering how you are doing so decided to pop over and say howdy. Hope you’re well and that you have a lovely day. ❀

  35. What a wonderful harvest. The slugs had most of my lettuces, but the hedgehogs probably had the slugs, so I’m not complaining (much). I can’t cook cakes…

    • Hilary my dear: you just made a friend for life! You can’t cook cakes either! Mind you, the very fact that you say ‘cook cakes’ instead of ‘baking’ is a sure tip-off. I’m so happy to know you are also inept at baking. But I bet you’re a wonderful cook.

  36. I was just having a little wander through your tweets and found this fabulous post which I had missed! Just look at those Lettuce! And Tomatoes and Squash! And the cake is gorgeous. O.K, your secret is out, you really are a DOMESTIC DIVA!

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