With today being Labor Day I feel that summer is coming to an end. One of my favorite parts of this past summer was my mom's garden! She has worked since January/February growing seeds and seedlings, planting, tilling, picking, pruning, etc. There are still a few things still growing but it won't be too much longer until the first freeze and the garden will be done for the year. I can't count the number of times I have gone to her house or the garden with an empty bag and returned with beautiful, yummy vegetables. I dread the day I have to breakdown and buy a grocery store tomato after her homegrown goodness all summer.
Tonight's dinner (like pretty much all Meatless Monday) meals have featured her veggies. I used the veggies to make roasted veggie sandwiches: eggplant, green peppers, zucchini (unpictured), squash and onion (my only store bought veggie in the sandwich). Every vegetable was ripe and delicious. The sandwich included a mayo/yogurt basil mixture with some mozzarella cheese melted on one piece of bread. I served it with a broccoli salad (a winner side dish) and some grapes.
Too often (especially with my mom) I forget to say thank you enough but tonight I am thanking the wonderful, beautiful lady who nourished her garden with time, sweet, and love in order to grow such great produce! I also think she raised two great kids too!
Picture taken at Bride's Maid Luncheon (July 2007)