Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tomato pRIDE


I feel like the guest that pulls out a stack of grandchildren


or photos of her latest trip-

all while my dear hostess


grits her teeth.

Please bear with me.

This is a down right miracle.


I have red, juicy tomatoes that taste as good as they look.

I am so proud and humbled by it all.

I also became entranced with how pretty they look against my

old blue and white dish towel.

This is my favorite blue.


Simple things like this make my heart sing.


And then there’s the basket that I bought

(in a set of 3)

at the flea market for all of my harvesting.

Be still my farmer’s daughter heart.

And so the next step in this process is the perfect menu.

Beans and Cornbread, slathered in butter

Chilled sliced tomatoes , sprinkled with a little salt


Iced tea.

How soon can you get here?




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Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

I am running out the door now. Do not eat without me please!! I just did a post this morning on fresh veggies that we are already getting, but no tomatoes yet.

Rebecca Nelson said...

I'm on my way! Can I bring the Mister, too???


cherry said...

I'm almost there don't eat without me ..
They are perfect! I'm still weeks away from having that first tomato sandwich..
hugs from Savannah enjoy, Cherry

Karen said...

Mouth-watering! Awesome, Laura!!
Ladybug Creek

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The benefit of a warmer zone.
I just put out my tomato starts.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! Tomatoes already! Save a seat for me. :-D

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Tomatoes! One of my most favorite foods! Beautiful photos. I just put two plants in the ground this past weekend and I am going to start some heirloom seeds this week. They make me happy too!

NanaDiana said...

Whew! I was holding my breath until I saw that you didn't spray paint those little suckers white! I can only imagine fresh tomatoes here at this time of year! We are about 2 months away! I can almost smell that tomato-y goodness through the screen! Hugs- Diana

Loui♥ said...

Yoohooo Laura!
That's me at the door..
brought two things..
homemade pepper sauce..
(that vinegary kind)
for sharing..
and a hearty appetite..
all my own!!
what mouthwatering pics..
and we've another forecast of :
wet, cold rain/snow mix!!
nothing planted outdoors yet..
warmest hugs..

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, I'll take everything except the tomatoes. Can you believe that? I've never eaten tomatoes but I eat salsa. I know, really weird, but I do not like the seeds or the texture. But, I do think your tomato pictures are gorgeous! Have a happy week!

Marlee said...

Ooohhh...you had me at tomatoes! I am looking forward to my first BLT of the season.

Blondie's Journal said...

These look wonderful, Laura. We can't even plant tomatoes until June 1. Your dinner sounds delicious, I'd love to come!


LV said...

To me, nothing better than a big fresh tomatoe right off the vine.

Babs said...

Oh my goodness! Ripe tomatoes already? Mine are still green.. but I'm on my way over. Beans, cornbread, home grown da-maters and iced tea.. it doesn't get any better.

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Nothing can compare to tomatoes fresh from the garden....my mouth is watering Laura!

Rita said...

I can get there real fast with that kind of menu. That sounds like my kind of eating. I am not a fancy cook. I love just plain old homecooked meals and this sounds just wonderful! What time do you want us there? I'm on my way. There is absolutely nothing better than a fresh tomato straight out of the garden!!!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Fresh veggies already? Sheesh...lucky you! It's still too cold to plant here in Utah! ~Stacy~

Dixie said...

I'm on my way! Our garden is slow this year... because we were slow this year! I can't wait to get to harvesting time too!!

Deb said...

keys in my hand..grabbing my flip flops...hope you don't mind my yard clothes...beautiful tomatoes....I'm green with envy

Marguerite said...

Omg, your tomatoes are gorgeous! Would love to come over for that dinner. Sounds wonderful! Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day!

June said...

I'll be on the next flight Laura!!! How long can I stay???
I can't believe you have ripe tomatoes already. I can't even set out my starts till June 1st here. WHINE!
Your photos are amazing Laura!
hugs from here...

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

Oh that is definitely my meal...I'll be right there. My favorite dish towels are the same color blue, and the more worn they are the better I like them!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your tomatoes look wonderful Laura. I love me some garden tomatoes! Martina

Linda said...

Enjoying your wonderful photos!!!
Happy to have found you to follow.... :)

Olive said...

I am proud for you!

D.B. said...

Gee whiz...........all I"ve been able to harvest and eat from my TN garden is lettuce. Everything else, including the tomatoes look promising. I'll be there mid October.

Low Tide High Style said...

Checking flights now...yum!

Kat :)

Patty Marker said...

Save me a seat, I'll be right over. They are so big and red and beautiful. Your dad must be very proud.

no spring chicken said...

You have ever reason to boast. Gorgeous tomatoes, AND the ability to photograph them so beautifully!

Wish you'd invite me to dinner...

Blessings, Debbie

oldgreymare said...

I have not had a tomato that tastes like a tomato in years. I am so jealous!
My family always grew them and we salted them and ate them like apples... sigh...


Debbie said...

That looks mouth watering! I love a tomato sandwich. I'll skip the tea and have some lemonade with mine.

Cindy said...

Your beautiful tomatoes look so delicious!!! Plus you are having my very favorite dinner!
I am glad you stopped by my blog! I LOVE your blog and look forward to reading more! (I have to go find a yummy tomato now for a bacon and tomato sandwich for breakfast!)

Debbie's Garden said...

You have tomatoes? REALLY?! I'm looking out the window at my plants I just put out and they're about 10" tall. pityful.

trash talk said...

Don't you hear me scratching at your backdoor? Get out the cracked pepper. I've got my fork in hand awaitin' my taste of sunshine!

Theresa said...

I'm on my way:) My tomatoes are tiny but they will be big and red soon! Have a blessed day, thanks for sharing your beauties! HUGS!

Sue said...

I'm so jealous! We are quite a while from fresh tomatoes around here. The strawberries however are almost ready!

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Oh wouldn't a sloppy tomato sandwich loaded with mayo and lots of salt be soooo good? What I wouldn't do for one right now. Cannot wait, but I guess I will. We still have a while before our tomatoes will be ready. Yum is all I can say. To answer your question, hubby uses a tractor. He has two. As big as our gardens are, it would kill him to use a tiller. Guess I can overnight you some squash to fry, if you'd like :)

Brenda Pruitt said...

I'm sure I'm too late now! I hope you ate enough for me too.

Renée Finberg said...

this sounds totally yummy.

have a great weekend

Nancy's Notes said...

I'm out the door, you are my kind of cook! Flat out, my kind of meal Laura! Yum!


Diane at My Cottage Garden said...

Such beautiful photos!


Your babies are beautiful. What time is dinner? I have only one tomato bush this year since I was late getting started. I bought one of those grape tomato plants. I can't wait until it starts producing because there is NOTHING like fresh, vine ripened tomatoes.


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I love love love t'maters

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