This is the time of the year when people are planting gardens. Lovely fresh vegetables will be sprouting up everywhere!! Being a country girl, I love fresh vegetables and any other type of fresh food!!

Frankly, I love food!! I like to plant it, see it grow, harvest and eat it. It’s so much fun for me, to get my hands dirty, digging up the ground to plant seeds. These things are embedded in my soul!! My grandmother, had a lot to do with this particular part of me. She always had flowers, and a garden when we were younger.

We would help her water the flowers in the evenings, just before the sun set, and we would go help her gather vegetables from the garden. Where I grew up, we didn’t have much, but we had an area for a big garden. It was sort of a community garden, we planted, and we all took something out.

My granny, Aunt Katie, Nana, (they were sisters), and the other ladies would can (in jars), the vegetables, when they were in season and ripe. They would can almost anything, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, peas, onions, they would make something called “soup mixture”, which consisted of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and sometimes corn. When they wanted to make beef stew, they would get a jar of this, and pour it into the pot.

We also had access to fresh meats like, pork, beef, chicken, lamb and goat. Sometimes we even had wild game like, raccoon, squirrel, and rabbit. I know some of you are going…Ewww, but you must remember, I’m from the country, those things were normal to us. Back then we didn’t have to worry with pesticides and hormone laden meats, like we do today. Wild meat was safe to eat and plentiful.

They would even make jellies, jams, preserves, out of fresh fruits, that we had growing in our yards. We had plum, apple, cherry and peach trees. Granny would even make mint jelly, from the actual mint she had growing in her “mint garden”. So many good memories around food.

Today, we lead such busy lives, it’s almost impossible to eat dinner, or any other meal for that part, together as a family. We always ate together as a family when we were younger, but times change, sometimes not always for the better. I really do miss those family times together.

Food is a very important part of daily life. We need food to survive, to maintain a healthy body and mind. We all are a product of what we eat. I believe the old adage, “you are what you eat.” If you don’t eat what you’re supposed to, your body will begin to show it, and it will rebel!! Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and a host of other disorders, can come from unhealthy eating.

I’m one of those people, I have to watch what I eat, I have high blood pressure issues. I have learned over the years how to control it, without being on medication. Healthier food choices, reading labels, not eating a lot of junk food, and getting some exercise. It really does help. I’m not here to slam anyone on what they eat, that’s entirely up to you.

Like I said, “I love food!!”, but I know what the wrong foods will do to me. There’s also another food we need to have daily, the food that feeds our Spirit, the Word!! This kind of food will feed you in a way edible food cannot. It feeds your mind, heart and soul. You can’t buy this food at a fast food place, it only is served through reading the Word daily. This Word is as sweet as honey from the honey comb!! Nothing is better than that!

All this talk about food has made me hungry!! Anyone for a juicy cheeseburger and maybe a piece of key lime pie (my favorite!!)

Join me at the table, I’ll be waiting.

Blessings Always,


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2 Comments on Food

Jessica said : Guest Report May 26, 2017 at 6:58 AM

Mary! I love this! I had many of these same experiences growing up though it was just me and my parents. We had huge gardens in the mountain valleys in Alaska. We grew enough vegetables to last all year until the next summer. I even canned mint jelly from our mint just like your granny! We didn't have fruit trees that produced much but we had berries so we canned jam and jelly from them. Wild cranberries, currents, our own strawberries, wild raspberries, serviceberries. It was wonderful. We canned salmon from the famous Copper River salmon run that is the fare of fancy restaurants now. Then it was just subsistance fishing! We smoked some first and then canned it. That was the most tasty way to make it. We harvested alder wood miles away up in a mountain creek and peeled it and let it cure. That peeled, cured alder was the best wood for smoking the fish. One of my many jobs (since I was the only child!) was to walk down to the creek and turn the solar panels every few hours to keep water pumping up to the house. This water system Dad invented meant we did not have to haul water in buckets in the summer or use a gas pump. I also did hundreds of hours of watering and weeding, tilling, planting and harvesting. We were on a lake so my entertainment was swans and ducks, terns and gulls, beavers, otters, muskrats, eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and songbirds. Sometimes we would have grebes and loons too. It was a beautiful life and I miss it so much. I think of Dad every spring when it is time to plant. He started all the seeds in the spring. In the fall we would take the best berries, herbs and vegatables to the State Fair. That was several hundred miles away but Dad wanted me to have that experience so he didn't mind traveling so far. To get there we had to first go by four wheeler, then airplane, then car. Every trip to town was a big deal. I love your story Mary! It sounds nice sharing all that with your relatives. Jessica

Jeannie Landers said : Guest Report May 20, 2017 at 3:50 PM

I love your post today. Missing so many family members who have been called home and your post reminded me of some very happy times I shared with my precious family. Thanks so much for sharing your Heartfelt Thoughts. I'm blessed by each one of them.

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