We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Bowl

Sep 4th, 2012

Excuse me the title, but when Acadia showcased her Queen Monster Tomato my mind had yet to make the leap from Shark Week and bigger boats to farming and jumbo tomatoes.

And when I say we’re gonna need a bigger bowl…

I mean with all hands on deck and tomato juice flying and canning jars bubbling away and our floor running red with the carnage of so much flesh being torn limb from oops, sorry.  Darn shark week muddling my metaphors.

Argggh, who needs sharks?  I’ve got a couple of  scurvy lasses willing to flash their knives in the name of preserving food.

And while all hands were on deck for slicing dicing squeezing and chopping,

a funny thing happened to me.  In the midst of all this my pulse, racing with the pressure of back to school and outgrown sneakers and unfamiliar schedules and shark attacks, started to beat just a bit smoother.  And my brow, furrowed with the worries brought on by a new middle-schooler and a calendar to be updated with activities galore, relaxed back into my forehead.

So what does one do with an abundance of relaxed emotions and a couple of backyard apple trees that chose this year to produce hundreds of glamour-shot worthy beauties?

Easy.  One leaps deftly from canning tomatoes to grinding out applesauce.  And once again our workers sliced and diced and ground away

all in the name of putting up enough sustenance to keep us well throughout the harsh winter to come.  Oh the joy of walking past the crumbling destruction that is our flooded basement and into the storage closet that now houses this bounty –

(Note to the nay-sayers:  Yes, one can survive on tomatoes, applesauce and jam alone.  But just in case, say hello to our back-up plan:  Operation Vegetarian Katniss.

12 Comments on “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Bowl”


  1. Danielle said:

    Ohhh! Is she going to shoot us a Tofurkey for Thanksgiving this year? Pass me another jar of applesauce, please!!


  2. Moi said:

    So glad to see A Greener Biener again.


  3. cookie said:

    glad you are back


  4. Tori said:

    you made my day – so glad you’re writing again. So do you ship to Brooklyn? :)


  5. Grace said:

    The greener Biener is back!! And funnier that ever. Love you and your posts( and those girls of yours are pretty likable too!!) keep writing my sis in law and I will keep reading:)


  6. Lanie said:

    I so need your gardening help. Did I show you the picture of the 1 tiny carrot that we grew?? I am so impressed!! xoxo


  7. Leslie said:

    Welcome back! Your newest Greener Biener was a highlight in my ho-hum Tuesday:). Your canning projects look amazing!


  8. Meredith said:

    I swear one of these days I’m gonna make it to your house for a canning tutorial! And, great idea for the canned applesauce – our little apple tree has been similarly bountiful, and I’ve been making crisps and crumbles like there’s no tomorrow!


  9. Kristen said:

    So glad you are back…. wow, you have quite a crop!


  10. Prudence said:

    I might come shopping at your house from now on!


  11. the mama bird diaries said:

    Your girls look gorgeous!


  12. Lynda said:

    Welcome Back…. I missed you!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo of the archer in training.