Monday, July 18, 2011


We used to have a garden. Our five children were small and we must have had a lot more energy. We planted outrageous amounts of seeds and plants. One year I think I planted two flats of tomato plants. Around the first of July it would just get too hot to hoe and the weeds would start to overtake the plants. It was like hide and go seek to find the cucumbers and beans and zucchini in the midst of all the green, yellow and brown leaves. But the red tomatoes just glowed! I could never convince the kids to let me wash them before eating them straight from the garden. I think they thought I would take them away from them!

This year I found a potted tomato plant on clearance in early June. I brought it home and placed by our front door (so that we would not forget to water it when we left for work each morning). We have now been rewarded with four small tomatoes and I decided to make a special treat with dinner last night.

Here are the tiny tomatoes waiting to see what happens next:
I began to slice them to start layering:
Do you like the sunlight on the counter? This was around 3:30 on a SUNNY Sunday afternoon. I am normally at work at this time. If I ever decide to become a "Lady of Leisure", I will have to invest in some blinds.

I started adding some slices of fresh mozzarella.
And it can only get better with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Gosh, this picture looks so good, I am ready to grab a fork!

Then, taking advantage of the sunlight - I let them rest on the counter and absorb some rays.
Meanwhile - I began to dice the remaining tomato pieces.
Then put them in a small canning jar:
I am copying from an idea from Susan Branch on her new blog at Unfortunately I did not have as many tomatoes as she had, nor all the fresh ingredients. Oh well, improvise!
 A generous sprinkle of dried herbs and a heaping teaspoon of garlic.
 Cover with Olive Oil.
And give it a little stir. Cover and let steep on the sunny window sill until dinner.
I swear I can hear the flavors from that jar calling out to me!  Below is a picture of a similar salad from last year on a pretty green glass plate I got in a box lot at an auction. 
Plan for the weekend: Find a Farmers Market!


  1. Miss Merry those look yummy. I have missed you. We had a Buckeye Blogger get together on Saturday. Maybe you can join us the next time.

  2. Miss M,
    I keep thinking you need to retire and then you can grow a few more tomatoes! Everything looks
    so delish...........I can almost taste it.
    My tomatoes are still green and in all this heat!
    Glad to see you back to your blog.

  3. Oh, I love this! Wish I had some! Nothing like a fresh tomato, is there??
    Thanks for your visit. I think I must check out more of your blog now!

  4. Yum! I love fresh tomatoes. Are plants are just about to give hot in South TX, but we had loads of them in our warm spring weather. I'll be sad when they go. The idea with the oil and herbs is a new one for me and I can't wait to try with the few tomatoes we have left. Thanks for sharing and for dropping by my page.

  5. This is a fabulous use for tomatoes! Beautiful pictures too! Now I am so hungry for a garden tomato.

  6. Oh yummy!! Nothing tastes any better than home grown tomatoes. I bet you are glad you picked up that pot of tomatoes. Stay cool.

  7. That looks so good!! I love Susan! I wonder if I'll ever get tomatoes this summer....sigh...
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog... those tomatoes do look good!!!

  9. Oh wow. Now i'm hungry and I just had breakfast. There is nothing like fresh home-grown tomatoes. Nothing. Yours look fabulous. I do understand the front door issue.. my front door plants get watered every day! xo marlis

  10. Yay! It's so nice to see a post from you! That tomato mozzarella combo is one of my ultimate favorites and you have my mouth watering right now.

  11. Miss Merry
    First I would like to thank you for the lovely comments on my sweet.
    Secondly, can you say delicious? That looks so yummy, tomatoes are one of my favorite summer perks (as long as they are homegrown) and yours are lovely.

  12. Miss Mary thank you for visiting and your sweet comment .. You have shared a fabulous treat with us .... Your photos have me wishing for some tomatoes..xo HHL


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