That’s me! It certainly was true this week-end. We went to my husband’s, stepfather’s family reunion yesterday. We made a promise that we would try to remain close with this family after my husband’s mom passed away. They are some of the nicest people I have ever met and we didn’t want to lose contact with them as the years pass by.
I only know about half of them but even when I walk up to someone I don’t know well, they treat me like family. Amazing, wonderful people!
The event was up north in the country at a family members home. After we had said our greetings and visited for a while, my husband and I decided to take a short walk down the dirt road to see the area. We didn’t get far. Two houses down I spotted a man about my husband’s age tending his front yard vegetable garden. It was quite a fair size, with huge plants, everything looked so healthy and full.
Being me, I walked over to tell him what a lovely garden he had. 40 minutes later we were still there talking with him! He is taking a course in horticulture and gave us a bunch of handy tips. Like using crushed aspirin and water on your plants to promote plant growth, the importance of using molasses (which we do), and that iron is the most over-looked thing in many people’s garden.
By looking at his success I would have to admit this guy knows his stuff. I just wish I had brought my camera on our walk! His cherry tomatoes were so packed full they looked like bunches of grapes! Everything was loaded! This guy was so interesting and helpful, we ended up giving him our address (he wants to come see our green house), he invited us back because he has a friend who would gladly give us hen droppings. That man (the hen poo guy) lives off-grid and he wants us to meet him, he said his gardens are amazing!
We thought we had better get back to the reunion, so back we go, two large zucchini in hand. You should have seen the looks on everyone’s face when we came back with them. LOL!
You will notice there are two types of zucchini in that photo. We had started out with two green zucchini but we stopped off at my middle sisters on the way home. She had grown what she thought was regular zucchini this year and ended up getting these massive light green ones that grow in all sorts of curls and bends. She wanted to trade my green one for one of hers.
When I say massive, I don’t use the term lightly. Here I am with it:
This was not the largest one! I looked it up when we got home and think it is called Trombocino.
From what I read it is like a cross of zucchini and butternut squash. The good thing is when cooked, it stays firmer than a zucchini. Can’t wait to try it! The other one will be grated for zucchini bread. Mmmm…yummy!
After cutting the one from my sisters’ garden I realized it couldn’t be a Trombocino. The seeds from that would have been only at the base. I think the next best guess would be a Cucuzzia Squash.
I just threw it in the oven using this recipe. Kind of like scalloped potatoes minus the potato.