Thank God for Gardens

For the past few months now Dustin and I have committed ourselves to making healthier lifestyle changes. We very rarely eat junk food anymore, maybe once a week, we've come a long way! I remember the days we would curl up on the couch together and eat a whole thing of Oreo's while chugging chocolate milk, then nap for hours because we had zero ambition. Well, I'm not going to say we still don't over indulge, because we do -but healthier.  Dustin is a type one Diabetic, so naturally he tends to stray from sugar coated junk (but has his moments!)  For the past four years I've seen tremendous growth in his eating habits, and it makes me truly proud. This past weekend we decided to go Blueberry picking at his grandmothers house, and ended up staying for quite awhile to catch up. After hours spent with my second family, Blueberry picking, plucking Zucchini, Squash, Tomatoes and Cucumbers from Dustin's grandmothers Garden, it was time to set off home.... Except we didn't, it was late and we were starving. We had zero ambition to cook after being hunched over for hours in the hot sun. It was about 7:00 and were ravenous for food. We desperately craved a popular favorite, something we hadn't ate in awhile: greasy cheesy pizza. $10.99 later we drove onward with a large pizza topped with Bacon and Feta accompanied by a fat stack of napkins. We settled in on beat up picnic table by the lake, in awe of the sunset overhead. We spent the last few minutes of daylight feeding pizza crust to ducks curled up together for warmth. Our weekend was filled with nature, beautiful sunsets, and plenty of vegetables to go around. Since we had such an abundance of vegetables, we decided we needed to put them to good use and get our creative juices flowing. We tried Fried Green Tomatoes for the first time and it was out of this world delicious (I dipped mine in BBQ sauce - so yummy!) We also made  Zucchini, Squash and tomato casserole topped with cheese which was lovely. This morning I whipped up Parmesan encrusted Yellow Squash Chips (pictured above) it was everything I had hoped for: crunchy and cheesy, a complete delight. I don't think I've ever been so excited to receive so many vegetables in my life! It has forced us to clean, and try new recipes. We are truly thankful to live and breathe in the great state of Maine where nature is at our backdoor, and family is just a few miles away.