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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

A Day for Firsts

Monday, July 15, 2013

I'm so upset about the situation with the house that I just really don't want to talk about it right now.  Maybe in a couple of days.

In the meantime, how about some positive news?  We got our first tomatoes!

The fat tomato in the upper right hand corner is our first Cherokee Purple that we pulled (and J. promptly ate it on a hamburger last night, so I'm glad I took the pic fast!).  The 3 red tomatoes in the middle of the picture from top to bottom are our first Roma, followed by our first 2 Early Girls.

Then a straggler strawberry sitting next to our first blackberry!

On Saturday, J. and I attended Tomato Fest at one of the local farmer's market and they didn't have many tomatoes.  Seems odd, doesn't it, being tomato fest and all?  But we did find a few.  One gentleman had some Cherokee Purple tomatoes that were terribly eaten up with cutworms.  Only the small one on the right side of the picture was decent, so we bought it thinking it would tide J. over until ours ripen.

In addition to the nice bunch of carrots, we also found some purple potatoes.  I've always wanted to try those since seeing them on a episode of Chopped.  If you roast them, they keep their purple color throughout.  When we make them, I'll post some pics.

Apparently I missed some garlic when I harvested last year, because it came up again as volunteer.  I went ahead and pulled them and dried them.  The bulbs are smaller, but I'll be able to use them this fall to start another crop.  A first - volunteer garlic!

And, finally, on Saturday, Christine and Dave from The Deadly Nightshade (our new neighbors!) threw a really fun soiree.  We spent a lot of time talking to a couple who moved from Colorado and bought a huge Victorian house about 3 streets over from us.  I love how you can meet new people and just instantly know you're going to be great friends.

Anyway, it was a potluck so J. and I tried another couple of firsts..... 

Cheesecake tarts topped with fresh raspberries

Mini apple and cherry pies made in a muffin tin.  So easy and cute!

How do they look?  They were scrumptious and must have been a big hit, since we came home with an empty plate.  If anyone wants the recipe or directions on how we made these, let me know and I'll post it.

By the way, I'm sharing this post with this week's Homestead Barn Hop. Go check out what other folks are up to!


  1. Those little pies are so adorable and tasty looking! I am really sorry about your house. :( But your garden goodies look great!

    1. Hi, Lana! Thanks for stopping by this morning. I was surprised that the pies turned out as well as they did. They were definitely scrumptious. And perfect for a party where you can just hold them in your hand and scarf them down.

  2. Well, I know that I want that recipe! Those were scrumptious - and I was bummed I didn't get to try the cheesecake ones. I was trying to be a good hostess and it was all I could do not to take the tray and run to a corner to gobble them up!

    Our first Cherokee tomato was consumed by escaped chickens (thanks a lot, neighbor kids). It looked rather tasty too.

    So glad you two came and helped make it a party. Andy and Blake really liked seeing you again. They are ecstatic to meet people in the neighborhood and feel like this is a place to belong.

    Hooray for all of my new friends!

    1. We had a GREAT time - I just wish we could have stayed longer, but I was exhausted after all that drama with the house. I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I'm just wondering if you guys got a little crazy with the Skinny drinks after I left. Yum! :-)

  3. I'd love the recipe for both. Those pies are too cute. If my garlic makes it to harvest time (squirrels keep digging them up) I want to try to make some garlic powder. We'll see.

    Sorry about the house troubles.

    1. Thanks, DFW - I appreciate that and glad to hear from you today. I hope you'll post about making garlic powder - that sounds really interesting. (I have no idea how you do that!)

  4. Your tomatoes look great! It's always so exciting when you get your first few tomatoes of the year. We just got ours over the weekend! There are so many tomatoes on the vines just waiting to ripen. I'm sure they will all get ripe and the same time and we'll be drowning in tomatoes haha. But that's fine with me :)

    1. It seems to be a much better summer than last, that's for sure. Like you said, I think we're going to be buried I tomatoes. But I am not crying, since we basically got nothing last year. Take care!


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