My grandma Pearl told me once that for a $1.00 packet of seeds you can feed your family for a year, and she was right. Seeds cost a bit more now, but the concept is the same. There have only been a few years I have not had some kind of a vegetable garden as an adult. I love going out to the garden in the early summer mornings and work in my bare feet, listening to the bird's songs before the neighborhood wakes up and makes noise. There is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment from planting and growing your own food. Going out to the garden and making dinner from what is available to harvest. It makes me feel like Laura Ingals Wilder! Grandma Pearl started me down this path when I was a child. We have always been “scavengers” in a way, berry picking, clamming and fishing. We would go and pick wild blackberries with her in the summer when we would stay at her house in Ocean Shores. We all had our own berry picking buckets, mine was a coffee can with pink cartoon hippopotamus’s on it. Grandma had “her patches” that we would go to and pick from in a rotation. One of her “patches” was desecrated when someone bought the property it was on and had the gall to build a house on it. We went and picked in the backyard anyway. The woman who built the house came out and caught us once and grandma told us to keep picking while she went and spoke to the lady. I don’t recall picking there again afterward.
The first thing grandma Pearl taught me to can was a jam. My kids have never had store-bought jam, I’m pretty proud of that. I know I have over 1,000 canning jars, and so many of them were hers. Some are very old and some I’ve never seen anywhere else. I love getting all of my equipment out every year to get ready to start canning for the season because so much of it was hers. I’ve ventured way beyond what she taught me and I know she’s up in heaven amazed at how far I’ve come. I now make and can my own soups, all sorts of pickles, and even salsa.
August is the official “leave zucchini on your neighbor's porch month”. Once you plant zucchini or two you know they come on fast and you have to have multiple ways of using them up. This week's recipe is a summertime favorite at our house, it’s called a Veggie pancake. I could eat these every day and never get tired of them. I mixed the batter in this perfectly shaped True Blue mixing bowl regularly $114.99 and on sale for 20% off at $91.99. They are being served in this multi-functional True Blue quiche dish. It’s a little bit wider than most at 13X1.5, and the perfect piece to add a True Blue rice bowl for your dipping sauce. My mom & pop gifted me this stunning piece last year after they visited The Pottery Avenue Cottage. It is my favorite pattern, in my favorite piece of pottery! Regularly $114.99 and on sale for 20% off $91.99. True Blue rice bowl regularly $34.99 and on sale for 20% off $27.99. When wanting to purchase these amazing pieces or any others you see, you have to go to the Pottery Avenue by Pangaea website. Use the search button and type in True Blue and it will bring up all the pieces in this stunning pattern. Use discount code Twila or PAF for your 20% discount. Any questions, please send a message!

From my heart to yours, Smacznego!

Kim’s Vegetable Pancakes

  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 3 chopped spring onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Few pinches cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


Mix all ingredients together, the vegetables will create a little more liquid after they sit for a few minutes. In a large frying pan add a little bit of vegetable oil and heat to medium-high. Spoon in batter and cook until golden brown and turn. Reduce heat if turning brown to fast. The middle needs to cook through. I sprinkle with a little more salt as I’m cooking them. Serve with sour cream or your favorite aioli sauce.

Great side dish for any Bar-B-Q! I have even added leftover Bar-B-Q pork chopped fine into the batter to change it up!