So, over my garden .


I’m always so excited when spring comes. The air smells different, the trees start budding and the weather gets warmer.

My favorite thing about spring is planting my garden. I count down the days until the threat of the last frost! I even start some seeds in my garage to get a head start.

This year was no different. I planted everything and then played the waiting game. Tomatoes, peppers, hot peppers, zucchini, lettuce, and more tomatoes! It was a rainy summer.

My garden did great, but there weren’t as many tomatoes this year as last year. As summer progressed, the harvesting began. I made zucchini bread, zucchini soup and gave lots of zucchini away! I’d go outside and I swear there would be a zucchini as big as my arm, overnight!

I froze tomatoes for gravy and stewed tomatoes. I had lots of yummy salads. I made stuffed green peppers and froze some as well. The chives were delicious on baked potatoes and soup.

The problem was, it was starting to feel like a job. My counter was covered in vegetables. They were almost taunting me … clean me, cook me, freeze me! I even bought a stand-up freezer to accommodate all my goodies.

Now, on to the hot peppers. I love everything hot. I thought it would be a great idea to plant some hot peppers. I planted ghost peppers. Unbeknownst to me they are the hottest and according to the internet could cause death! I made sure that I wore gloves when I picked them. I dehydrated a bunch of them and then ground them up to make hot pepper flakes. I love the heat they give. A friend of mine is putting some in his beef jerky. I’ve used them in several recipes, and they were delicious.

Here’s my problem. I have more ghost peppers then people should be allowed to have! They didn’t turn red until several weeks ago. I’m giving them away, but with a warning and waiver. Only joking about the waiver! They are easy to dehydrate in a slow oven for several hours.

If you’d like some, please reach out to me. You can contact me at


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