That August Aroma Wakes Up the Senses

| 8/13/2015 10:39:00 AM

Country MoonI love all the seasons, all the months, but August holds a special place in my heart. Everyone crams that last little bit of summer into a few weeks before fall, before school, before football. There’s that last trip to the cabin, those last evenings on the lake, and trying your luck one last time at the old fishing hole.

But the magical part for me is how August blends all the scents of the season into one glorious treat for the senses. You know what I am talking about. The marigolds in the flowerbeds, the tomatoes and other garden vegetables, the field corn, hay drying in the fields and even some weeds lend their scents to create the smell of August. I especially like the mornings when I take my coffee on the deck and the morning dew has enhanced that wonderful aroma.

I am happy that Mother Nature has given us this gift, even if it means that everything in the garden is ripe at once … again. Every year I try to outwit her by planting different vegetables at different times. Every year I fail, she wins.

summer's bounty 

You can only can and freeze so much; friends and relatives can only relieve you of so much. So, what to do with all the excess short of seeing it go to waste? Always remember there are shelters and certain food banks that are more than willing to help. There are also a few recipes that are new twists on old favorites that will use a little of this and a little of that:

1. Keep a freezer bag in the freezer to add extra zucchini, summer squash, onions, okra, peas, beans, broccoli, cabbage and a host of other veggies to as you accumulate them. When the wind is howling outside, these bags can easily be the basis for soups and stews.