Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

Whoever said, “gardening is good for the soul” was totally right.  I had no idea I would actually enjoy it, but I do.  Last night I was telling Geoff that I don’t know what I’m going to do in the winter that will keep me so pleasantly and productively occupied. 


Look as these monster squash; that’s Emmiko’s hand you see about to saw into it. 

Ryann has been using the squash to make the best zucchini bread I’ve ever had, and today I made a chicken and brown rice squash casserole (served with a fresh spinach salad, which was harvested this morning by the Dipster).  And by the way, thanks for all the happy regards you sent; my son was giddy about getting so many messages



Speaking of the Dip, I liked how his daddy’s shirt matched his birthday cake


And isn’t that a fancy cake? It was made especially by Dip. We have had a tradition since all my kids were super little where every year they get to pick out their own cake and then make it with me.  Coie got magical re-lighting candles for him and it was pretty funny watching him hyperventilate.


And still speaking of the Dip, check out my big seven-year-old.  He spent literally hours mowing the lawn this morning.  He did a fine job, too.  He’s a hard worker just like his daddems




And lastly here is a picture of a lovely blackberry pie I made.  It was tres’ mundo magnific’.  Look how purpley the pie innards are, they’re practically fluorescent.  My kids found some wild blackberry bushes at the end of our driveway and I told them if they got four cups worth I’d bake ‘em a pie.  I think I actually like summertime now; I never used to before.

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  1. Ryann said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 11:27 am

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    Waha!!! I do beleive that I'm the first commenter!!!

    That is…if no one else just left a comment while I'm typing this one out 🙂

  2. jayfromcleveland said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 11:44 am

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    You gotta be careful to pick those squashes before they get too big, otherwise they can be bitter. The first year Deb grew green beans, they ended up as giant mutant praying mantis pods, which seemed fine until you bit into them — they were like wood. There's a fine art to learning when to pick fruit and veggies, ripe but not overripe.

    Oh my, the very handsome Geoff the Great looks very dapper in that shirt and tie!

  3. Kaitlin said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 12:06 pm


    I miss you guys!

    Thanks for letting me come though and I'm glad that Dippy had a good birthday.

    Edited by Kaitlin on Jun. 28, 2007 at 12:14 PM

  4. onfire said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    just had to ask

    I forgot to ask bestsister this morning at her house … do you pick off the flowers that start to grow on top of the spinach leaves, or let them be?

    we totally love stir-fried zukes with sliced tomatoes and gooey mozzarella cheese on top … having it tonight as a matter of fact

  5. quietcajun said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

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    I am not going to let Noah see this post b/c I have been putting off his requests to learn to mow our lawn (which is tiny compared to yours!)

    I have 3 "expert" landscapers and don't want to go back into training mode just yet! See how selfish I am?

    By the way, Noah will be 9 in August, so if he knew a boy his little sister's age is allowed to mow a HUGE lawn he'd be green with envy. For that matter, my almost 7 year old girl would be too!

  6. 2peter318 said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

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    Wow, what a homesteader. I just don't think I could get into gardening that much. I've tried out here, but its so hard. Very dry, very short growing season, and cold every night. But it's nice to see all that you grow. 🙂


  7. Anonymous said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 4:34 pm

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    man that mower is as big as HIM. He must be a strong little fellow (for as skinny he is!).

    um, your pie looked really yummy. I'm not going to show Charley that post because he'd get really hungry and beg me to make him "that pie your sister made.. if she can do it, you can…". brother. anyways, Geoff looked nice in that blue shirt. Charley has the same one. i think he's obsessed with it cause he wears it like 8 times a week.


  8. TC said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

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    Wow, that pie looks good!

    And I loved your entry below about your little sister, and what you learned about love. Think how many people would be won into the Kingdom if we all just worked on loving more and judging less!!

  9. Heather from Hawaii said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 7:58 pm

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    Wow! That pie looks yummy. I grew up on pies that my grandmother would make, but I haven't had a homemade one for years being that my hubby doesn't care for them unless the crust is an especially sugary one, almost like a cobbler or crumble type dessert and then he would only eat the crust. So, my pie making efforts are put on hold because then the kids and I would end up eating the whole thing in one sitting :o)

  10. drewsfamilytx said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 9:27 pm

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    Oh wow, I guess my Dash is a bit of a spoiled 7yo. We let him mow part of the lawn yesterday for the first time– with the riding mower!

    He even came up with the great idea to put bricks in the seat. If you get off the seat, the mower stops automatically… It's a bumpy yard and he had to scoot waaay up to reach the pedals. So the bricks really did the trick in keeping things moving. 🙂

    Hmmm… I wonder if I should make him his own little mower driver's license?…

    Mmmmm… I could really go for a piece of pie right now. A la mode, if you please!


  11. pianosteve said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 10:17 pm

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    I want some of that pie!!!

    That's all I have to say…

  12. Suzanne said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 11:08 pm

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    yummmmy! I want some blackberries, even if the bushes sometimes make you bleed. (Oh! You don't know about that?!) 😉

    Oh yes, I'd love some zucchini bread, too!

    And some of the fresh spinach salad… with a side of fresh sliced tomatoes, perhaps?

  13. Suzanne said,

    on June 28th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

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    Just glanced at what Marsha (drewsfamilytx) and Christina (quietcajun) wrote about their 7 and 9 yo boys respectively, and I'd have to agree… except than in my case, I have a 7 yo girl and no 9 yo boy. (Don't let my dh see this post… he'll have my 7 yo girl out there mowing… wowsers! What a little man that "Dipster" is!

  14. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on June 29th, 2007 at 8:16 am

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    Happy Belated Birthday to Dippy!!!

    7 is such a fun age – Tell him great job on the cake AND the lawn!

    Your pie looks SO yummy, too. I haven't made pie in a long time….too long!

    Thanks you for leaving me such kind comments on my blog while I've been 'recovering.' Your friendship and prayers mean a lot!


    Michelle W

  15. ShayC said,

    on June 29th, 2007 at 11:54 am

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    Yum, Yum, Yum…your post made me hungry!!!!

    I am *SO HAPPY* that you are enjoying your garden!!!! You were so bummed out for nothing 🙂 How are your carrots doing?

    Does Geoff get "fancied up" everyday for work?

    Dippy cutting grass…how about that!!!! He holds a very special place in my heart…actually all your kids do!

  16. jayfromcleveland said,

    on June 29th, 2007 at 4:09 pm

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    mrs. ig, you're always posting videos, check out our video of baby florence….

  17. JenIG said,

    on June 29th, 2007 at 4:32 pm

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    Mr. Ryan: oh my heavens to betsy!!! she is even cuter than when I was there. i miss that little sugarpook !!!!! we're gonna have to plan another visit soon.

  18. Keri said,

    on June 30th, 2007 at 10:10 pm

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    Great squash!

    The pie looks delicious!

  19. AnneofGreenGables said,

    on June 30th, 2007 at 11:36 pm


    I have always loved summer, but after reading your blog I wished I didn't live in the city in California. I love the gardening "idea" and zucchini bread is the best. This year I let my children make their own birthday cakes with me. They especially loved the decorating part.

    Have a great summer,


  20. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on June 30th, 2007 at 11:48 pm

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    A belated happy birthday to Dippy. Looks like you had a great time at Wonderworks. My little girls loved it.


  21. KarenW said,

    on July 1st, 2007 at 1:17 pm

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    There's always quilting for the winter! Happy Birthday to Dippy.

  22. Jason said,

    on July 2nd, 2007 at 11:13 am

    From Brother to Sister… Christ

    Jen, Thanks you for the last article in Crosswalk. Emotions have been something that I have battled with my whole life and I have made meny descisions bassed on them. I appreciate your honesty and forwardness about what the Word says and how we shoudl live our lives. Thanks you. By the way, your family is beautiful! I hope my wife and I will keep up with your bolggs and maybe we will all be able to see and share what God is doing in our life. Like we have to move and we need a house before August 1st. If you could say a quick prayer for us. Anyway, check out that is where I post stuff about me and my family and such. again thanks for your writings they have inspired me.

    Jason Morrison

  23. sockmonkey said,

    on July 2nd, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Speaking of zucchini…

    This morning we were reading a story about Brother Andrew smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. A mention was made of a little girl praying before eating her lunch at school, and being expelled by the Communists because of it. Horsegirl thought being expelled from school would be great (insert sigh of her teacher here). I told her that if I told her she COULDN'T learn, she would be desperate to do it. For instance, I said (in my great wisdom), "If I told you you couldn't have ice cream ever again, what would you want the most?" She quickly pointed out that this was a bad analogy. "School isn't like ice cream. It's more like zucchini," she informed me. "If you told me I couldn't have zucchini for the rest of my life, I'd be fine with that."

    File that under "the downside of logic education."

  24. Janne said,

    on July 6th, 2007 at 11:37 am

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    Wow! What a big boy!

    I don't know that I would trust my 7-year-old to mow the lawn.

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