First Garden Harvest & 4th of July Ideas

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First Garden Harvest & 4th of July Ideas

First Garden Harvest

And just like that we are in the dogs days of summer in Asheville.

My dogs are fully embracing the season.

Reina is, of course, still obsessed with her tennis ball.


Rhett is on the look-out for shade so he can stay out of the heat.


Now when you live in the mountains, the dog daze of summer equates to highs near 90.  It’s a far cry from growing up in Florida, but there is no denying the arrival of the bounty of the season.



Doesn’t it seem like we were just talking about the first daffodils in spring?


While I was too busy going out of town my garden simply exploded.  It feels like I had iddy-bitty baby plants and then…. BAM!  My plants are spilling out of my new brick raised planter bed.


They’ve come a long way from the little seedlings I bought at the WNC Herb Festival in early May.




I finally took some time for the first harvest of the season.


If everything keeps going according to plan we are going to have more peppers, cucumbers and squash than we will know what to do with in a few weeks.   My tomatoes are in pots and are still pretty green.


Oh, Glorious summer! Fresh green beans and some sort of squash & peppers creation for dinner tonight.  It’s time to slow down and enjoy this beautiful time of year.

4th of July Ideas

And speaking of a beautiful time of year, 4th of July is upon us!  I love the food, fireworks and heat that come along with this holiday.

I actually have this 4th of July off from work.  Yay!  It is making me think about how absolutely amazing it is going to be to have all holidays off.  No matter what kind of positive spin you put on it, working Christmas and Thanksgiving stinks.

I hope you too will have some time to spend with your families this year.

If you are still looking for some last minute ideas for your cookout, check out some of my 4th of July friendly Running in a Skirt recipes!

Burgers with a Twist

Here are two different twists on burgers that your guests or family will remember for years!

Southwest Black Bean Burgers

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Shrimp Burgers with Mango & Avocado Salsa


Side Dishes

These side dishes are crockpot or grill friendly!  I find that when I have a lot of food going on the grill, making a side dish ahead of time in the crockpot can be a great space and time saver.

Smoky & Sweet  Vegetarian Crock Pot Baked Beans


Crock Pot Lemon Rosemary Red Potatoes


Cheesy & Easy Foil Packet Grilled Potatoes



For dessert, I’m passing along the “blog-love” to some fellow bloggers.  Here are some beautiful desserts I’ve found online that are perfect for the occasion.

These cupcakes are subtle with their decorations, but huge on the flavor.  Madison is also one of my favorite bloggers!

4th of July Sour Cream Cupcakes from Espresso and Cream

These trifles look easy and are so cute.

Individual Red White and Blue Trifles from Eat Drink Eat

These cookies are ideal to make and take to a potluck.

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cups from Simply Kierste

Happy 4th of July, dear readers!

Your turn!

What are your 4th of July plans?

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By | 2017-08-15T14:04:25-04:00 July 3rd, 2014|Fun, Gardening, Holidays / Decor|6 Comments


  1. Jaime July 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Your garden looks fantastic! I have tons of plants. Nothing much to pick yet. I think after our vacation next week, we’ll be arriving home to many cucumbers (they’re tiny right now.) And maybe my tomatoes will be red?

    • JulieWunder July 6, 2014 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Yeah, the veggies seem to burst in early July! Have an awesome vaca!

  2. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I just was weeding my yard the other day and noticed that my tomato plants have little tiny tomatoes on them! I can’t wait til I can pick them.

    • JulieWunder July 6, 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

      You must have a closet green thumb to get tomatoes without even trying!!!

  3. Kelley July 3, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Thanks for the mini fruit trifle shout out! I love all these festive ideas!

    • JulieWunder July 6, 2014 at 9:23 am - Reply

      No problem Kelley! Thanks for the great idea!

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