Green Beans & Family Times

One of the delights of summer is home-grown vegetables. Carolyn is our valiant gardener now that Kathryn has a garden of her own. A tiny garden yields tiny vegetables, though, so thanks to our friends the Stovers, we got to pick several bags of green beans this year. It was our first time blanching green beans and we were surprised at how easy it was!

Step 1: Rinse the beans.

Step 2: Chop into serving-size pieces.

Step 3: Boil for 3 minutes. Optional: Use a custom-made-foil-pan-strainer stabbed with holes. It works great!

Step 4: “Plunge beans into ice water.” (Fannie Farmer is a poet as well as a cook.)

Step 5: Pat dry.

Step 6: Bag, label & freeze!

Step 7: Take remnants to the compost pile.


We wrapped up July with our annual Bennett Family Get Together at our uncle’s house (a month late but just as big and fun as ever!) – about 60 this year.

The next day we celebrated Dad & Mom’s 39th Anniversary with lunch at home and a fun couples game – questions are posed (“who is more likely to suggest going out for ice cream?”) and each couple has to hold up a colored paper for “husband” or “wife”. The couple who agrees the most wins.

And guess who won…

The newlyweds!

We thank God for these three couples!
39 years (Dad & Mom), 4 months (Joel & Kathryn), 1.5 years (Matthew & N’gella)

We paired up the rest of the siblings (Jonathan wasn’t home) and took a turn at the game. We know each other well…  and Elizabeth and Carolyn won.

We all agreed it was a fun game!

We are thankful for 39 years of marriage for our parents and for guiding us to love and serve the Lord.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:33