Dear Mr. Cucumber,
It seems we have a love-hate relationship. And I don't know what to do about it anymore! In the winter and early spring, I look forward to seeing you on sale in the grocery stores so you can be added to my meals. Oh how crisp and tasty you are added in a salad, or even alone sprinkled with the tiniest bit of salt! You make me long for the never-ending harvest we always seem to have each summer.
And then summer comes. Of course, we plant you in the ground and make sure your well fed and watered. We can't wait to see you bloom because we know it won't be long until you make your summer arrival. And then you arrive! Oh how happy we are to pick you and your "neighbors" in groups of 2 or 3..just enough for a side dish for our summertime meals..or to just snack on in the evenings for a nice healthy treat. But then, you seem to multiply over night, by the hundreds! Your "neighbors" are left and right, in groups of 5 or 6, and there are "babies" EVERYWHERE!! We think the Duggars must like you alot..since your family keeps growing at such a steady pace!
What begins as a loving relationship between you and I..very quickly this time of the year becomes more of nuisance. I just don't know what to do with you and your ever abundant family! I've pickled you and made you into a tasty addition to my hamburgers. I even made you into something last year most people had never heard of before (and thought I was crazy until they tasted you), which was cinnamon pickles! How clever..I'll use your abundance to my advantage. Ahh..I even won a blue ribbon at the county fair because of you!! Sweet revenge? Maybe so, but it was tasty and fun at the least.
But now, my dear cucumber, I feel I am all pickled out. I don't know what to do with you this year. We tried to limit your family and neighbors this year to 6 (plants)..but you've overrun us once again. I am almost at defeat level, but I am holding onto a sliver of hope!!
Will you, my dear readers, help me out?? This country girl needs some cucumber recipes!! I sure would appreciate it yall..because Mr. Cucumber and his neighborhood seem to be set out to overrun us once again this year!
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