Fried Green Tomatoes

We had the best summer here in Cody Wyoming, and it had a lot to do with the FABULOUS co-workers/neighbors we spent the summer with. Our co-worker’s, Bob and Becky Yockey, arrived here at Buffalo Bill North Fork campgrounds shortly after we did, and from the moment we met them we knew we were in for a fun-filled summer! Bob and Becky are so laid back and easy-going, and just a delight to be around. They have the same work/camp ethics as Bill and I, and while we all know we have to get our assigned jobs completed during our working hours…, we all worked the hardest at just making our workday fun! After all, we are all retired, and only work/camping to help us get around the country with the least amount of expense to us!!

Bob was an engineer for Ford Motor Company before he retired, and Becky sold insurance. Like Bill and I, they came from a work world of meetings to plan meetings… workplace drama etc., and are now just relaxed and ready to enjoy life as it comes. We would hold our own “mock” meetings between the four of us in the mornings and they were the best “work” meeting’s I ever attended. I’ve never laughed so hard in all my working years as I did this summer working with Bob and Becky.

One of the things Bob and Becky did shortly after they arrived at our campsite, was plant a tomato garden at the entrance to the condemned house that sits on the property where are motorhomes were parked. They worked hard all one morning clearing out the weeds and getting the space ready to plant their beautiful tomato plants. They even planted some pretty flowers that are supposed to keep bugs and other unwanted creatures away. They also enclosed the space with chicken wire to keep the rabbits out…

Unfortunately, Bob and Becky never got to enjoy the fruits of their labor. No, they left this past Friday to get to their next destination leaving behind their beautiful tomato plants that are just overflowing with green tomatoes… Before they left Bob and Becky told us to help ourselves to the tomatoes… Just look how pretty and healthy their tomato plants are…



Now anyone that knows me, knows I can’t grow anything, and I can in fact kill even the hardiest of plants… But I love fresh, homegrown veggies. And since Bill and I are pulling out to head back to Arizona this coming Saturday… I thought it would be such a shame to let all those beautiful tomatoes go to waste…So I decided I would pick some and make a batch of fried green tomatoes. These are the big plump green tomatoes I plucked from Bob and Becky’s tomato plant.


I never made fried green tomatoes before so I Googled how to make them and came across the original recipe for fried green tomatoes from the woman who ran the cafe and made them in the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” I followed the recipe exactly (something I rarely do) and they turned out perfect, and I don’t eat fried food very often but these tasted delicious.


I served them up with meatloaf and roasted carrots, potatoes, and onions. Big shout out and THANK-YOU to Bob and Becky for all their hard work planting the tomato garden and allowing us to “help ourselves”. Wish you were here to enjoy them with us. We miss you, but we know we will see you in Arizona, and maybe we can do fried green tomatoes there… 🙂


Another neighbor and co-worker, Sam the lawman, also planted a tomato plant. His is a cherry tomato plant and it is overflowing with little cherry tomatoes. Sam said anyone that wants some of his tomatoes can help themselves too. So I picked a few of them, and WOW, are they ever good. Little, but very sweet and you just can’t beat that home-grown taste. Thanks Sam for sharing your hard work and crop of tomatoes with us too. 🙂


Now for a little update: Bill continues to get our rig ready to pull out Saturday. He has all the bay areas under the coach all cleaned out and reorganized. Now he moved on to washing the entire outside of the rig because a clean rig gets better gas mileage… He even washed the dolly that pulls our SUV behind our rig. What a huge job it has been for him. He said he is really glad this only happens twice a year!!


We received our new work assignments for the 2016-2017 winter season at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. We are assigned to work the entry Fee Booth and Nature Center, mostly the entry Fee Booth, and we were told “to start out” we will work 40 hours combined between the two of us, and we will work Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s. We knew we would have to work weekends for now because we are new to this park and the newbies have to work their way up the ladder to get weekends off… But, it’s all good… 20 hours per week per person in exchange for full hook-up, and free propane isn’t so bad… As long as we are work/camping we are not paying park fees, or diesel fuel, so we can save all that money for having fun on our day’s off, and having fun is what it’s all about now for us… 🙂 🙂

Stay Tuned!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allthoughtswork
    Aug 30, 2016 @ 01:02:55

    Sounds like good times. Send about ten pounds of those fried green tomatoes straight to my door.


  2. gotham girl
    Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:03:57

    Bob and Becky sound like wonderful people and perhaps I’ll get to meet them this winter! I know it would have been hard to walk away from those plants after all that nurturing!! Good for you for trying that recipe…it’s a southern thing as you know… Love the image of Bro on top of the rig!! Counting and Counting!!


    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:43:40

      OMG GG you would so love Bob and Becky. I hope you do get to meet them. We are actually going to try and get to the big RV and sporting show in Quartzsite this year. It has RV’s and everything you could ever want for them… Bob and Becky work the show every year. Last year our co-hosts from Canada attended and they said it is a must see!! Counting, counting, counting too… xoxo


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