Sweetcakes here, back from a not-by choice long break of baking, blogging, and general enjoyment of summer. 

Yesterday, I found myself at the hands of a sale at Sur La Table, and treated myself to this apron. 

That, a zucchini from a friend's garden and some Scharffen Berger chocolate bits in my cupboard inspired me to this: 

There's zucchini, carrots, chocolate bits, walnuts, and a smidge of honey. I modified the recipe slightly to include the chocolate, varied the zucchini carrot ratio, since I had more zucchini than carrots. It's crunchy on the outside and moist inside, all in all a tasty cake that I would definitely make again to celebrate the harvest.
Recipe: Better Homes & Garden

And in a break from the baking lusciousness, here's an easy recipe that celebrates my first-ever garden loveliness:

Pear tomatoes above, and the yellow ones are very sweet.

Cucumbers, from a plant that just keeps on giving. Together, with feta, kalamata olives, and some balsamic vinaigrette, and voila, salad. 
 
Happy harvest.