Chronicles 3-29 to 4-5-2021

Monday I worked and figured out how to put together instructions on making Easter eggs on my blog. I am not the best at technology so this was a bit of a challenge. . Somehow yesterday a couple times I ended up moving my blog to coming soon status. Duane and I both ended up doing something that launched the site again without being sure what we did. We both have our suspicions and will work on trying to figure this out so we don’t do it again.  I think this will get easier as I go. Somehow in the midst of this supper was made thanks to leftovers and the bean burgers I made ahead of time.

Sweet Potato Bean Burgers or Sausage

In a food processor process

2 cup baked sweet potatoes

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup nutritional yeast

½ cup rice

½ cup rolled oats

1teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon chipotle (more or less to your liking.

In a large mixing bowl combine processed ingredients with

1 cup corn drained

½ cup chopped onions

½ cup chopped bell peppers

5 cans or pints of black beans rinsed and drained.

1 ½ cups rolled oats

½ cup rice

Mix all the ingredients together until they are well combined. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper.  I use a half cup scoop to make burgers. I like the one I got from Gordon Foods that has the flippy thing to release the stuff in the scoop.

 Put level scoops on your parchment paper leaving space between to flatten your patties. I usually get 12 scoops to a cookie sheet. Patty them out by smashing to about ½ inch thick. Bake on 350 for 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool. I then cut the parchment paper across the spaces between the burgers and put them in zip lock bags or freezer containers and freeze. The parchment paper between the burgers helps to separate them when you take them out of the freezer.

For the sausage I leave out the spices above and put in 2 teaspoons parsley, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon sage, 1 teaspoon rosemary, 1 ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon fennel seed, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons minced garlic and ½ teaspoon onion powder.  I then use a one third cup scoop and patty out baking at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes, preparing them in the same way to put in the freezer. I like to take them out of the freezer and thaw them before cooking. I either cook them for 6 minutes in the air fryer on 375 or on the griddle on the stove for 3 minutes each side on medium heat.

Last year I was finally not too busy with a remodel project to get out and spray our fruit trees. I used a neem oil and pyrethrine spray. It seemed to help the apples have less worms and spots so I got out and got that done again this week. I made a big mistake though.

Just before Duane got home I mixed up some more spray and had pumped the sprayer up like I usually do before going out to spray. I sat the sprayer on the back porch to answer the door or something. Then totally forgot about the sprayer. Duane came home and we headed to town. We came home ate supper and then I got busy doing something else when I heard “Why is there water all over the back porch”. I walked out to find the pressure in the sprayer caused it to leak all over the bench, and floor. I wish I could say I said praise God and was so sweet to Duane while I cleaned it up but that was not the case. I can say however that my porch will be much cleaner when the solar guy comes to educate us on how to use our system if there is a power outage.

I guess this week is a week to clean, between the back porch and cleaning for our guest to come and explain the solar to us, I had our living spaces mostly clean and tidy, however there was a hidden problem that needed addressed too. A pickle relish jar had gotten turned on its side and all the juice leaked down through the refrigerator. On its trip to the bottom of the fridge it seemed like it found a way to get on every shelf and in most of the drawers. It was time for a thorough cleaning. Shelf by shelf, item by item I pulled everything out and washed it. In the process I found things that could be discarded, and things that could be combined or used up in that day’s meals. Eventually my refrigerator was clean and neat, having more space for the groceries to be bought for Easter dinner.  It felt wonderful to have it clean and organized again.

In my spiritual heart it has been a similar season of cleaning and getting my priorities in a different order. This pandemic was like the pickle juice spilled in my fridge. It made the need to clean my heart and mind up more evident. At first I just got busy on projects hoping things would soon be normal again ignoring my complacency and the fact that I had let busyness take me away from spending time seeking the Lord(Matthew 13:22). As the days ticked on and our world seemed to daily spiral out of control, it became apparent I needed to get back to that place where I put my relationship with Christ first and then attack my to do list.  During that period where politics were raging, black lives matter was raging, and we were all supposed to stay home or mask up, I decided to make the Lord my first priority and work on what he showed me to do. I had a dream. I was made aware that I was to fight to get away from the turmoil of this world, and my own sin issues and fight to get to my father in heaven. As I did these things my life began to come into a more peaceful order and my fears began to disappear. This does not mean that things were not crazy around us and even in our own household. Many times my fear was pushed beyond my faith. Each time through seeking the Lord or refusing to see the evidence in front of me as defeat I found His favorable answer. Step by step when I chose Him over the circumstances he proved faithful. One of the biggest fears I have tried to walk out of was fear in our finances. We still have the solar system financed and need to pay it and a vehicle off, but on Wednesday this week we paid off our mortgage.  Applying that money to our other debt we should be debt free in five years when Duane plans on retiring. This day came much quicker than I expected. In the process the Lord has cleaned out some big unbelief issues and made room for more of him working in my life. This very Good Friday as I think of all He went through so that I could walk in relationship with Him, the laying out of landscape border seems small in comparison to what he went through that Good Friday all those years ago. What appeared to be the end, void hearts seeing death, produced life eternal. I am thankful for the resurrection of closeness with Him in my heart this Easter Sunday. Hallelujah He is risen. As I look at the new life springing up all over the farm I have hopes of a fruitful year both in our gardens and in my heart. God is good and we are blessed here on the Wade Homestead.