Strawberry Rhubarb recipe, landscaping, mushrooms, asparagus and more.

The bottom left picture is of my first wedding to Duane. Duane’s mom was in hospice care and wanted to sing for our wedding. We had our formal wedding planned for the 5th of May however she was concerned she would not be able to do that. We called a friend and got married in her room on April 27th. She sang “Love You Truly”, ate some cake, took a drink of punch, went to sleep and woke up with Jesus on May 1st. Wish I would have had more time to get to know her. From what I have been told and have seen in my husband, she was one amazing woman. These lilacs are from a bush her daughter Linda planted for her because his mom loved lilacs.

This week has been so full. I had several landscaping projects I wanted to get done. Top on the list was to unload the 70 pavers I got for $50 on an online garage sale. We now have a path to the chicken coop. I was also moving these two big pieces of wood around and decided to make a mushroomish chair to take a break on. I then began laying pavers. I used a garden hose to mark out the winding path I wanted to the coop. It took 48 pavers to lay the walkway to the coup and I used the stone misplaced by the pavers to fill in some of the area that was bare plastic. I am waiting until I have the garage flower bed ready before getting the last load of river rock to finish the back yard. I used 6 mill plastic under the stone except around the trees. Here I laid several layers of ground cloth so the moisture could get to the roots of the trees. This should keep the weeds down in the river rock.

Our swing that we like to set on in the shade blew over and bent one of the metal bars that held the swing. I removed the bars, bought new chain to replace them and replaced the bolts with eye bolts to hook the chain to. It turned out pretty good. I over did it a bit on Monday so when Duane got home he helped me put the pavers in front of the swing so the legs would not put holes in the plastic.

On Tuesday, a bit sore from the lifting on Monday I had an easier day planned. I was planning on getting the oil changed in my car then getting together with friends. My friend Rachel was back from Florida and we hadn’t seen each other since we both helped do Akey’s chores last summer. Covid put a damper on social activities.

Instead of an early start and the morning spent with friends, I woke to a message from my husband asking for pictures of the double wide leaving our property. We had sold it in January and it was finally leaving the farm. There were lots of family memories in that home for him and I had always thought it would be our home some day. For us to be able to put solar in and be ready for retirement we needed to sell it and pay off the farm. It leaving was a relief in not having to deal with renting and upkeep, however it was also sad seeing memories and dreams going with it.

On Wednesday I was back to work. It was a this and that day. I started moving blocks for the walk way in the asparagus. There were several that would not work for this so I put together a couple raised beds and did some weeding, dug the spinach that wintered over and put in the two smaller raised beds and by the time Duane got home I was again at the point where I needed to stop and take a day of rest. Before I finished I was looking at how good the sheep wool was working at keeping the weeds at bay below the cherry trees. I said a little prayer that God would help me find more wool to fill the space around the trees between the raised beds I have planned for this area.

It was a rainy Thursday and I woke up early and could not go back to sleep. I remembered a headboard and foot board I found in the atic of the chicken coop. The bigger portion of the lower legs on this were square and would work perfect for my wood storage bench I want to make and put by the fire pit. I cut the foot board in half and then went to work putting it together. This was one of those projects where you just start with what you have and look through junk lumber to find what works. Here is a couple pictures of it before I painted it. I wish I would have kept track of what I did so I could give step by step instructions, but did not think of this until I had it built. I will be painting it hunter green to match the roof of the house. The lid is hinged at the back of the bench and will lift to fill it with sticks from the yard, and some bigger wood. This should make it easier to make a quick fire in the evenings. I will try to remember to take pictures when it is done.

Friday I made a strawberry rhubarb crisp and fixed Bon Chey for supper. I slept and rested my body the rest of the day. I was really sore from the weeks activities. Below is the strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe.

2 cups rhubarb2 Tablespoons almond butter
3 cups strawberries3 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons maple syrup3/4 cups rolled oats
50 drops liquid stevia1/2 cup oat flour
1Tablespoon arrow root or corn starch1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Line a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper. Mix filling in the pan. bake at 350 for 25 minutes. While baking mix almond butter, syrup and salt. Then add oats and oat flour and mix together until you have a crumbly topping. After 25 minutes take the filling out of the oven and crumble the topping over the top. Return to the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before serving. We like it with the silk soy non dairy yogurt.

Today I got up early and headed to the Wolf Lake swap meet. I walked the whole market to not find anything I wanted. That is until I got to the very last row of the swap. There was a man with lambs for sale and several feed sacks filled with wool. When I got to his booth he was explaining that he was hoping to find someone he could give it to instead of throwing it away. I got 6-50 lb. feed sacks filled with wool. I put one back to play with later and the rest will go in that space under the cherry trees. God is good.

I came home and Duane and I hunted for morels and then I just hunted them while he worked on the tractor. We had our first big mess of mushrooms since I have lived on the farm. Tonight’s meal was a bean burger, fresh asparagus from the garden and sautéed mushrooms. We had strawberry rhubarb crisp for desert.

This week the Lord has been reminding me how close we can be. At times it was as if he was behind me with his arms around me as I worked or walked through the woods. More precious than anything else I experienced this week was this awareness of Him close walking me through my days. For this and so much more I am thankful. My thank you God list is too large to list on this page this week. God is good and we are blessed here on the Wade Homestead.