I was supposed to go to the lake to hike and paddle boat with a friend on Monday, however it was good that my friend canceled. Monday I picked and put up asparagus, got laundry done and baked another strawberry rhubarb crisp along with getting another coat of paint on my bench. I got over 5 1/4 lbs. of asparagus last week. Gave some to a nephew, put up my mom’s 12 bags for winter in the freezer and put a couple bags in the freezer for us.

I could not stand the temptation any longer and also washed up some of the wool in my huge bag on the back porch. It is amazing how wool can go from a dingy brown to a beautiful creamy white color. I just washed it in warm water several times until the water stayed clear. I did not want to use soap and strip the lanolin all off of the wool.

The picking the grass and other misc. stuff out of the wool it tedious but relaxing. Something about taking it from a tangled knotted mess to the light fluffy wool ready to card and spin relaxes me. I am afraid to buy carding paddles that the garden won’t get planted this year.

Tuesday morning I got up early and headed to my mother’s house for her birthday. We went to Lows and got blinds for her and tracked down a couple books she wanted. We had lunch and then when we got back I hung the blinds she got in her livingroom. We stopped at a couple garden centers. She found her spray nozzle she wanted and I found some impatience for my shade garden. It was a good day and over too soon. I got home late in the evening. My mom sent some fun things home with me and I gave her a new puzzle to work on. My granddaughter loved the pepper container and I will be glad for the Japanese beetle traps this summer.

Wednesday was my granddaughter’s birthday, my second anniversary, and we had an apt. with a lawyer to finish up paperwork on some land we were giving to family. My lawyer apt. was at 3:30 so I went out mushroom hunting that morning and was blessed with 10 nice yellows. We went to our apt. then Duane drove to Ft. Wayne to get supper at Cassa Grill. We brought it home so I could fix him his mushrooms and so we could just have a quiet evening at home.

Thursday I picked and put up more asparagus, did laundry, packed our bags, and got things around for a trip to see grandkids. We had another apt. in Ft. Wayne. These take about 3 hours out of my day that always seems too short without apts.. I was glad for an easy supper and early bedtime.

My recipe this week is Low Fat Vegan Tortilla Chips. These are great for a quick easy vegan meal. Pair them with refried beans like pictured above with some shredded lettuce and salsa and you got a meal. For a healthy snack just open a can of refried beans or salsa. They make good travel snacks too.

Low Fat Vegan Tortilla Chips

I get the 24 oz package of white corn tortillas that have under 2 grams of fat. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cut them in half and cut the halves in half until you have 8 wedges from the circle. This normally takes 4 cuts. I use a big knife and cut the whole stack at once. Lay them out on a cookie sheet and fill in as much empty space as possible. I have the little spray bottle in the middle that I got at Fresh Thyme Market. It puts out a fine mist when filled with water. Mist the top side of the wedges to make the salt stick. Sprinkle generously with salt. I like a fine grind and we have been enjoying some smoked salt on them lately. Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Then switch the cookie sheets from the top rack to the bottom rack and bottom to the top rack. Bake another 20 minutes. Flip the chips on one cookie sheet then add the chips from the other. Put in for another 10 minutes, then take them out and flip and bake at 5 minute intervals until they are the desired crispness. the times will vary depending on your oven and the amount of humidity in the air.

Friday, I was up early to bake brownies for the grandkids, made tortilla chips for an easy meal or snack, packed the cooler, and packed up the car to be ready when Duane got home at noon. By 1PM we were headed to Naperville to spend time with the grand kids. I found these t-shirts for the Heidi and the girls and they made the perfect mother’s day gift. We so enjoyed the time there with Heidi and the kids. Geepers look at those peepers LOL. our weekend was filled with laughter and lots of snuggles.

Sunday was a long ride home. Shortly after arriving, our nephew showed up with a bowl of mushrooms. Thank you Robert and Jr. they were delicious. We went out and found a couple more. The big one is pictured at the top of the page with a can of refried beans. It is my biggest one found so far. I am looking forward to a good nights sleep in my own bed tonight.

This week was so busy that most of the week my head was spinning as to what to do next. On one of our trips to town or home from town I looked up how to spin the wool when I get it all cleaned and carded. I saw a simple inexpensive drop spindle I will probably start out with to learn about spinning wool. With everything else on my plate right now I better wait to look into building one of these for at least a couple days.

I could not list all I am thankful for this week. There is way too much. The theme that has resounded through out my week weather frustrated at something not working out like I thought it should or when I was excited about finding 10 big yellow mushrooms. My abiding time is what got me through my busy week so filled with blessings and more blessings. God is good and I am blessed here on the Wade Homestead.