I am over my cold and it was a push to get to the wonderful weekend with Mr. Wade at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio. We left Friday morning. Stopped and dropped tomato plants off to my mom and then made the long trip to Hocking Hills. I napped in the truck on the way. We sat up our camper. Once we were set up we figured out we did not get a sight with water and electric. We were a bit challenged but did not let it compromise our weekend. We filled our water tanks and Duane hooked the solar panel up to run the lights and water pump. We did not have enough power to heat the water for our shower but there was the camp shower and we did have running water. With a bag of ice in our fridge to keep food cool we were fine. That is until supper when we discovered we did not take the bean burgers I planned on taking for meals. A trip to town for supplies set us up for the weekend.

Saturday we were up and hiking early. I am so glad I convinced Mr. Wade to drive to the separate sights and walk to falls and caves. We went back to camp at noon, had lunch and a nap then were off and hiking again. At the end of the day I had in 21,500 steps. Between naps on the way there and home I told Duane I felt like a professional napper now. Our trip was too short but it was invigorating and restful. I loved the evenings by the fire. Walmart had a low fat vegan hotdog and they paired well with asparagus cooked over an open flame. Water was our drink of choice and we enjoyed our desert of watermelon while supper was cooking along with some vegan brownies I made before leaving home. Despite forgetting things it ended up being a wonderful get away before we get into the busy summer here on the farm.

Monday and Tuesday in the upper garden I put in 2 50 ft. rows of carrots and 2 rows of beets along with newspaper and mulch. It takes longer now but is well worth it when it comes to weeding later to lay the paper and mulch as you go. These are next to my first planting of peas. The newer pea seeds are up but the older seeds didn’t sprout. I figured as much sense they didn’t grow well in the green house either. I will put in the seed I still have and see how they do. If they do not come up I can pick up more seeds in town next time I go in. Wednesday and Thursday I started filling my little raised beds with soil and planting them too. We have 7 raised beds in. So far I have planted broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage along with spinach, lettuce and bokchoy a smaller version of bokchoy. I also put in my little bity tomato and pepper plants along with trail of tears beans on the arch. Hopefully we will get the last 4 raised beds in for mellons and corn this week and I can get the one filled for my green beans tomorrow.

My mind always races during this time of year, with new things to try and old things that have proven themselves. I decided I want to move my herbs. they are producing way more than we use and I would like to have them in raised beds. I dug up just enough to put starts in large pots I can pull out and split the herbs periodically. If they take off well I will have herbs to share with friends later this summer as I remove the old plants.

Next week I need to start weeding the onions and asparagus, then I can call a little gal I promised some of my volunteer asparagus plants to. I will also need to thin the kohlrabi. I think garden season is in full swing now. I am hoping and praying I have made things enough easier that I can also work on finishing up the landscaping around the house.

The strawberries appear to be loaded with blooms and small green berries, there are small cherries on the trees and I am amazed at the peaches and plums this year. I am hoping to figure out some ways to protect the fruit this year and have a good harvest from our little trees.

Low Fat Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup

This week I harvested around 8 lbs. of Asparagus. Which lead to coming up with this recipe.

  • 2 bundles of Asparagus or 1 can and 1 bundle asparagus
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped fine
  • 1 qt. unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1pt. or can white beans of any type
  • 1 cup already cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • white or black pepper to taste.

In a 3 quart sauce pan put around a half inch of water in the bottom. Chop one bundle of asparagus into 1/4 inch pieces and add this and garlic to your pan. Simmer until they are tender. You could also use canned asparagus and just simmer the garlic in it’s juice until tender. While they are simmering steam another bunch of asparagus cut into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces. When the garlic and asparagus in the first pan are tender add a quart of unsweetened non dairy milk, pint or can of white beans, 1 cup cooked brown rice, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon thyme and a couple shakes of pepper. Blend with an emersion blender and simmer stirring constantly for 5 minutes to blend flavors. Add steamed asparagus and serve. If you don’t have garlic you could add garlic powder to taste. This made a hardy soup and with a serving of fruit made for a quick couple meals out of our abundant asparagus.

Duane was my hero this week. He brought me cement blocks and helped me set up raised beds, he also helped me wheel several of the wheelbarrow loads up the hill when he was home from work. Together we got more than I thought possible done this week in the garden. I am also very thankful for our neighbor who shares their horse poop with us. I attribute them for the beautiful vegetables I am able to grow.

There were a couple things that the Lord spoke to my heart this week. One had to do with holding on to life even when it feels like the ground is slipping out from under you. He has a plan. The other broke my heart. As we were trapesing out the last steps of the last trail we hiked I quieted my heart and began speaking more than just a thank you for the beauty to the Lord. When I did he spoke to my heart about how a young lady very obviously on some substance that affected her reality stopped and talked to me. Instead of me asking the Lord what he would say to her, I stood there in judgement and answered her questions looking for a way to get out of the conversation. As I walked out those last steps the Lord let me know he had a word for her if I would just have asked and listened to what he was saying. My heart was broken for her and I pray someone else is able to speak the words she needs to hear to heal her broken heart. A hard lesson learned. Tonight as we step back into our lives at home I am thankful for my husband and our wonderful little mini vacation in Ohio. God is good and we are blessed here on the Wade Homestead.