Wednesday, July 18, 2012

California Dreamin' & Veggie Nightmares

 Our family has been dreaming of a California vacation for about eight months now.  Eight months because it was in December that we learned of my brother Stu's engagement to his girlfriend, Rachel. Stu and Rachel both live in southern California, their wedding is on Saturday, and we could not be happier for this godly couple who've been a testimony to so many in their courtship, especially my own kids.  But if the vegetables have their say, I won't be going anywhere.

The hardest part about having a farm share is DEALING with all those weekly veggies once you get them home!  I knew today would bring lots of time in a steamy hot kitchen {it's in the 90's here today, and there's no air-conditioning in that room of the house}, and a big mess to deal with all on the same day I need to be packing for our week-long venture to Cali!  {We leave at 6am tomorrow morning, and guess who's the only person not packed?}
Yesterday, I made it out to the farm, in the midst of LOTS of other post-youth-camp-pre-California-trip-errands, during pick-up hours and pick-ing hours. There were baskets of kale, arugula, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, green onions and other things in the barn for filling your bags.  Out in the field, I picked  bags full of basil, cilantro, and green beans.  It was hot and I was drenched by the time I was finished.  {My little farm helpers aren't quite so little anymore and know exactly that a trip to the farm entails, so they usually find a way to dodge going along with me.} All I could do once I got home was throw some green onions into the chicken salad I was making for dinner, and store the remaining veggies until today ~ the day before departure.
Well, it took almost all day, and the kitchen was like a sauna from the all of the blanching, but the arugula, kale, and basil became pesto. {Frozen into cubes for future use.}
The tomatoes and cilantro became salsa.
And the green beans got blanched, cooled off, and stored in the deep freeze, which seemed like a comfortable place for ME to be stored as well.  It was HOT!
The carrots will wait for our return, and I guess we'll be having whatever protein I can find in the freezer and sauteed yellow squash for dinner, because I don't think it freezes very well, and I don't have time to be creative! 

After dinner I'll be making some gluten free raspberry, oatmeal, and white chocolate bars for breakfast and traveling snacks, and hopefully getting my suitcase packed before midnight.  {And no veggie nightmares, either, but beach dreams instead ~ hopefully.} 4am is going to arrive very quickly.  Less than 12 hours now ~ yikes!
So worth it, though, to be with family and friends to celebrate Uncle Stu's and the soon-to-be Aunt Rachel's special day!  Prayers for a peaceful heart, efficient packing, and safe travel appreciated.  Prayers also for  a wedding ceremony that blesses this special couple and gives glory to the God Who drew them together, as well as a lifetime of deepening friendship and joy in their marriage.

"Marriage is to be held in honor among all..."
Hebrews 13:4

"This mystery is great, but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church."
Ephesians 5:32


Rogene Robbins said...

UGH! Just thinking of everything you did in one day makes me tired. Enjoy the trip -- you deserve it.

Romy said...

Have a GREAT time in California, Krums!

Anonymous said...

Melanie...Travel safely and rejoice in this beautiful celebration. We are praying for you. Love, K&J

Rachel said...

YUM!!! Have a great time!!! It is definitely not hot on the coast! :)

Betsy said...

Praying you have a safe and wonderful trip!

Neena said...

I thought the very fist picture was of you and Robert soaking up the Cali sun. Enjoy your time with your family.

Melanie said...

Thanks, everyone! It has been a WONDERFUL weekend!

plant. eat. create. said...

I can empathize so much with this post! The hot kitchen, the not wanting to deal with the overwhelming amount of veggies from the farm share, the last minute packing...I'll admit, sometimes I end up throwing veggies away because life gets away from me. We're human, right?