Friday, June 3, 2011

This and That and a Springtime Recipe


On Memorial Day Joel took the older two boys and went on an all day fishing trip.  That left me and the younger two to fend for ourselves.  It was a super hot and muggy day.  We didn’t have any plans and so we held a picnic, in our yard.

It’s such a simple thing.  Yet my children love it.  They grabbed a blanket and found a shady spot.  We gathered together our lunch and I let them have a pop for a special treat.

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We talked and chatted.  We ate fruit with toothpicks.  We got sticky and flicked ants off the blanket.

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Even in all its simplicity my children couldn’t stop talking about how much fun they had.  I love how excited they get over a change as simple as a picnic lunch in our yard.

In other news I finally got three rows of corn planted.  My garden is slowly coming along. Joel set our oldest son to rotor tilling the garden for me.  It seemed so strange to me to see him out there doing something that Joel has always done before.  It hit me just how old he is and how much he has grown and how he is getting closer to being a man.  Jeez!  My heart was full of pride and just a bit of sorrow watching him being so grown up.


Now on to that recipe….

I love that with spring comes Asparagus!  I love it sautéed in a little bit of butter.  I love it in pasta salads. And I really love it in soup!

Creamy Asparagus Soup…. Oh MY!

asparagus soup

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

5-6 cups asparagus cut into 1/4” pieces

1 quart chicken broth

1 cup water

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

8 oz fat free cream cheese

4 Tablespoons sour cream

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dill weed or 1 Tablespoon fresh dill

nutmeg (optional)

Sauté onion, garlic and asparagus.  Add to Large pot, broth, water, garlic, asparagus, and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes or until asparagus is tender.  In a blender or food processor place cream cheese, sour cream, dill, salt and 2/3 of  the asparagus.  Cover and process until smooth.  Return to pan and reheat.  Sprinkle with nutmeg when served if desired.

(recipe originally from Taste of Home altered slightly by me.)


Even my daughter who dislikes asparagus LOVES this soup.  I actually puree the whole thing so that there aren’t any chunks.  If it helps her like the soup, then I’m all for it!

Oh and by the way the title for the Recipe is Creamy Asparagus Soup you can leave off the OH MY or include it, the choice is entirely yours! :)   Personally, I’m all for the OH MY….it’s that good!


  1. Your soup looks good! I thought I might make it, but my hubby cannot eat sour cream. :-(

    Love your header and photos! Hope you have a happy weekend.

  2. Oh YUMMY!!!! I *love* me some asparagus! Actually, I *love* me LOTS of asparagus!! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Yes, it is bittersweet to see our boys grow into men...I totally understand!

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. FringeGirl~

    I made this soup the other day without the sour cream and it tasted just as good. You could easily leave it out.

  4. Yum, that recipe looks so delish!

    I finally got my corn planted yesterday (in the rain). It's do or die now! I can't wait any longer. Going to plant pickling cukes and beans today.

    Glad you're getting in the garden! Great pics as always :)

  5. Watching our boys become men...bittersweet for sure!

    I love asparagus. I'll have to give this soup a try, looks yummy!

  6. we love this soup! Will make yours sounds wonderful :p o'my wonderful!

  7. Oh my...there really isn't anything better than fresh corn from the field! I'm jealous!!!

    Did you update your blog header? I love how pretty and bright it is!

  8. A swooney post;)

    I'm seriously going to make that soup.

    And I can't wait!

    I'm praying for your garden girl and hope that you had some time with dry weather to work things up this weekend:)


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