Summertime and the livin’ is easy! Or so the song goes. It certainly feels like summer now, with fireflies glowing in the evening and crickets and grasshoppers tormenting by daylight. The mosquitoes came out in droves last night, making it nearly impossible to work in the garden or put up a new goat paddock.
After the holiday, it was several days of celebrating our wedding anniversary. Wednesday night, the actual day of our marriage, we stayed home, put Nathan to bed, did chores, and then had a dessert of fresh berries and biscuits. I climbed up the ladder to retrieve the huge black mulberries out of the tree, while Dan stood and reached with his long arms. Nathan wore only a diaper since the berry juice stains and runs everywhere. He ran around collecting berries and then tired of that, wandered around digging dirt or chasing chickens. I commented to Dan about what a good life he has.
Friday we went to Thunder in the Valley, a big tractor and truck pull in Rock Valley, IA. Most of our “celebrating” revolved around food. We are food people. So I packed up Nathan’s overnight diaper bag to go to Grandpa and Grandma’s, whipped up some homemade Strawberry Lemonade and set out an appetizer platter of summer sausage, cheese and crackers for us to snack on while we got ready to go to the tractor pull. I threw together a picnic supper of Grilled Chicken and Honey Mustard salads with fresh muskmelon for dessert. The tractor pull lasted almost 5 hours, and ended with a great fireworks display. The lady at the ticket booth told me I was “a good woman” for coming to this with my husband. I slept the whole way home.
It wasn’t too hard to sleep in, since we were kid-free on Saturday morning. We had a simple breakfast of greek yogurt, fresh peaches and strawberries, before we washed all our romaine and packed up 8 lbs. of sugar snap peas to drop off at the Natural Foods Coop in Sioux Falls. But not before a stop at The Bean in Luverne for a cinnamon swirl bagel with brown sugar cream cheese. Yum! See! We are all about the food!
I had called ahead to Jordan, one of the owners at a new restaurant in Sioux Falls called The Bread and Circus Sandwich Shop on Main St. to meet and discuss the possibility of a business relationship. I had offered to sell my romaine, but he already had a local vendor. Over a Vietnamese-inspired fried chicken sandwich and Naughty fries smothered in chili pork verde, pickled jalapenos, radish and cilantro, and washed down with a glass bottle of Dr. Pepper made with real cane sugar, we agreed to sell him some goat meat for his fall menu.
Nathan had the time of his life riding the four wheeler with Grandpa and swimming in the kiddie pool with Grandma while we ran errands until our reservations at Minerva’s at 6:45. During a brief break shopping we took a picture eating Italian Gelato to send to Nathan so he wouldn’t forget us!
Downtown was hopping with people on this warm Saturday night and we somehow managed to find a parking spot within a block of the restaurant. Dan had the salmon, while I had the stuffed pork tenderloin. The lighting was romantic and the service was great. It was still light, so we headed next door and found patio seating outside my favorite French dessert shop, called C.H.Patisserie. They are known for great coffee, macaroons and decadent desserts. I picked the fruit shortbread and Dan had a Raspberry and Passion fruit Eclair. We had to at least try the macaroon cookies, so I picked out a Salted Caramel one, and Dan chose the S’mores. I confess I convinced Dan to get us seconds because it all just slid down into my belly so quickly and deliciously.
Sunday we met my parents in Marshall to see my Uncle and Aunt visiting from Texas before an improvised visit to my midwife who lives there. She and her husband had been sleeping. The night before she’d attended a birth and just gotten home that late morning. She was groggy answering the door, but thrilled to see us and graciously hosted us for the afternoon and evening. We listened to the baby’s heartbeat after a lovely dinner of grilled pork chops, sweet potatoes and grilled veggies. Nathan stayed awake the whole ride home and finally went to bed at 9:30pm, two hours past his usual bedtime. It was a great weekend!
Monday was back to work, starting with harvesting our first broccoli, green beans and raspberries. Nathan ushered the hen and chicks around, after Dan released them from the barn that morning. The cat brought a ground squirrel to the kittens for a feast and they slept in a food coma for most of the afternoon. I weeded the flower and herb garden and watched amused as Nathan waved his hands talking to the chickens and herding them around. He is a natural shepherd.
How did you spend your weekend?
And that’s the news this anniversary week on the farm!