Cream of Asparagus Soup

For the last couple of years whenever I go to the Farmer’s Market I check to see if there is a new issue of Edible: Blue Ridge. Edible is a FREE award winning magazine that celebrates local foods. A new issue comes out every season. While the one that I get is for the Blue Ridge area in Virginia they have locations for all over, you can find your area here. You can also view the magazine online which I love doing so I can check out what’s going on food wise in other areas!

Every time I get one I sit down and read it cover to cover. I mark the pages of the recipes I want to try and I get so excited about all the delicious foods that are in season. Up until recently however, I never actually got around to making one of their recipes which I’m realizing now is *such* a mistake because the one I finally did make, Cream of Asparagus Soup was absolutely amazing.

cream of asparagus soup

Not only was it delicious but it was easy to make.

let's get started

Wash your asparagus and trim off the tough ends. If you would like a garnish, cut off the tips of a few of the stalks and blanch them. Here’s how: Bring a pot a pot of water to boil throw the garnish pieces of asparagus into the pot once it’s boiling. Let cook for 2-3 minutes and then pull the tips out and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set the asparagus tips aside.

Chop your sweet onion and garlic cloves.

Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and the chopped garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the onions and garlic are translucent. Add the remaining asparagus to the pot and let cook for 5 minutes.

add aspargus

Then add the 4 cups of stock, cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the asparagus are tender.

add stock

Once the asparagus is tender puree with a hand immersion blender or a standard blender (I used my Blendtec). If using the Blendtec make sure not to fill above the fill line otherwise you will end up burned! I used the “pulse” button until the soup was completely smooth.

nice and smooth

If using a blender, transfer the soup back to the pot. Add the 1/2 cup of heavy cream and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Stir. Serve immediately with sour cream and Parmesan cheese to taste and the asparagus tips as garnish.

Cream of Asparagus Soup (delicious)

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Ingredients

2lbs Asparagus
4 Tbsp butter
1 white sweet onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Sour Cream (optional)
Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Rinse your asparagus and trim off the tough ends. Cut off the tops of a few stalks to reserve as garnish. Bring a pot of water to boil throw the garnish pieces of asparagus into the pot once it boils, let cook for 2-3 minutes and then pull the tips out and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  2. Chop your sweet onion and garlic cloves.
  3. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and the chopped garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the onions and garlic are translucent.
  4. Add the remaining asparagus to the pot and let cook for 5 minutes. Then add the 4 cups of stock, cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the asparagus are tender.
  5. Once the asparagus are tender puree with a hand immersion blender or a standard blender (I used my blendtec).
  6. If using a blender, transfer the soup back to the pot. Add the 1/2 cup of heavy cream and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Stir.
  7. Serve immediately with sour cream and Parmesan cheese to taste and the asparagus tips as garnish.
  8. Enjoy!
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Growing Up Fast & Independence: WPD 5

*Weekly Photo Dump was getting too long so now I’ve shortened it to WPD moving forward :)

Last week was a slow week, you know how I could tell? My pictures! I only had three “usable” pictures of the kids. I think a lot of it had to do with me starting the 5 Day Nutritive Cleanse. It made me not want to go anywhere because it wasn’t easy to follow the plan and go somewhere–at least it wasn’t for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I still went places (like the park the day I started), Target, Karate and Food Lion but the weekend was a little bit of a bust. It was fairly rainy and we hunkered down.

Even so I still got these adorable pictures of Kyla

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Kyla 4-22 b

This little girl is BEYOND independent at this point. I’m fairly certain in those two top photos she was telling me “No”. She wants to unbuckle herself from the car seat and tells me “NO MAMA” when I try to help. She gets out of the car all by herself and even closes the door. She *refuses* to hold my hand when we cross the street (I don’t let her get away with that one).

She’s growing up so fast. As I prepare for Mason to be done with preschool and for him to start Kindergarten it’s never been more apparent. When we were at Target late in the week out first stop was the bathroom. As Mason reached up and grabbed a paper towel I took a photo of him.

4-24 reaching

It may seem weird at first, but hear me out. While this photo doesn’t quite showcase it because he was already on the way down of pulling the power towel knob but he had too just a tiny, get on his tippy toes.

I was acutely aware of how fast he was growing. That this very well could be the last time that he needed to get up on his tippy toes. That next time he may be just tall enough. Which would mean of course, that he was growing, growing much quicker than I really wanted him too.

Sometimes, it’s the little moments.

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Sweet Dreams DIY Linen Spray

Mason isn’t a very good sleeper, he never has been. He wakes up in the middle of the night every night and has for years. A lot of times he wakes up because he’s had a bad dream. I felt so badly for him, he would wake up screaming and it seemed like nothing was getting him to stop.

Soon after I started getting Young Living oils I came across and oil called Dream Catcher.

dream catcher

I knew right away that I wanted to try it. It seemed like the perfect oil for Mason at this stage in his life! As soon as I could I ordered a bottle. The We use it as part of Mason’s bedtime routine he gets a drop on the back of his neck. He even requests it. I noticed a positive change right away. He was waking up but he wasn’t waking up screaming.

diy linen spray

I loved it so much I wanted to figure out a way to make it last a little longer and have everyone enjoy it. I combined it with two sleep inducing oils to create a special Sweet Dreams DIY Linen Spray perfect for spraying on your pillows and bed sheets right before bed time! The additional oils are Lavender and Cedarwood.

Why Lavender?

Lavender has so many different uses which is why they call it the “Swiss Army Knife of Essential Oils”. The reason it’s in this linen spray is because it’s known to help relax you and help you wind down after a long day.

Why Cedarwood?

Cedarwood also has a lot of great uses in this blend we’re using it for sleeping purposes. When you smell cedarwood it can induce th release of serotonin which is then converted to melatonin in the brain. Melatonin can make you sleepy and allow you to have a deeper rest.

Sweet Dreams Linen Spray

Sweet Dreams Linen Spray

Ingredients

4oz Spray Bottle
15 drops Young Living Dream Catcher Essential Oil
7 drops Lavender
7 drops cedarwood
1oz Witch Hazel
3oz Water

Directions

  1. In a 4oz spray bottle combine your essential oils, witch hazel and water.
  2. Shake before use spraying on pillows and bedsheets just before bed.
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Don’t know a enough about Essential Oils? We need to change that! They have been SO beneficial to my family. From helping us fight a staph infection to bug spray to helping our skin heal after a sunburn they can pretty much do it all, naturally!

You can learn more about Essential oils and how you can get Dream Catcher here.

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In the Kitchen

cream of asparagus soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

For the last couple of years whenever I go to the Farmer's Market I check to see if there is a new issue of Edible: Blue Ridge. Edible is a FREE award winning magazine that celebrates local foods. A new issue comes out every season. While the one that I get is for the Blue Ridge area in Virginia ... read more