Rainy days

I can’t count the number of times we have had a beautiful sunny week, then end up with a rainy weekend.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually love rain, but it’s not conducive to working in the garden, especially if it’s a hard rain.  This morning, we could see that it was going to be overcast, and unsure of what the day would be, we got out there early and planted about 150 purple asparagus starts.  David did the hard work of digging the trenches; I spaced the starts out in the trenches, and covered them with the dirt.  It was perfect weather for this kind of work, and we got it done fairly quickly.  This was good because then it started to rain harder and even got a little chilly.  I didn’t get a chance to take a picture because of the rain.  The news forecast expects snow on Mauna Kea tonight!


Yesterday, I picked some lemons and made a really simple lemon pie.  See the recipe below.  I forgot to take a picture before we dug in and started eating it, it was so pretty, that I took a picture anyway.


Make a simple graham cracker crust and bake in the oven for 8 minutes.  I used 1 1/2 packs of the crackers and a stick of butter.  The filling is:

3 cups sweetened condensed milk, 3 egg yolks, and 2/3 cup of lemon juice (next time I’m going to use limes to make it a little tarter).  Mix that all together, pour into the baked crust and bake another 10 minutes.  Let it cool on the counter and refrigerate before eating.  You can top it with whipped cream and lemon slices, but both David and I aren’t huge fans of whipped cream, so I left that off.

It was super easy to make and set really nicely.  I will definitely make it again just because it was so easy.


Author: Belle Chai

Farm girl wannabe, enjoying life on the Big Island. We have a small five acre farm along the Hamakua coast. While we have a few crops we grow to sell, we are trying to create a self sustaining lifestyle on our little piece of paradise. I set up this blog initially to help me keep track of different things we grow and how well they're doing, but recently decided to go public with it. I enjoy reading other hobby farm sites, and thought sharing our story a little might inspire others as they have inspired me.

2 thoughts on “Rainy days”

    1. I love that pie dish. I got it at a garage sale and it has a really old antique look to it. We have grown a number of varieties of asparagus including a purple variety. It looks just like regular asparagus except it’s purple in color. When you cook it however it turns green. It’s really flavorful and grows really well so we decided to plant a bunch more this weekend.

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