The problem is that warm weather is just a tease. Trees blossom, daffodils appear and then comes the wicked winter again. This year, I decided if my Spring Break outside wasn't going to last, I would at least make Spring come a little early inside the house and, more importantly, inside my soul.
|Before with "iced" branches and a snowman. After with my garden baskets and hydrangeas.|
|The frozen barnyard was put away and I am looking for a painting like this award winner from the State Fair. Lots of flowers AND wonderful characters!|
I visit Springtime, thanks to my trip to Monet's garden in Giverney in April years back. If you don't have your own pics, Google and visit, especially Butchart Gardens in Canada.
|It looks like Monet's painting because it is Monet's garden. One of the best trips I've had...Paris and Giverney in April!|
Notice I haven't led with food suggestions. When it comes to meals, this is the worst time of year for me. I am tired of winter stews. The farmers' market hasn't really started producing, still a few weeks to go. So I do what I refuse do the rest of the year. I buy "out of season," i.e. I get spring veggies from far away where the growing season is topsy turvy or there are no seasons, just growing season. I ignore the cost. I pretend it's already Easter. Asparagus, strawberries, new potatoes, and spinach salad appear on the table. I make deviled eggs. One meal and leftovers and I'm over the hump. I know I can survive til REAL Spring comes along.
|Note: if you find these teeny tiny Simply potatoes in your grocer, get them. They're divine.|