APRIL 2019: Flowers, Showers, Sprouts, Earth Day, Poetry…..

April is still chilly here, but this tree in spring in Florida makes me feel “Springy!” Photos of this unnamed tree were sent by my friend Coll who is down there for a few weeks. If you know the name of the tree, please email me: menupause.info@gmail.com.

April is National Poetry Month and I plan to post poetry every few days. I have two books by a local poet, Doris Ferleger, to start. I learned about her from a tai chi friend, Leah, who is her cousin.


Within National Poetry Month is National Library Week, so reviewing these two books (and maybe one more) covers both celebrations.


April is also the celebration of Earth Day, so I will be posting Earth Day, Every Day tidbits all month-long, as well as posting the names organizations that are working to help keep our planet healthy.


Concerning recipes, I am now focusing on Cooking by the Strings of Your Apron, that is, recipes with a great deal of flexibility that may not have specific amounts. I am using this apron logo to identify these recipes. Also, there will be an emphasis on organically grown foods.

I also want to do a posting on sprouts, as I do at least once each year. But this time I want to focus on sprouted beans, legumes, and grains. For example, I have found sprouted red rice in Mom’s Organic Foods. I also have a book called that has very interesting info on sprouted grains that people concerned about carbs will find helpful.

Both Easter and Passover come at the same time. Good Friday and the first night of Passover are actually on the same day! I hope to post some recipes that are particularly indicative of Spring.


Thanks again to my friend Coll for her photos of blooming trees in Florida, an early sign of what to expect in the Northeast this month…flowers and trees and bushes that add a sweet scent to the air.


P.S. Sorry for the delay. I had planned this for April 1st, but forgot to schedule it, so it is a little late. I was back in State College Sun & Monday (April 1st) and this was our April Fool’s cold & snowy wake-up:

(I took this through the motel window, so there is a shadow over the hood.
It was freezing outside!)

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