It’s a Spring Thing! (plus a timely quote below my post)

The other day I posted two poems by my Zoom mates from Creative Writing on the end of winter and the beginning of spring. This week the prompt is on spring itself. Here is my poem for spring with my photos.

It’s a Spring Thing!

Mother Nature never fails
To be the wind behind our sails.

Think of yellow daffodils
Their sunny faces that give us thrills.

How ‘bout tulips’ many hues
To chase away the winter blues?

And azalea bushes in purple and pink
Cheering us up, no need to think.

Trees are starting to “bloom” in green,
Creating a canopy with a lovely scene.

Spring’s a welcome, lovely season.
Enjoy it now, whatever your reason!

I saw this pillow in a store a couple of years ago and couldn’t
resist capturing  it on my camera.

P.S. I receive quotes every day from “Loving Each Day.” This one is too timely not to post in full with source information:

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It is a time when we human beings, as individuals and as a group, are becoming aware that not only do we have a fervent yearning for peace,
we also have the capability of making it happen. We can put our loving energy into declaring peace instead of war.

-John-Roger, DSS

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Source: New Day Herald website

Loving Each Day is intended to uplift readers and give them pause to reflect on the Spirit within them.  It is a free service of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA).


Courage in the Kitchen: Spring into Action!

Spring signals change, so I purposely am posting this as my
“Spring Fling Thing.”

After 13 years of posting more than 350 recipes, I have started posting “Cooking by the Strings of Your Apron” recipes, because I believe that we all need the freedom to improvise more. What this means is that I may not have exact measurements and I may suggest substitute items.

What this also means is “courage in the kitchen,” that is, not being afraid to use an ingredient that is NOT in the recipe, either because you have the item handy or the one in my recipe is not on your “like” list and you need to swap it for something that is. (This is especially helpful for any food allergies.)

For example, I have previously posted “kitchari,” an Indian stew that I learned about from my first Ayurvedic health professional. It is basically made from yellow split mung beans and rice, with vegetables of your choosing. It’s a great dish for using whatever veggies you like. I usually add carrots for color and cauliflower for texture, but then I add whatever I have purchased that week in season– string beans, broccoli, dark greens, English peas, etc. And I often use barley or quinoa or wild rice instead of regular rice. Thus, each time I make, the dish is not exactly the same, but still tasty and not boring.

So, in the future, many of my recipes will give you different choices. Have the courage to make substitutions when you want to make the recipe, but not exactly as I have posted it, even with my additional choices. Use what YOU like. If you don’t like broccoli, try asparagus. If onions upset your stomach, try shallots which are milder. You are the cook; I just make suggestions.

I will use a picture of an apron for recipes that are in this category of “Cooking by the Strings of Your Apron.”


P.S. After I had already put this posting together, I was in a Pier 1 store and went in while my husband was next door at Best Buy. I spotted this pillow high up on the shelves with other pillows and thought it would make a nice photo for the first day of spring, which is today!

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