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Friday, March 21, 2014

HAPPY 1st DAY OF SPRING

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING
 
 
It may be just a bit early for swinging under the Hydrangea but these days are on the way!
Beautiful FREESIA,  This flower comer in may colors and is so fragrant.  FREESIA (IN THIS COLOR) is one of PANTONE'S colors for 2014.  This would be so fresh and vibrant for a Spring or Summer Wedding.

 
Coincidentally, the first day of Spring fell on the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS!
I think this is perfect timing. 
After the very long and cold winter we've endured, we are all happy today!
 
I am happy for Spring asparagus!
 
 
On a cookie sheet, fan your asparagus out on the baking sheet. Drizzle the asparagus with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and a little minced garlic (bottled is fine). Give your asparagus a little rub to incorporate all those delicious seasonings into the vegetable. Pop it in the oven and bake them for twelve minutes at 425 degrees. If you like, shave some Parmesan over the top.
OR
Blanche your beautiful asparagus very quickly, (about 2 minutes) in salted boiling water. Drain asparagus and quickly plunge into an ice bath.  Allow 3-5 minutes for asparagus to coll.  It will be a beautiful bright green. Take out of ice bath and dry with paper towels.
Eat as is or drizzle with olive oil, S& P, slice into 1" pieces and add to salad or you can serve as an appetizer with a lemon yogurt dressing or dip
 
LEMON YOGURT DRESSING
1 cup plain yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
pinch of lemon zest
salt & pepper to taste
mix, serve and DIP!
 
OH, and I am thrilled about gardening!  In most areas of the country it is still too early, BUT, we can dream and we can start planning! 
Greens can be planted now, if you can turn the soil in your garden.  If it's still too hard. plant in pots.  Cut the leaves when they are ready, leaving the roots, they  will bless you with MORE!
Try early Spring lettuces, spinach, arugula
 
P. Allen Smith has some Spring gardening tips & planting times for your area.
 

 
Enjoy a happy weekend!
So what makes you happy?
 

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