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Spring Fever

 

Winter Winter Go Away!!

I am tired of winter!!!

I am tired of the cold.

I am tired of snow and rain.

I am mostly tired of gray and cloudy days.

I get grouchy when I don’t have enough sunshine. I know. I know!!! Some people would tell you they can’t tell the difference in me on days with sun or days without sun. I simply ignore those folks.

But I know I am not alone on this tired of winter thing. Many friends have told me the same thing. My Twitter friends are equally ready for spring too.

Maybe it will be a bad spring. But I refuse to think of that right now either.

So with spring a little more than a week away I have decided to create my own spring that I can go to whenever I want.

Where you ask? Where are you going to create this spring? Can I come too, you ask.

Well, right here, my friends. Right here at MTTD. And of course you can come. It would be absolutely no fun at all without you!! I am creating this spring for who ever wants to come along on this magic carpet ride to sunshine and warmth.

SPRING COUNTDOWN CLOCK

 

Countdown clock courtesy of  mycountdown.org

“It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ”

Mark Twain

Watch these spring flowers bloom right before your eyes as often as it takes to feel better.

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There now, isn’t that what you wanted to see? Doesn’t that make you feel better?

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. 

W. Earl Hall

When I lived in California I loved the Jacaranda tree. It is simply knock down dead gorgeous. While it bloomed several times each year, the first bloom in spring was the prettiest.

VVVVV

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You can’t see Canada across Lake Erie, but you know it’s there. It’s the same with spring. You have to have faith, especially in Cleveland. 

Paul Fleischman

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Nothing says spring in Columbus, Ohio like the redbud tree. When planted en masse they are stunningly beautiful. And if you happen to glimpse a couple of robins playing in their branches you forget all about winter.

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 Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”

Robin Williams in Woman’s Day Magazine, Apr. 1, 2007

One of my most treasured memories is flying into Washington D.C. in early April, many, many years before 9/11.  In honor of the cherry blossoms, planes were allowed to fly in air space they were usually banned from and make one circle around the tidal basin so passengers could see the cherry blossoms from above. Unbelievably gorgeous.

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Gee!! I feel better already.
Hope you do too.
Featured Recipe     
Italian Sausages with Roasted Peppers

I have been hungry for roasted red peppers for about two weeks. Normally when I get a strong hankering like that I figure my body is telling me I need what ever nutrient is in that food. And eventually I give in and eat some. This morning when I saw a grocery store had Italian sausages on sale for almost $2 off I knew what I was fixing for dinner.

I love roasted peppers, especially red peppers. They are so sweet. I can eat roasted red pepper strips on buttered bread and call it a meal.

You can also put everything on a bun for a wonderful sandwich.

I used every color of pepepr I could find today, red, green, yellow, and orange.  Shoot, if they had a purple pepepr I would have bought that one too!!!  First it looks prettier, and second, eating a colorful diet is one easy way to eat healthy.

This is what you need for 3 people:

3 Italian sausages, sweet or hot

5-6 peppers assorted colors

1 onion

2-3 cloves garlic

Tomatoes (these were left overs I needed to use up.)

You will also need:

2-4 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Any other seasoning you may want.

Here is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.

Wash the vegetables.

Heat a little oil in a skillet and start browning and cooking the sausages. It will take longer for the sausages to cook than the peppers to roast. So get them started early.

While the sausages are browning cut the peppers into halves or fourths……………..

……………….and then into slices.

Then cut the onion into slices, the garlic into slices, and, if using, the tomatoes in halves or fourths.

Check on and turn the sausages. Do this as often as you can so that the sausages brown as evenly as possible.

Pile all of the veggies on a foil lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, the salt and pepper, and any other seasoning you like. Using your fingers mix the oil into the veggies very well.

Place them in the preheated oven for 6-10 minutes…………

………………or until they begin to char or burn slightly.

Place the sausage on a plate, add the roasted pepeprs, and serve with a slice of buttered bread.

Bon Appetit!!!!

Cost

3 Italian sausages, sweet or hot     $2.10

5-6 peppers assorted colors           $4.99

1 onion                                        $0.69

2-3 cloves garlic                            $0.15

Tomatoes                                     $1.00                                      

2-4 tablespoons olive oil                 $0.96

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = 9.98
Cost per person = $3.30

Quote of the Day

No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.

Charles Dickens 

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3 comments to Spring Fever

  • Way to go Roberta! I feel spring-yier already! Here in Indiana the redbud trees and the dogwood trees are the next best thing to lilacs in spring. I can’t wait. Thanks for visiting Calamity Kate’s this week. Congratulations, I have featured you on this weeks Friendly Friday post. Please check it out at http://www.calamitykitchen.com/2011/03/friendly-friday-week-march-4th-to-11th.html

  • Oh, thank you for that little taste of Spring. It’s currently windy and pouring at my house, so it’s great to look forward to what’s ahead. And the recipe looks yummy, too!

  • Carol sternberg

    Thanks the “shot” of spring. The last bit of snow finally melted in my yard. I also put out my Easter/spring house decorations. I feel uplifted! Yummy on the peppers. I love ‘ em too.