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Watching Grass Grow

 

At 7:02 a.m. EDT yesterday, as it has for millennia, the Spring Equinox occurred in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Mother Nature is not cooperating here as the temperature today will only be a few degrees above freezing. 

Yet it is officially spring and I look forward to warmer temperatures, colorful spring flowers blooming, and being outside more.  

Can the hum of lawn mowers be far behind? It is almost time for that annual ritual of mowing the grass.

Below is a unique, interesting, and captivating  way at looking at grass and nature.

This conversation between God and St Francis, played in part for humor, is also certainly food for thought. What do you think?

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GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistles, and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought, and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honeybees, and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

ST. FRANCIS: It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers “weeds” and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass? But it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds, and bees, only grubs and sodworms. It’s sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

1 lawns 9ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it – sometimes twice a week.

GOD: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?

ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

ST. FRANCIS: No, Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

ST. FRANCIS: You aren’t going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The1 lawns 5 trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It’s a natural circle of life.

ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough. I don’t want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

ST. CATHERINE: Dumb and Dumber, Lord. It’s a real stupid movie about …

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

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Featured Recipe        Sausage Zucchini Boats

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This is a quick and easy, rush-hour weeknight dinner. Yet, it looks elegant and fabulous on your table.

It is also almost infinitely adaptable.

For instance, I am using sweet Italian sausage in the boats I share with you today. However, you could substitute hot sausage, ground beef, ground turkey, or even omit all meat and simply go vegetarian.

You could also make your own tomato or spaghetti sauce rather than the jarred sauce I used. That of course would take more time and probably would no longer be a rush-hour dinner; unless you were using leftovers or you use canned or frozen  homemade sauce earlier.

You could also use any type of cheese your little ‘ole heart desires as well.

This easy recipe can also be doubled or tripled.

If you cannot find large zucchini then this recipe will make too much sauce. You can do one of two things. Cut the recipe in half. Or use any leftover sauce on pasta or make Sloppy Italian Stallion sandwiches

This is what you will need 4 people:

1 pound sweet Italian sausage

1 small onion

2 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 large  zucchini

1 8 ounce jar of your fave meatless spaghetti sauce

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Spray oil

Salt and pepper to taste

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Here is what you do:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Wash the zucchini well and cut in half cross wise. Then cut each piece in half length wise.

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Place each half on a microwave safe plate cut side down and microwave on high until fork tender, about 3-5 minutes.

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Using a spoon scoop out the seeds and just a wee bit of the pulp and discard. Salt and pepper the zucchini to taste.

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Spray a light amount of spray oil in a baking pan.

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Dice the garlic and chop the onion; sauté in the olive oil over medium low heat for a minute or two and the garlic becomes fragrant.

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Add the sausage and cook until done, stiring and breakig the sausage up into small pieces. Drain if necessary. It was not necessary today.

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Add the spaghetti sauce to the meat mixture and mix well. Heat till hot.

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Spoon some of the sausage tomato sauce into the zucchini boats. I fill all boats at one time since it makes it easier to sprinkle the cheeses on all 8 boats at one time. I am lazy that way!!

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Cover each boat with about 1 tablespoons of the Parmesan and 1 tablespoons of the mozzarella cheese.

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Place the boats in the baking pan and place in the oven for about 10-20 minutes until the boats are heated through and the cheese is nice and bubbly.

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Fresh out of the oven.

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Serve with a salad and some garlic bread.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1 lb sweet Itln sausage                             $3.99

1 small onion                                           $0.50

2 cloves garlic                                          $0.10

1 tablespoon olive oil                                $0.24

2 large  zucchini                                       $2.54

1 8 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce                $3.39 

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese                 $0.51              

¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese            $0.63

Spray oil                                                  $0.20

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $12.10
Cost per person = $3.03

Quote of the Day

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

Robin Williams

NOTE:

No copyright infringement intended. In an internet search for the author of the Grass Conversation I could not find an original source. I found more than 30 blogs who published the conversation with no attribution at all. There was not even agreement on a title for this piece. A couple of people did say where they first read it. But I could find nothing on who wrote this.

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8 comments to Watching Grass Grow

  • Pretty cold here today too…. I can’t wait to get my garden going but who knows when that will be. The zucchini boats look very tasty.

    • Roberta

      I agree….can’t wait till I can get my garden up and growing. The boats not only look tasty, they are too. Thanks for commenting, Terry. Good to see you.

  • It’s sad when the only way to tell it’s Spring is by the calendar. It’s Autumn here but I’m still walking barefoot.

    I’ve never hollowed out a zucchini but I keep buying them and saying I’m going to but it hasn’t happened. I’m going to make this so I can end my promising to myself days.

    • Roberta

      Hope the hollowing goes well. I am certain it will. It is not hard at all. Hope you get to go barefoot all winter.

  • Brilliant conversation. Made me laugh out loud. So true! Our grass here – the wild grasses – are already 3 feet tall. But that’s California for you. Sorry about your weather.
    The recipe is excellent. I have a tough time with zucchini. It just keeps producing!

    • Roberta

      Yes. Every one I know who has grown zucchini always has far more than they can use.

      I thought the conversation was a hoot too. Glad you laughed out loud.

  • Pete

    Nice! Going to see if the local market has the ingredients and planning on making the Key Lime Pie tomorrow morning to bring over for the grand kids. Will freeze all working boards, rollers and utensils!