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What Is Enough For You?

 

I love spring.

1 spring flowerI love the renewal and rebirth of life after the long darkness and cold of winter. I love the cheery colors of bushes and flowers blooming again. I love the warmth. Is there any better feeling than warm sunshine on your face? I think not.

There is vibrancy in the air! Everything seems fresh and new again.

I also like the ritual of spring cleaning. Does anyone even do that any more? Out with the old. In with the new. Let’s start over again….a new beginning.

Spring is also a time of hope and joy. On the first really warm day of spring the sun and warmth lightens my heart and makes me feel like I am walking on air.

 

I could handle twelve months of spring. That would be enough for me.  

What is enough for you?

How much do we really need? What do we need to be happy?

I love this poem or set of statements statements on this question from that most prolific of authors, Anonymous.

This is my spring wish for all of you:

1 flower 2“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hello’s to get you through the final good-bye.”

Happy Spring
Featured Recipe        Easy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

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I love mushrooms.

I love sweet Italian sausage.

Putting the two together is a no brainer.

This is what you will need for about 16 large mushrooms:

About 16 large mushrooms*

About 1 pound sweet Italian sausage**

About 3-4 tablespoons (or there abouts) Parmesan cheese

About ¼ cup white wine***

Salt and pepper to taste

*Or about 32 medium sized mushrooms.

**Use any flavor sausage your little ‘ole heart desires.

*** Or water or smear the bottom of baking dish with a bit of soft butter.

Here is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Clean the mushrooms. How to clean mushrooms ~~~ NOTE: Do not slice the musrooms for this recipe. Just clean them.

Remove stems and save for soup stock or a meat extender. Salt and pepper the mushrooms.

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Stuff each mushroom with a big mound of the sausage. You may have some left over sausage. I did. I just fried it up and ate it while the mushrooms were baking. YUM. I love the privileges of being the cook!!

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Sprinkle the mushrooms with the Parmesan cheese.

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Place the mushrooms in a baking pan and add the white wine. You may have to bake in two batches. Don’t crowd the mushrooms in the pan.

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Bake for about 20-25 minutes or till all of the sausage is no longer pink.

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Hot out of the oven.

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How easy is this?

How delicious is this?

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

About 16 large mushroom               $3.00

1 pound sweet Italian sausage         $1.99

4 tbspns Parmesan cheese              $1.02

About ¼ cup white wine                 $1.02

Total cost = $7.03
Cost per mushroom = $0.44

Quotes of the Day

Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals. 

Charles M. Crowe

and

I lied on my Weight Watchers list.  I put down that I had 3 eggs… but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs. 

Caroline Rhea

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7 comments to What Is Enough For You?

  • Enough is always going to be a roof over my head, warm food on the stove and friends to share it with. I don’t need diamonds or gold but travel now and again would be nice.

    Your sausage stuffed mushrooms are coming with me to a champagne breakfast on Sunday!

    • Roberta

      You echo my sentiments in exquisite words. That is enough for me too. Enjoy your champagne breakfast! Happy Easter, Maureen.

  • Two answers: Yes I love Spring, most of my life was spent in the tropics where winter was warmer than most Spring days here.

    As to what is enough? Just enough to be independent, I have had the life of big BMW’s travel and 5 star hotels, believe me the novelty soon wears off! Now waking up in the morning lucky enough to be still breathing, a roof over my head, good ordinary food to eat are luxuries the majority of people on my former continent can only dream about. That is enough to be grateful for.

    • Roberta

      Would love to live in perpetual spring; even perpetual fall.

      I think you hit nail on head……enough to be independent. Well said, my friend. Well said.

  • I have plenty and I’m grateful for that. There were times when I had nothing but my baby son. Spring cleaning is extremely satisfying but I do prefer fall. It’s my favorite season. Thanks for the lovely poem!

    • Roberta

      I think many, if not most of us, have had ups and downs. Having a son is a treasure. Glad you have plenty now. Happy Easter, Julia and Blessings.