Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014- The first day of spring!

Finally! Today is officially the first day of spring, and it's about time!! We had been slammed by several several several annoying winter storms. And let me tell you this: snow is fun... the first time. After the holidays, a foot of snow and negative temps are not magical anymore.

I am welcoming the new season by opening the windows, wearing springy earrings and clothes, just plain enjoying fifty degree weather. I will defintily be taking my Spring Break Reading Marathon outside today!

Spring has always been my favorite season; I like warm weather but I don't like it too hot. Spring is like a happy medium. Also, spring fashions are always fabulous! I just love all the flowy scarves and flowery designs.

To honor the badly needed arrival of spring, I'm going to post some wonderful springy recipes today that use foods from our garden. Freshly grown foods from right outside your kitchen make everything taste better, don't you think?

Berry Fresh Strawberry Pasta Salad

I've mentioned before that pasta is my weakness, so this recipe tops the charts for fruity sweetness and the savory-ness of pasta. It's one of my favorites, and especially handy when your strawberry bushes go crazy during the summer and you're up to your ears in strawberries. (That's what happened to us last year!)


-1/2 pound cooked bow tie pasta, drained and rinsed with cold water
-1/4 cup chopped walnuts
-1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
- 2 cups Brianna's Home Style Blush Wine Vinaigrette Dressing (has a picture of a strawberry on the front)
-1/3 cup Romano, Asiago, and Parmesan cheese blend


Mix together ingredients in a large bowl. Refridgerate until needed. Refridgerate any leftovers. Enjoy!

Super Duper Delicious Green Beans

This recipe is a creation of my mom's, combining our love of green beans, oregano, and garlic. Wonderful with freshly picked herbs!


-1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut
-1 teaspoon oregano
-1 teaspoon garlic, minced
-1 teaspoon bacon grease
-pepper, to taste
-1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
-1/2 cup onion, diced


Melt the bacon grease in a warm skillet. Add the pepper and onion. Saute for about a minute. Add garlic. Saute for another minute. Add green beans and stir to coat. Add oregano. Add chicken broth. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover skillet and simmer until beans are to your liking of tenderness. (15-20 minutes.) Add pepper to taste and serve!

Enjoy these great recipes and the lovely spring day!

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