I have spring salad fever! My Mom bought me a subscription to The Magnolia Journal, a Chip and Joanna Gaines publication, and I got my first magazine a few weeks ago. One of the sections featured amazing spring salads using spring vegetables like arugula, baby kale, green onions, herbs, radishes and asparagus. The food photography is amazing and makes each salad look so enticing and delicious.
The recipe wasn’t included for each salad, but there was a simple list of ingredients. I’ve made four of the five salads now, from the strawberry-spinach-candied-pecan-and-brie-salad to a Greek style cucumber-olives-tomatoes-and-feta salad. Earlier this week I made the toasted-almond-and-oranges salad on a bed of mixed greens. It was so light and refreshing! All that’s left is an asparagus, bacon and arugula salad and since our first cutting of asparagus will be today or tomorrow, it’s on the menu for the week!
Easter Sunday we ate the breakfast provided by our church before the service. It was nothing short of an Easter miracle that we made it on time since we needed to pack up our salad contribution to our family Easter dinner in a cooler, get all of Nathan’s food ready, load up the pack ‘n’ play, stuff the diaper bag with toys, diapers, nap blankets and change of clothes, get a bag of clothes to change into for Dan and I, do chores, shower and get ready! All while trying to feed and entertain an almost one year old! The pancakes, eggs, sausage and coffee were our reward.
Sunday was beautiful and sunny! Nathan played outside after lunch at Grandma’s house, carefully cleaning each rock for her as he put it in his mouth. The ham, potatoes, corn, deviled eggs, fruit salad and cheesecake desserts left me stuffed! Dan and I both took a food coma nap when we laid down Nathan, after which we took our family pictures outside. It was a great way to celebrate Easter!
Monday was windy, but sunny and mild. I planted a few trays of flowers that I’m going to try this year. They are a departure from the easier sunflowers and zinnias, so I’m a little apprehensive about whether or not they’ll sprout and take off. The seeds are so minuscule it was difficult to tell how many were in each square of dirt. Snapdragons, strawflowers, queen red lime zinnia, dianthus and lisianthus were the new varieties. Some instructions state they shouldn’t be covered in dirt, as they need light to germinate. Very different!
The potatoes are planted, asparagus and chives are ready for a first harvest, cherry trees are budding, and I’m hoping to direct seed our carrots, spinach, kale, radishes, onions and romaine this week. Our lawn is in need of its first mowing, and the strawberry and raspberry patch is coming to life!
In Nathan news, he is teething like crazy and has had some miserable days. His third tooth on the top seems to be the most painful, which is his sixth overall. He loves to eat finger foods and is attempting to crawl around with multiple objects in one hand. He loves help walking around outside and giggles at the goats nearby in their pasture.
And that’s the news from this Easter week on the farm!