Monday, February 29, 2016

Cherry blossoms & artichokes.

It must be spring. I want to paint things, move wall hangings, go shopping but most of all... I want to go branch stealing.

This year was no exception.  It surely won't be the final word on branch-stealing.  I tend to justify my theft with this... "It was technically on public property... and I pay taxes... so it's sorta mine anyway."

I know.  Don't lecture me. I get it from Adrain, though after all these years, he more or less just rolls his eyes and leaves it at that. In fact, I plucked a few forsythia twigs from a sidewalk just today while walking with him.  He let it go...

Anyway.  I was out for a walk the other day, and the cherry trees were just at the peak of bloom season. I went a little nuts for five minutes, and broke an entire branch off the tree. Then I brought it home and took eleventy hundred photos of it.  I am even putting this image (above) into my shop TOMORROW, because... Yay! Spring! 

**My shop will be open for THREE days, starting tomorrow, March 1.  I close it down on the evening of the 3rd.  *I will be opening for one other week this entire year in October, and that's it for shop news in 2016, so grab what you'd like for yourself or gifting while I'm open!  (grin)**

 I also purchased artichokes because they were at Trader Joes and....Yay! Spring!  I can't help myself this time of year.

I tried my hand at roasting them which was wonderful. Trust me... do this!  I've always steamed them before.  I prepped the tops and such, (if you don't know how, just google it- basically it's just as you see here- slice off the top end, peel off the tiny bottom leaves and cut the tops off each leaf, about a quarter of an inch or so.) sliced them all down the center and then brushed both inside and outside with Trader Joe's olive oil with lemon juice.  (I'm like a walking poster board for TJ's.) A little garlic salt, some pepper and in the oven at 425 for about a half hour-ish.  So yum.

We dipped ours in butter but we didn't need to because they were amazing as they were... we just wanted to.  (Which really tells you what kind of people we are.)

Of course before we cooked them, I took way too many photos of them.  Because, have you ever seen a more photogenic veggie (er... unbloomed flower?).  I think not.

My phone camera (Samsung) captured this pussy willow image.  Seriously.  I love the little fibers up close!

Expect to hear from me a lot this week because I have plenty to say.  And share.  (I've got three more posts in half-edit.)  Side note, I've been pulling out my blue and white striped everything.  Table runner, napkins... Just feeling the season change.

Spring is my favorite.  Are you feeling it too?

 photo PostSignature_zpsb6968ede.png


Lisa Mothersead said...

Yes. Enjoy seeing the daffodils and tulips popping up out of the ground. Lil' birds popping up outside our transom window and neighbor cat and squirrel (4 real) playing in my backyard.

Cheryl said...

Feeling the seasonal change also. We are about to move soon, so don't want to decorate too much. Need to pack. Blue and white anything and stripes for the win. : )

Janene said...

Our allergies are feeling it!!! But I sure do love the cherry blossoms♡

Dee McFarland said...

Lovely, feel good post today...thank you! Can we expect a group of artichokes or cherry blossoms in the shop? Thanks again.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Thank you so much!! There is a lovely cherry blossom print in the shop right now girl!

Qing Cai said...

ralph lauren uk
coach outlet online
ferragamo outlet
ralph lauren outlet
beats headphones
oakley sunglasses
coach factory outlet
coach outlet
ferragamo shoes
ghd hair straighteners
true religion jeans
ferragamo outlet
lululemon pants
rolex watches
beats headphones
coach outlet online
coach outlet
fitflops sale clearance
ralph lauren outlet
mulberry outlet
mulberry handbags
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses wholesale
tiffany jewelry
true religion outlet
tory burch outlet
hollister clothing store
polo ralph lauren
tory burch outlet online
polo ralph lauren

Zheng junxai5 said...

coach factory outlet
toms shoes
coach outlet online
kate spade outlet
coach purses on sale
prada outlet
longchamp bags
michael kors outlet
nike blazer
coach outlet store online
burberry outlet canada
canada goose sale
michael kors purses
coach outlet store online
adidas superstars
adidas gazelle
lululemon outlet store
fitflops outlet
mcm handbags
skechers outlet
coach outlet
fitflop uk
cheap ray ban sunglasses
canada goose jackets
louis vuitton handbags
christian louboutin outlet
oakley sunglasses sale
louboutin outlet
longchamp outlet
canada goose uk
michael kors
ralph lauren
coach outlet
valentino bags
ralph lauren
coach outlet store online
kate spade handbags
canada goose uk
ray bans

Zhenhong Bao said...

polo ralph lauren
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet store
cheap nfl jerseys
michael kors outlet
prada outlet online
michael kors outlet
soccer jerseys
cheap jordans
ralph lauren outlet
air max 90
michael kors uk outlet
cheap nfl jersey
michael kors outlet store
basketball shoes,basketball sneakers,lebron james shoes,sports shoes,kobe bryant shoes,kobe sneakers,nike basketball shoes,running shoes,mens sport shoes,nike shoes
louis vuitton outlet
mulberry handbags
prada handbags
pandora jewelry
michael kors handbags
swarovski crystal
cheap mlb jerseys
louis vuitton handbags
ralph lauren polo
michael kors outlet
rolex watches for sale
ray-ban sunglasses
swarovski outlet
ralph lauren shirts
thomas sabo uk
snapbacks wholesale
louis vuitton neverfull
michael kors outlet online
michael kors outlet