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?

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  1. 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.

  2. 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. : )

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

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

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