Merry Meet everyone and Happy Sun day! It’s been a busy day here today. My hubby is working on projects around the house and I had the laundry and the grocery to do. Also, yesterday we had our ugly beige hallway and guest room painted in beautiful shades of green and “Vast Sky” blue, respectively. So I had to put pictures back up on the wall, put everything back in it’s place etc. The boring beige in the whole house is GONE and my home is warm in color as I like it 🙂 The Sun has been shining and we were in the mid 50’s…a lovely day but a bit chilly when the winds blow. Tomorrow however we can look forward to hitting 70*! How wonderful!
Spring has sprung here..I believe it truly has! Our bird and squirrel feeders are active. I’ve seen cardinals, finches, mourning doves, and even two gorgeous male blue jays! The squirrels are having a feast as well lol. There are tulips coming up in some areas, snow is all gone, and of course the days are getting longer. I don’t see trees budding quite yet. Now I live in Ohio, and I KNOW that we can see snow yet in April lol…but I think we can put Winter to bed pretty much 🙂 How about where you live?
I was perusing a few Spring issues magazines today. I just love them don’t you? There are always flowers and green and pastels on the covers. So light and airy. While I was looking thru them I found a few recipes I thought would be perfect for Ostara and thought I’d share them with you. They would be great to put in jars and take to the park for a picnic on a Spring day, great for your family gathering, and well, just for something light and healthy for every day!
Fresh Fruit Salad with Lime Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbs lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup water
3 cups fresh orange segments
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
In a small saucepan, combine sugar, and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, strain through sieve into a small bowl. Let cool completely.
In a large serving bowl, combine fruits and mint. Add lime syrup, stirring to combine. Cover and chill for at least an hour. Sprinkle with almonds before serving.
Spring Pasta Salad with Dill Vinaigrette
8 oz package orecchiette pasta
1/4 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into into 1 inch pieces and blanched
1/2 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup diced yellow bell peppers
1/2 cup Dill Vinaigrette *see below
Garnish: Fresh dill
Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large bowl, stir together asparagus, carrot and peppers and pasta. Add Dill vinaigrette stirring gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Garnish with chopped dill.
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbs white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 3 days.
*I happen to think this recipe would be great with a greek or italian dressing too 🙂
Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon-Lime Glaze
*makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tb lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup buttermilk, divided, room temperature
Lemon-Lime glaze *see below
Preheat oven to 350* Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add egg, and mix until blended. Add vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice, and mix until well blended.
*be sure to read this closely before starting 🙂 Working in batches, add 1/3 of flour mixture. Beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl. Add 1/4 cup buttermilk; mix completely; scraping bowl. Add second batch of 1/3 of flour mixture; scraping down sides of bowl. Add remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk. Finish with last of flour mixture, scraping down sides of bowl until all is fluffy!
Pour batter into baking cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake for 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tsps fresh lemon juice
2 tsps fresh lime juice
In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Pour by spoonfuls over cupcakes.
Don’t they all sound wonderful….so fresh and reminding of Spring 🙂 Hope you give them a try! Remember to stir in some magick while cooking!
I want to talk about one more thing real quick. I have a dear friend, Deb Sunshine Hillman who has written a wonderful book…a small book filled with beautiful tales relating to Women and the Goddess. As a follower of Goddess, and I’m a woman…..lol…these stories speak to me. I hope you check it out…I’m so proud of you dear Sister Deb for making one of your dreams come true….publishing a book!
Here is the link for my readers if you’d like to check it out!
I hope that you all have had a great weekend…..we are just 5 days from Ostara! Have a very Blessed Ostara and may Mother Earth awaken and Spring break forth soon if it hasn’t already where YOU live! ❤
“March bustles in on windy feet
And sweeps my doorstep and my street.
She washes and cleans with pounding rains,
Scrubbing the earth of winter stains.
She shakes the grime from carpet green
Till naught but fresh new blades are seen.
Then, house in order, all neat as a pin,
She ushers gentle springtime in.”
– Susan Reiner, Spring Cleaning
Love and Blessings, Autumn
*All pictures are either my own or creative commons images.