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It's almost Spring! 
Mar. 13, 2013 2:26 pm 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2013 2:05 pm
The past few mornings as I head out my door at 6:30 am for work I've noticed something different.  I'm hearing things.  Good things.  There has been that far off sound of birds chirping their good mornings to me.  I love that sound!  It reminds me of weekend mornings and hot cups of coffee enjoyed on my deck, watching the world come to life.  I'd watch the sunrise, but I live in a woods and my yard doesn't get much sun until much later in the morning when it finally rises above all the tree tops. 

This afternoon when I got home from work and was playing a fast and furious game of fetch with Suzy, the black lab, I caught another sign of Spring and good things to come.  When she brought back the dummy for the gazillionth time, I made her sit and practice holding it while I investigated what I thought I saw.  Sure enough!  Around the tree next to our deck I spied spots of purple peeking thru the late winter leaves that found their way down from the woods on the hill!  My crocuses are blooming!  Within the next couple days I should see hundreds of those purple flowers! 

Last night while at our restaurant, I saw another sign of Spring - the homemade ice cream shop we share a corner of the building with has their flavors listed and the best sign of all: Opening April 1st. We knew the owner has been making ice cream every spare chance he has had. But until the opening sign came up it just didn't sink in. Now I can't wait to have a dish of his homemade double-chocolate peanut butter or the chocolate rapture (a flavor he made just for me!)!  Or to have it in a homemade waffle cone!  I'll soon be spending much more time at the restaurant!

I have been cooking more at home this year - just as I had resolved to do.  But, now I need to switch gears and start looking for some Spring time recipes instead of all the soups and stews I've been making.  Tonight for dinner I have a new recipe in the oven.  Jon loves cabbage rolls and I never liked cabbage, until just recently, and I know I don't want to "waste" my time rolling up the meat mixture in cabbage leaves - so this Easy Cabbage Roll Casserole just seemed like it would be a perfect fit for us.  It smells good at least!

I'm sure Old Man Winter will show his "heiny" one more time on his way out the door, but I know his time is almost up and Spring is beginning to "spring"!
Mar. 13, 2013 4:04 pm
We've had harbingers of spring also, Mother Ann! A pair a bluebirde frequent the bush near the dining room window, woodpeckers drumming, cardinals singing and we saw a robin just a few feet from us as we left a restaurant. Our final sign will be when we see red winged blackbirds and grackles. ... You are right about old man winter. It seems he always has the last laugh before he retires for the summer.
Mar. 13, 2013 4:05 pm
Oh, yeah! The Maple Sap collection is going full tilt, too!
Mar. 13, 2013 4:26 pm
Spring has not sprung here as yet,but iam seeing signs,the snow is melting,the deer are coming out of the woods,can hardly wait to plant a garden.Enjoy your dinner Mother Ann,love cabbage rolls,even in a casserole.
Mar. 13, 2013 4:48 pm
Mike, we have a friend who makes several hundred gallons of syrup a year and he is collecting the sap and boiling like gangbusters right now!
Mar. 13, 2013 4:49 pm
manella - We really enjoyed the casserole. So glad there's some leftover so I can take it for lunch tomorrow. Last night a deer ran in front of our car and narrowly missed getting hit by us and by an oncoming car.
Mar. 13, 2013 5:15 pm
Oh Mother Ann,deer can do a lot of damage to your car.When we first move here to the country,was the first time a saw a Buck up close and personal, scared the p##p right of me.Learned real quick to watch out for them.Before this the only time i saw a deer was in a zoo,but i'm not sorry we live here,love the country,quiet and peaceful.
Mar. 13, 2013 6:22 pm
There are dozens of male Robins all duking it out in our back yard. Boy, do they get feisty! The daffodils and tulips are coming up so it shouldn't be long before the dang deer start mowing them down. Of course the first sign of Spring I saw this year was right after Christmas when the stores started displaying Easter bonnets!
Mar. 14, 2013 2:55 am
manella - I know from experience just how much damage a deer can do! We live rural and keeping an eye out for deer is part of the driving experience.
Mar. 14, 2013 2:57 am
Doc - LOL! You are so right - the stores usually win on the first sign of Spring! It'll be Halloween before you know it!
Mar. 14, 2013 5:19 am
Enjoyed your post. I think we're all feeling the first stirrings of Spring, visible or not. When I went out yesterday I took a few minutes to check spots where I know crocus are planted - teeny, skinny green shoots are poking up, probably have been there for a while just waiting for the snow to disappear. We too, have deer come down into the yard. I always feel bad that in this case, they are being pushed out of the woods by development, down into heavily populated, heavy traffic areas.
Mar. 14, 2013 7:01 am
The best Cabbage rolls I ever had was from a tiny school cafeteria. I taught in Holland, Va. I never liked cabbage until those special cooks offered me some.
Mar. 14, 2013 7:02 am
was=were -typos. sorry
Mar. 14, 2013 9:23 am
I'm with you. I love those first signs of Springtime. I especially enjoy waking up to birds chirping. My first sign of spring outdoors is when my daffodils come up. They're usually pretty early, but I know winter is on its way out and spring is around the corner.
Mar. 14, 2013 10:37 am
Spring is happening here too in the desert, tumble weeds are beginning to sprout,the Joshua trees are ready to bloom and I need to mow the lawn. I'm off to charge my lawnmower battery.
Mar. 14, 2013 11:55 am
Sadly so much sand is still in yards and gardens here and sea water damaged so much greenery we won't have any of the spring bulbs this year. Canadian geese have taken over most of the grassy medians here in town and they are beginning to mate. I am ambivalent about them. They are terribly messy but they are so interesting to watch as they mate for life and raise their families so carefully.
Mar. 14, 2013 1:15 pm
Lela - who would think a school cafeteria would have good cabbage rolls? Though, I remember years ago we had a cafeteria with some awesome cooks. Their soups were so good!
Mar. 14, 2013 1:16 pm
Paula - I don't have many daffodils, the squirrels took all my bulbs and my tulip bulbs, too.
Mar. 14, 2013 1:17 pm
sweet cook, I do feel bad for the wildlife that keeps getting pushed out of their habitats due to development!
Mar. 14, 2013 1:18 pm
bd.weld - I don't think we'll have to mow much yard this year - when the tree fell in September it really made a mess of our yard!
Mar. 14, 2013 1:20 pm
I feel the same as you about those Canada Geese. We had one that lived in our yard for 7 years. She had deformed wings and her mother left her to die as a young gosling. My son brought her home and we let her live in our yard. She quickly made friends with our dog and all of us. She was so much fun to watch, but she made such a mess!
Mar. 15, 2013 9:11 am
This time last year, we had snow on the ground with one more snow storm to hit near the first of April. This year, the daffodils are up and blooming beautifully, the songs of returning birds echo through trees and warmer days are signaling the end of winter in the PNW. I'm loving it. I've actually been in my yards already. That doesn't usually happen until late April or early May. Yes, Spring is on the way!
Mar. 16, 2013 4:53 am
Candice - I woke up this morning to wet, slushy snow coming down! I knew we'd get more snow, but the little reprieve was nice.
Mar. 17, 2013 5:47 am
Ah, yes! Look forward to getting back to watch the pastels peek up through the earth! Look forward to RQ's requesting grill recipes!! Before you know it the Buckeye Bash will be here! Hope to see you!!
Mar. 17, 2013 9:35 am
mickdee - I'm not going to make the Bash this year. :( The only time we can get our family trip to the beach in this year is that week. I know it'll be a blast, and I'm going to miss being there.
Mar. 20, 2013 6:34 am
[You need to delete the above comment!] I heard a little bird the other day and it gave me hope - then it snowed again! (=
Mar. 20, 2013 6:36 am
mickdee and all: Mother Ann and I are going to plan a lunch get-together later in the summer somewhere between here and there! We'll let you all know...
Mar. 20, 2013 10:53 am
I love spring. I have filled every room in my house with fresh daffodils. I swear they are pure sunshine in a vase.
Mar. 20, 2013 2:05 pm
midwestchef - Yes - we need to start planning!
Mar. 20, 2013 2:05 pm
mauigirl - You are so right about those daffodils! I love them!!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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