Sunday, April 18, 2010

Warm Spring Weekend

We had a very busy and beautifully spring-like weekend. After weeks of cold temperatures and snow, snow, snow and rain, it was wonderful to feel the spring breezes and to lie in the sunshine feeling it's warmth soak into my bones.

The weekend of tasks and events started with a birthday order that included this cake.

We brought in the next batch of chicken dinners-to-be.

Since it was also Blossom Festival in the valley, I attended an awesome plant sale...

...or two.

We had another special dinner party with our gourmand friends. My offering was this asparagus gruyere tart.

And I learned how to prepare artichokes for dipping into butter.

After spending the afternoon today making a dent in the ToDo list of garden work needing to be done around here, Mr. Dirtywrench and I took the motorcycle out for its first ride of the year.

The blossoming pear orchards are always the siren call for the first ride.

Life is good.

How did you spend your weekend? I'd love to hear about it!


  1. Asparagus... Gruyere... Taaaaaarrrrrrt...

    Artichokes dipped in.... buuuuuutteeeeerrrr...

  2. I'm with your daughter. I want some of that.
    And I love that shadow picture.

    We were going to the zoo, but when we realized traffic was backed up onto the interstate to get into the parking lot (at 2:00)we changed plans. We ended up walking five miles (I was in flip flops) on the canal walking trail in the Riverfront Park. Beautiful, but my feet are yelling at me today.

    Moral of the story: Never try to go anywhere on the weekend when you can do it during the week and call it a field trip. Zoo field trip today!

  3. The tart is so easy....puff pastry, pre-baked, sprinkle with expensive gruyere or more affordable parmesan, raw asparagus, brush with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

    I didn't tell you we also had Halibut Veracruz. I didn't want to make you jealous.

    Southern Gal- do you think it's possible to actually see animals at the zoo on a beautiful Sunday afternoon? Scary! The flexibility of homeschooling is the best part of the job!


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