Happy Spring Everybody!

At about 4am  I woke to the sound of steady rain. Now the eaves are dripping, the stars are out, it may be over. It’s nice to get rid of some of the dust and pollen that’s coated everything. My patio gleams with green glitter. At Safeway the other day I notice people have given up washing it off their cars.  

Spring has made it’s official entrance,  although, she’s been pandering around the front door since December.  My husband and I have been planting seeds. The other day he took the fencing down from our garden, he’s given the whole area a good turning over this year and re-arranged all the beds. Every now and then it’s a good idea to confuse the pests. And the trees have changed around our garden – one old tree has steadily died, and finally been removed, and other younger trees have grown and changed shape. So, we have a different sun pattern, have to figure out where’s the best sun, for how many hours, etc.

I’m just about to give up on my lettuce garden – I don’t have time to putter with it, but I’ve learned enough to give it another whack next Fall. One thing I found out is you have to keep an eye on it, little things can go wrong, easily fixed, that can put a damper on production. I think I can work out the bugs, but I will need to give it my full attention next year. For now I will put the little set-up away – good to go next year.

6:20 train is a little late today.  They blow the horn as if the students are back in town. I guess school is back in next week, too bad. Town is so blissfully quiet during Spring Break – it’s not just the college kids, it’s the college professors, the public school workers – whole families just pack up and leave at this time. Thank you! 

Yesterday morning I realized, the heat is coming, I have to change my habits, get cooking earlier in the morning. Last night we made a couple of calzones, our second attempt, worked out great. But we notice, the kitchen is already getting a little uncomfortable with the stove on. 

This calzone is for tonight.

This calzone is for tonight.  The edge of the crust turned out like a little loaf of bread.

My husband stir-fried some chicken with BBQ sauce, onions, peppers, etc, then piled it onto one side of a pizza dough. It’s as easy as making pizza – just put it all on one side, fold it over, and pinch the edges together. This time we added cottage cheese – that was great, gave it more moisture, a creamier consistency. We add no mozarella, just a little parmesan, romano, or asiago. Ricotta is too rich for our old stomachs, cottage cheese is a lot gentler.  We ate the first one, I was hungrier than I realized after a day of chores. We have another busy day ahead, a lot of physical activity, so this second pie will be good to have in the fridge when we come home. 

I can’t wait to try this on the grill, I think it will be easier than pizza. I’m thinking now about cooking in Summer – I predict Summer will be really hot this year, and I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen, but I like to have a hot meal once in a while. And pizzas and calzones taste great cold too!

The birds just started chirping, so I guess the sun is making it’s way up the side of my neighbor’s house now. I imagine things will look spectacular this morning. Time to get out there!



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