Loving Lately

So Spring is not exactly “in the air.” In fact, currently the temperature is below freezing. But it’s that time in the upper midwest when we are ready longing for Spring. And because Michigan has drastically fluctuating weather, I am aware that beyond this nearly 60° forecasted weekend, there is probably still a snowfall on the horizon. Actually being the true Michigander that I am, I’m okay with it all. But I am still loving the idea of Spring… the gradual bursts of opened windows… the flower buds… the recipes…

I am really excited about making the spring line-up from Farmhouse Rules by Nancy Fuller: Spring Fling Fiddlehead Soup, Tavern Ham, Roasted Asparagus, Buttery Braised Radishes… Fiddleheads and radishes! How spring am I! I am looking forward to the fresh garden offerings, and more time outdoors. It’s menus like this, little peeks of sunshine, and days with longer stretches of light that fuel my fire this time of year.

It’s a time of transition. And it’s not very beautiful. The trees are still bare, the snow has left behind brown patches of mud… But it’s hopeful. It has the promise that good things are on their way. (Photo courtesy of Betterphoto.com) I’m eager for the good things that lie ahead. I think we all get that way after a long cold winter. It’s the homestretch, our rite of passage. I can almost taste it… and I want to taste it!

Here’s a random goal: I want to eat nettles. (Photo of baby nettles courtesy of forageporage.) Apparently, they only grow in the Spring. Eiven and Eve Kilcher, from Alaska: The Last Frontier, make them sound like the most necessary and nutritious things I’ve never tried. In their cookbook, Homestead Kitchen, they include them in several recipes from tea, to Nettle Bread, and even Nettle Burgers! …Now, how do I get nettles?

The first day of Spring this year is March 2o. Yes, (small cry) still over a month away. We are smack dab in the middle of “The Thaw” phase (photo courtesy of Flickr). But thinking about Spring helps me get through the cold and gray. And enduring these last cold murky days makes the appreciation of what’s in store all the better.

Thank you refreshrestyle.com for my featured image and inspirational spring quote!

(And even more so, thank you to my readers who put up with my ramblings! Xoxo)

Loving Lately 💐

Loving Lately: Spring Flowers


You know what they say, “Spring showers bring May flowers…”


Well it’s holding true once again.


Although we had a snowy wintery start to our spring…


The flowers are on cue.


It’s the stuff sonnets and songs are made of.


I’m feeling it.


(And thank you Pinterest for providing me with images)

Loving Lately ☔️

Loving Lately: The Rain


Confession: I love the rain.


I love a warm rain that I can walk in.


I love to curl up and drink something warm during a cold rain. On a blustery wet day, I love to build a fire and look out the window.


I love rain so much that I gave it as a middle name to one of my children.


It’s a blessing: “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater…” Isaiah 55:10


So long for now, I’m going to take a stroll in the rain.

(And I cannot take credit for any of these photos, which you can find on Pinterest.)


I finally felt it today.

Sure, there is still snow on the ground from our 4th round of winter.

Yes, the kids are recovering from Strep throat.

But this morning the sun shone differently.

I could hear the birds chattering with excitement.

And when I looked out my bedroom window (ready for it’s seasonal cleaning), I believed them.

Spring is almost here.

I’m ready to celebrate.