The current warm spell that we’re going into has me thinking about spring. We’ve been spending lots of time outdoors in the sunshine, splashing in puddles and getting covered in mud. Tulips are abundant in the shops- another reminder that longer, warmer days are around the corner. Admittedly, it is also unnerving that it is so warm in February. While we do enjoy it, I hope it doesn’t turn into a regular event. Nonetheless, this is a post about spring dreaming and planning. Enjoy!
A Picture Book that Celebrate Nature
Last year, I purchased Stories from Bug Garden for my children in part to celebrate spring (the New York Times also gave it a glowing review). Written by Lisa Moser and illustrated by Gwen Millward; it is part poetry and part story of a community of insects. The sweet characters are especially memorable because of the captivating and lively illustrations. They are also witty and the book contains humour that adults appreciate. We read this book all year long and daydream about our future garden and what might inhabit it.
International Women’s Day: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
The first International Women's Day (IWD) was celebrated in 1911 by women and men in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. For many years since, it has been celebrated worldwide. The first time I celebrated IWD was in Limbe, Cameroon. My friend and I had dresses made in the IWD 's fabric for that year and marched at the community centre. Admittedly, I haven't done anything similar since that time and feel a little guilty about my lack of action. This year, I was thinking about attending a local women's luncheon with a celebrated speaker. Do you acknowledge or celebrate IWD? Does your family celebrate it or get involved in an activity or event? I would love to read about your plans.
Baking with Flowers
The addition of flowers to baking adds an element of beauty and sometimes an unexpected flavour. My standby, as you may have already guessed, is to put lavender in my baking. I use it year round. This year, I plan to incorporate edible flowers on a more seasonal basis.
Five-Minute No-Bake Granola Bars
Feeding the children during a road trip is necessary for a smooth car ride. Healthy snacks are a must as too much sugar or salt can lead to a whole host of problems (and then the need to make more stops). My children will only eat so many carrot sticks, celery sticks and apple slices and these fresh items don't store well. I really like granola bars as a snack but they do tend to be high in sugar and the plastic packaging seems wasteful. For our road trip this weekend, I have made granola bars from a recipe posted by Sarah Waldman on her blog My Summer St. Kitchen. As Sarah notes, it is a versatile recipe. I made the following substitutions: I roasted my pepitas (to rid them of any bitter taste) and then reduced them to 3/4 cup, I added a 1/4 cup of coconut and then sprinkled rose petals on top to make them pretty.
Have you heard of baking with cassava flour? I found a lovely little recipe by Recipes to Nourish called Grain Free Chocolate Cake. It sounds wonderful and looks delicious. Once I find cassava flour in a Canadian store I will let you know how it turns out.
Have a wonderful weekend!