Monday, May 9, 2011

A light exists in Spring

You know what I love? I love a nice, long, slow spring that gently eases into summer and I can’t remember the last time we had one so sweet. What a beautiful weekend it was here in Maryland, with temps in the mid 70’s.

On Saturday, I did some much-needed cleaning. And then I got to work washing and packing freshly-picked lettuce from our garden.


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I used to have two friends who each owned local restaurants and can remember several springs when I dropped off coolers full of fresh lettuce.

But over the years, each of them have closed or sold their restaurants.


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So now I take the extra lettuce to school and give it to friends.


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The lettuces are sweet and tender and we’ve been having salads every night to go with dinner.


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Our salad  Saturday night, before I added the roasted sunflower seeds.

I wanted pizza, so I picked up one of those Freshetta Artisan pizza crusts from the grocery store and my husband made a spring vegetable & cheese pizza.


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I’d never had asparagus on pizza before and am here to tell you that it’s really yummy.


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Here it is, ready to go in the oven. I highly recommend this easy meal which we enjoyed while we watched the Kentucky Derby.

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On Sunday, I spent the day working on potting some flowers and cleaning up outside and was happy to hear from each of my sons. My youngest prefers texting and keeps it short and sweet and the oldest likes to call, usually when he’s out and about. They also sent my flowers ~


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They’re beautiful (as are my sons).

Hope your weekend was a pleasant one. Tonight we’re watching the finale of  The Amazing Race, which is supposed to be a photo finish. Woot.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .
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A light exists in Spring, by Emily Dickinson

35 comments:

Hilary said...

The pizza looks delish....and I am so jealous.....fresh lettuce!!!!! I wish I lived nearby. We could swap for rugs!

Donna S. said...

Happy Mother's Day Kate. Fresh lettuce looks wonderful!!

Michelle said...

Yes, the pizza looks great and I'm glad you've had a good Mother's Day. I got flowers, too, but I can't show them so wonderfully in photos! (Wanna come shoot my flowers? :-)

Snappy Di said...

Oh I know... it was such a pretty day here too!. Couldn't have been nicer and I hope summer stays away for ev ah!

Di

Country Gal said...

Its been such a long time since I had fresh lettuce straight from the garden, I was a kid on the farm when my mum would have all kinds of fresh veggies. Wonderful photos and post. Hope you had a lovely Mothers day. I dod the weather here was summer like all weekend.

AutumnSkyRanch said...

Wow, it seems very early to be picking lettuce. Do you have a greenhouse?

Country Girl said...

No greenhouse. It's perfect weather for lettuce right now. It's coming in strong and he always plants too much.

~ C.G.

Mental P Mama said...

In my next life, my husband will cook;)

Caroline said...

Happy Mother's day to you!!! OK...so wish I lived closer to you...that lettuce looks so good. Gorgeous photos...wowza!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Happy Mothers Day.. My Son brought me flowers also.
I adore that Young Man.
Loved your salad and your phtography .
Have a wonderful Night.

Sarah said...

That pizza looks tasty!! the lettuce looks good too! Happy Mother's Day to you!!

Sarah from The House That Ag Built

beth said...

so much for a photo finish....dang !
i wanted mallory and her dad to win....oh well

was the waxing in brazil funny or what ?

Low Tide High Style said...

What a perfect weekend you had, yummy food, family, and flowers...my kind of Mother's Day!

My family treated me royally, so no complaints here!

Kat :)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh your pizza looks delicious! Sounds like you had a really blessed weekend. Your flowers are so pretty and your sons sound like they are real sweeties!

Fine Lines said...

Yum!! The pizza and salad looks fabulous!!

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Happy Mother's Day to you:) That pizza looks so fresh and delicious!

{ T G L } said...

What gorgeous photos... they just want me to reach across the screen and eat the delicious-looking nibbles! The lettuce looks beautiful. It must be so satisfying growing your own stuff.

Spring has been so lovely here as well and a real blessing. The sunshine makes all the difference. Europe had a very hard, long, cold winter so to have a little sunshine is simply wonderful. Just makes me itch to go outside for some photography :)

Have a lovely day!

This Good Life

Mary said...

Yes, it has been an exceptionally beautiful spring, hasn't it? Your salad and pizza both look scrumptious! Hope your Mother's Day was sweet.
xoxo

Karen said...

ooh YUM!!! I'll have to try that.

We've got lettuce growing too, and will provide some to the local restaurant here in town. Your work buddies must LOVE you for providing the fresh produce :-)

thecatalanway said...

Sweet and tender - that's how I would describe your blog too! Sometimes I come here for inspiration, sometimes to look for more lovely birds and flowers, sometimes for pictures of George to make my heart ache for my dogs.....and many times just because you write so cleanly and your photos are so full of light. thank you for being you and sharing here Kate x

Dyche Designs said...

Mmmmm that pizza looks delicious. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Belated Happy Mothers Day.

Gone Country said...

Your lettuce looks so yummy! We haven't had any luck growing lettuce here. And that pizza... I'm dying for a pizza right now (stupid diet that's actually working!) and yours look delish!

So happy you had a nice Mother's Day!

Ellen said...

What a wonderful day it must have been! smiles...

Nurse Nancy said...

Wow that pizza looked good! Glad you had a nice Mother's Day!

TSannie said...

My brother made homemade pizza for us this weekend and it was wonderful!
Your lettuce...if only I lived closer...

Daryl said...

Lovely .. I wish I was closer for many reasons but now especially for that lettuce .. yum.. and asparagoose is good on/with everything.

So glad both 'boys' checked in .. xo

Tess Kincaid said...

I am SO with you on the long, lovely spring. Spring usually hits the Midwest like a Mack truck. I've relished every minute of this year's gradual arrival.

Oliag said...

Surprisingly gorgeous weather and gorgeous spring here in RI too...but still too early for lettuces...how lucky your co-workers are!

R and I will be watching the Amazing race tonight as we were out with the girls last night...I just may make a nice salad and pizza to go with it:) xoxox

The Japanese Redneck said...

I think we got up to 90 yesterday....

Beautiful pictures.

Carolynn said...

Happy Belated Mother's Day. If you're harvesting lettuce, your season is way ahead of ours. Still very cool and wet here.

Andi said...

Got my lettuce in late, it isn't up yet. can I have some of yours? ;) Hapy Mother's day to you. This weather is a fabulous gift!

Bluebird49 said...

The lettuce is lovely--and I think you have some really lucky co-workers!
The pizza looks really interesting an good. I'm so jealous00my husband can't even make a salad--I do not kid.HE can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich--and that's' about it.:(
I'm thinking like MPM--in my "next life"--my husband will cook!

Lili said...

My lettuce seeds remain unplanted as of yet, but time to get it in gear after seeing your abundant crop. Oh the Spring vegetable pizza looks soooo yummy...my kind of pizza...no meat! Glad you had a great Mother's Day, I've been absent on here for a bit! xo ~Lili

deb colarossi said...

Belated Mother's Day love Kate...

salad is my favourite food...

I do so heart you.

mrs mediocrity said...

okay, i'm totally jealous of that. homegrown lettuce is the best.

and I can't remember if I already told you, but just in case, Happy Mother's Day.