When I was a little girl, every time I got sick and stayed home from school, my sweet Daddy brought me a little present when he got home from work. Usually, it was a coloring book or paper dolls (I'll never forget when he brought me a Julia coloring book - remember that tv show Julia with Diahann Carroll? She was a groovy widowed nurse raising her little boy Cory all by herself. Okay, I just veered wildly off topic...) or when I was older, a Seventeen magazine. But once, when I was about 10-years old, he brought home a bouquet of daffodils. Just for me. It was the first time anyone had ever given me flowers, and it has led to a lifelong love of daffodils. And every Spring, good old Trader Joe's has them on sale for 99 cents a bundle, and I go crazy and buy 5 or 6 and fill the house with them. I loved my Daddy!
Favorite shows are back!
Woohoo! Game of Thrones premiered on Sunday, and the tension is mounting in the Seven Kingdoms. My man, Peter Dinklage has a fabulous new scar...
And Mad Men returns for it's 6th season THIS Sunday! They're promising that the focus will be more on the women this season, which is fine with me. Can't wait! Y'all should definitely check out my Cocktail Guide, and get ready to make Betty's favorite drink, a Tom Collins, while you're watching.
For about a year now, I have been getting a box of organic produce delivered to my front door every other week from Farm Fresh To You . I have LOVED it. Every time I get my box, it's a culinary adventure. It's like that tv show Chopped, because I never know what's going to be in the box, and it completely inspires my cooking for the week. Here's this week's box -
...now that is Spring, y'all! If anybody lives in So Cal, and is inspired to join the fun, click on this Farm Fresh To You link. And if you tell them that I referred you, you'll get $10 off your first box, and I'll get $25 applied to my account! Use the promo code 6164, and tell them my name. I promise you'll love it!
Since I have all this yummy produce, I made Pasta Primavera this week. It's one of Jimmy's favorite things in the world. This is the recipe I make, but you can throw in pretty much any vegetables you have. I would have put in zucchini if I'd had it. And maybe yellow squash. It's all good. Every time I make this, I am reminded that the doctor who delivered Jimmy, long ago in Brooklyn, was named Dr. Primavera. Don't you love that?
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion (or one small leek) chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup broccoli, cut into very small florets
1 cup sugar snap peas
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen peas
10 to 12 asparagus spears, sliced in 1-inch pieces
15 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth, if you're so inclined)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3/4 lb. farfalle pasta
Heat oil in a large pan. Add onion and saute until softened. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add broccoli, sugar snap peas and carrots. Cook for 1 minute. Add frozen peas, cook until defrosted. Add asparagus and tomatoes. Stir for 1 minute more, then add chicken broth. Bring to a simmer, and cook about 5 minutes. Everything should be pretty al dente.
In the meantime, cook pasta. Drain. Serve vegies over pasta, and top with lots of Parmesan.
It's good and good for you!
Whish Shave Crave Blueberry Shaving Cream
I am LOVING this stuff. I got it as a sample in my Birchbox, and I'm kind of crazy for it. First of all, it smells like blueberries, which is kind of a revelation. But the best thing is how it works. It's not like the same-old, same-old shave cream. It's so moisturizing that when you shave, you feel like it must not be working because there's absolutely no friction. But then, it does work, and when you rinse it off, you don't even need to put on lotion. It's amazing. Oh, and if you want to start getting Birchbox, you can go to THIS LINK HERE, and I'll get free Birch Points for referring you. Man, I'm all about the kickback today, aren't I?
Rockin' Robin Nail Polish
Is this the cutest nail polish ever?!!!
This will be my toe nail color from spring through the summer. I LOVE it!
Did you notice that box of strawberries up there in my produce picture? Well they were not long for this world. They were made into an excellent and terribly Springy cocktail, which I enjoyed oh so very much. Please follow suit...
2 oz. white rum
1 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 tsp. sugar
5 - 10 strawberries
Dump it all in a blender and whir it up. Is that a word? Whir? Well, you know what I mean. Serve it in a margarita glass. Yum
Hop on over to our other Spring spinners (Get it? Hop? Spring? Sorry.)...
Jan at Jan's Sushi Bar - NEW on FRIDAY
Ginny Marie at Lemon Drop Pie - NEW on FRIDAY
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