I wish I worked less and had more time to enjoy the gifts of spring and ... the gifts of life.Mother Nature is so generous to us giving us all these beautiful flowers,bird songs and sunshine,these gorgeous unbelievable colors and this fresh air that gives you that feeling of happiness and freedom.And where are we?Locked in offices, in factory buildings and even in our own houses working,working,working...missing our own lives...earning money for things that we don't even need!!!
The summer vacation has started but it is not summer yet.It was quite chilly this last weekend.The sunshine was singing the song "Should I come or should I go" having hard time making up its mind.My family and I though ,we had a very well spent weekend catching up with some yard work and organizing the house.I planted my vegetable patch and replanted my succulents in bigger pots.My husband cleaned the garden and worked on his flower beds.My daughter organized her room/I couldn't believe my eyes/ and took the Guinea pig outside for a play date with the sunshine and the grass.There also were delicious meals,bike rides,playing with friends,cuddling with the cats,drawing and reading.All those little things that give us joy in life.
I don't know about you but when spring comes I feel like eating lighter and healthier food.I am not vegetarian but I love all kinds of vegetarian dishes.It is nice to give a break to your body staying away from the meat and the hearty food.One of my favorite spring dishes is the spinach and rice dish with a poached egg on top.It is so fast and easy to make.I sotte a medium onion,some carrots,celery and a bag of frozen spinach in some oil.I wash one and a half cups of rice and add it to the vegetables.I cook them together for 5-6 minutes before I add a can of tomatoes.
I cook the tomatoes and the rice together for 5 to 10 minutes and then pore about 3-4 cups of warm water.I bring it to boil on high and then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer.When the rice is half way done I crack 5-6 eggs and they get poached while the dish is finishing cooking.I forgot to mention that I add a cube of chicken broth,I prefer Knorr.Can't tell you how delicious it is.
And as I am in a very healthy mood while I was cooking this dish this morning I was sipping dandelion tea.It turned out the pesky weed is actually a very good medicinal herb that helps with a lot of ailments and helps you cleanse your body from the toxins.Actually I knew that before but I forgot.I really need to work towards going back to healthier life style.So far I am glad that I keep up with my New year's resolution to drink herb tea on daily basis.
Picture number three has nothing in common with the theme of the post,it is just an eye candy.A little fairy town we saw at a plant nursery last week.
Wow,it was a beautiful day yesterday!!!It was warm and sunny,radiating happiness.I spent a lot of time outside.I did some gardening,my girl and I went on a bike ride,I did some laundry and hung it in the sun to dry.Who doesn't like the smell of the sun dried laundry?We even went on a short ride to Lanesboro,a small touristic town with artistic atmosphere.We checked out the antique shops,the art gallery and sat down for an ice cream.
It is still too early to start my vegetable patch.It is too cold.After the warm wave it got cold again and quite windy.I can't wait for the warm weather to be back so I can spend more time outside.Today I went outside for a while looking for more signs of spring in our garden.The spring flowers started coming out really strong.The light was perfect and the pictures taken with my Kindle turned out pretty good.
Last weekend we had two fun days at the Mall of America in Bloomington near Minneapolis.I wish there were an educational part in it too but no.It was pure shop-and-relax trip.So there was a lot of shopping,eating out,swimming in the pool at the hotel and enjoying of the Nickelodeon theme park at the Mall.Although my daughter is out of this age it was nice to reminiscent about her favorite cartoon characters.Dora and Blue were some of her most favorite ones.Dora was such a good babysitter that when she was on my girl would be glued to the TV screen and I could actually have time for some house work.The curious thing about the figurines on top of the Lego store is that they have been made of Lego blocks.The beautiful painting in the seventh picture was in Norstrom.