The past few days, my cooking and baking has been at a minimum. With all the fresh produce available this time of year, we have been eating lots of salads and raw fruits, because when food is this fresh, it tastes so good in its most natural state. Raspberries, blueberries, and cherries are in season right now, and they are some of the most flavorful fruits! This is the time of year to be outside as much as possible, and to let go of the schedule as much as possible. Sometimes the best recipe is no recipe at all, but just eating raspberries right from the bush, or stopping along the road at a stand that says “washed sweet cherries,” and eating the sweet, juicy cherries right there in the car.
Sometimes the best photo is the one you didn’t take, the one that shimmers in your memory like water in a lake.
Sometimes you just want to laugh a little longer and hug your loved ones a little tighter, stay up a little later, and drink a strong cup of coffee in the morning.
Sometimes the best stories are the ones you cannot possibly put into words, but remain in your heart forever.
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer, and I will be back soon with a recipe to share! I have been working on my favorite pico de gallo recipe, but it still needs some work, much to my son’s and husband’s pleasure in testing each batch.
Spring is a great time for new beginnings. I have not posted in awhile, because I have been busy working behind the scenes, making a new home for my blog, now called Dragonfly Home Recipes, at www.dragonflyhomerecipes.com. I decided to take the leap to a self-hosted site, in order to give my blog more flexibility, more space to grow, and a name all its own. It is still very much the same blog, but with more options available to me.
There have been some definite technical challenges to overcome, and there are still some minor technical glitches to work out, but with the help of one of my tech-savvy brothers and WordPress technical support, I am ready to call my new space home. I have transferred my followers to my new blog address, so if you were already following dragonflyhome.wordpress.com via email, you will continue to get emails when there are new posts. If you were following dragonflyhome via WordPress.com, my new posts will still appear in your WordPress.com reader.
I look forward to sharing more delicious recipes, musing about savoring the beauty of life through food, and connecting with all of you at www.dragonflyhomerecipes.com. Thank you to all of you for continuing to make this blogging adventure so much fun!
Our lilac bushes are now in full bloom. These are perhaps my favorite spring flower. They hold so many good memories for me. The most potent lilac memories come from Sackets Harbor, New York. We had several huge lilac bushes outside of our apartment building there, and a dear friend who lived below me shared my love of lilacs. Winters were really long and hard in Sackets Harbor, so when the lilacs finally bloomed, it was a celebration. My friend and I kept fresh, deliciously scented bunches in our apartments as long as the lilacs were flowering. Our husbands were often gone on deployments with the army, so the simple pleasures like lilacs would cheer us up. I also remember that the stiff winds coming off of Lake Ontario would blow the magical scent into our windows. That was a special place, and I’m sure I will write more about it in later posts. For now, here is a photo of some lilacs I brought in from our lovely yard.
The cherry trees are in blossom. I am so happy to see signs of growth and life after such a hard winter. It means extra to me this spring, since my father died this winter, and I feel like I want to tell him all about the new blooms. He was always interested in our plants and gardens. I feel like if I take extra time to be aware of the moment and the world around me, I can somehow communicate with him in the beyond. Here are the cherry blossoms.
I want to fill this blog with color. Right now, the area around me is waking up with color after a long, cold winter and spring. The Bradford pear trees are flowering, the tulips are blooming, and the cherry trees are just waiting to pop out into blossom. The lilac bushes have tiny little miniature lilac flowers that will hopefully expand into big, juicy, fragrant bunches. There is a tree frog somewhere out in the yard. I just started hearing it yesterday. The spring peepers have been singing for awhile. I love to listen to them at night. There have been some incredible sunrises in the past couple of weeks. With the leaves not quite out on the trees yet, we can see more of the sky. This is the most recent sunrise. It is great to see something so inspiring when I wake up groggy and uninspired. It is a gift to be able to look out my window or step out on my porch and see a view like this.