The grass, for one. Inches and inches of rain have fallen since Sunday, and today we keep getting a few errant snowflakes. So the grass is greening up, and any fields seeded with wheat, oats, or barley are happy with the gush of moisture.
It’s been a mess of wind and mud otherwise, and we can’t wait for dry weather so planting can continue. Or start. Every farmer gets impatient when May is near and the corn isn’t planted yet!
My own tiny growing project is coming along too. I started some seeds back in March — just peppers and tomatoes because the season isn’t really long enough to sow them directly. We’ll probably buy some seedlings too, but I’m pleased with how my little tomatoes are looking. The ones that came up at least…
The peppers were slower, but they’re making an attempt as well.
While buying groceries last week, I was inspired to buy a large tub of spinach. It didn’t look that much bigger than the bags I sometimes buy, but looks can be deceiving. I tend to chose spinach over lettuce because it keeps better and longer. (Is this true for you?) It’s generally more versatile and nutrient dense too.
Anyway, I made a big salad and added fresh spinach to tacos and sandwiches for a few days without making much of a dent. I hate having to throw out produce, so I decided JR and I would just be eating spinach at meals until it was gone.
Soon it was appearing in stir-fry, cheesy chip dip, and burritos.
I also got some great ideas via Instagram for things to make with spinach. (Thanks!)
Sadie shared this tasty Wilted Spinach Salad over Fried Eggs recipe.
Nice photo from Sadie’s blog, Dairy Good Life
Another suggestion was The Pioneer Woman’s Spinach Salad.
I mostly followed her recipe except I sautéed the onions and mushrooms together, and I used leftover Easter eggs instead of making fresh. Plus, JR and I can’t really do a salad without cheese. I was just going to cover it with shredded cheddar, but he suggested feta. I knew that was the answer. Bleu cheese or chèvre would also be good.
And there you have it. In spite of the snowflakes swirling here and there today, some things are still green!
What’s green where you are?