When I took the compost pail out to the bin this afternoon, I noticed a couple of daffodils lying on the ground, probably beaten down by all the rain we've had. They look happier tucked into a glass on the kitchen window sill. Behind them the forsythia glows golden.
Narcissus or daffodil - that is the question. Well, it was my question and a little research told me that Daffodil is the common name for any of the narcissus genus, but that it's usually applied to the yellow variety.
Shrimp tacos. Why did it take me so long to discover how easy they are to make? Make a coleslaw dressed with lime, cut open an avocado, crumble some feta cheese, soften corn tortillas and just before eating quickly fry peeled shrimp in hot oil. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning (I keep a jar of homemade seasoning in my cupboard), and voilà, dinner's ready!
The pot of hyacinths on the front porch is beginning to bloom. Such a lovely dark blue. And a wonderful scent, too.
Lately, I feel like all of my brain power is used up in lesson planning and marking. In English 9 it's Romeo and Juliet, and English 10 is All Quiet on the Western Front. In the block where I taught French last semester, I'm now teaching Home Ec 8.
The students made poached eggs this week, to top an open-faced breakfast biscuit (which they also made), along with bacon, tomato and avocado. The poached egg success was varied. One group thought that the eggs had to be stirred while cooking. You can imagine the result. But everyone had a good time and they are learning some basic skills.
Here at home I managed to bake a couple of loaves of whole wheat bread, using my standard Peter Reinhart recipe where I prepare the dough one day, let it rise in the fridge for 1-3 days, then bake it. So delicious slathered with butter and honey when warm. I resisted this time.
And in the garden the muscari bloom - small patches of blue and green. I love their tiny flowers, clustered like grapes, hence their common name, grape hyacinth. Mine are a medium blue and I'd like to get some of the deeper blue ones.
And so another week comes to a close. The days are lengthening noticeably and I can feel my energy increasing. Is it the same for you? Does sunlight brighten your days?
Linking with Five on Friday hosted by Amy of Love Made My Home.