The birds are chirping and we finally have green… green grass, green leaves and my favorite part green in my garden. This past winter was incredibly long. I was beginning to believe Spring was never going to come knocking on our door.
To help with Spring fever in our Michigan home, we go through seed catalogs. The bright pictures and colorful names of plants are just what is needed in the final grips of winter. My children love to pick out different seeds to try. This year’s bounty will include Cherokee Purple, Brandywine and Black Krim tomatoes. How can those names not inspire the would be gardener?!
When the packets arrive in the mail, we set to work. Little pots begin to cover our window sills. We do not have a greenhouse and in our zone, seeds need to start well before the ground thaws. To do this, we start the seeds in pots and then cover the pots with clear plastic baggies from the store. Yes, the sandwich style variety. They work like a charm. Voila, indoor green house. I poke just a little hole or two at the top for air flow. The baggies are wonderful at creating a warm humid environment for seeds to germinate and sprout. My boys love to check to see when the first bits of green will pop up. Sometimes, to keep them engaged, we take bets on which will sprout first. Winner gets to pick dessert one night. This year, our Basil was the first to sprout… and one boy earned us all ice cream sundaes. Win Win situation in my books.
Seeds represent hope, dreams of the future. They are the beginning steps to new lifestyles, healthy living, even just a promise to stop and smell the roses now and then, so to speak. Seeds are tiny little packages that help teach responsibility, patience and persistence. You have to wait weeks, months even for those tiny little seeds to bear fruit. One must take care of them, water, sun, weeding… all those chores add up and are an investment in what is to come. Even in the heat of summer, being persistent pays off and you are rewarded with healthy foods for your family. These life lessons are so important. Having dreams is wonderful. Being inspired is great. Taking the next step, and pursuing those dreams is even greater. Go For It! Just go for it. Don’t be afraid to try, jump into life and if you fail at something, learn from it. Failures lead to great learning.
Through the winter, my family started seeds and just recently some of those have given us fruit. Today, I am sharing a recipe for a simple pasta dish. It uses asparagus from my garden as well as herbs that we grow ourselves.
Asparagus Penne with Bacon Cream Sauce
- 1lb Penne Pasta
- 1 bunch Asparagus (woody ends chopped off and cut into 1 inch pieces)
- 5 pieces Thick Cut Bacon
- 1/2 cup Half and Half
- 1/4 cup Scallions (finely chopped)
- 4 Tarragon Leaves (finely chopped)
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1 pinch Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon butter
- Parsley (garnish)
- Parmesan Cheese (garnish)
American Family Insurance is asking us to #ChooseDreams. Such a wonderful concept! What is it that you dream of? Planting a garden? Traveling? Trying new things? Raising a family? Going to school? Whatever it is, just go for it. Take that chance in life. American Family Insurance has set up a Pinterest board to help inspire you with recipes from the garden: http://www.pinterest.com/thesundaysupper/recipes-from-the-garden-choosedreams/
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- Lemon Herb Slow Cooker Roast Chicken by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
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- Salmon Peppers and Onions by Family Foodie
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- Strawberry Basil Pasta Salad by Peanut Butter and Peppers
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- Tortellini with Garden Fresh Pesto by The Foodie Army Wife
- Quinoa Tabbouleh by Supper for a Steal
- White Bean Cilantro Chopped Vegetable Salad by Shockingly Delicious
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This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.