Hello, from melting Michigan! It’s me Julie from redheadcandecorate.com where the snow is finally melting! I have proof because a big chunk of ice just fell off of our roof and scared the heck out of my cats. Okay, to tell you the truth it rattled me as well, but I am so ready for some sun, how about you? With Spring upon us that means Easter is quickly approaching as well, and many of us enjoy celebrating with a nice family brunch. Or, maybe you’re looking for the perfect dish to share at church or at a friend’s house? If so, you’ve come to the perfect spot.
A couple of years ago I wrote about how much spring reminds me of ‘tweens’. And, at the time, I had only experienced tween-dom with my son. But now, here I am again, right smack dab in the thick of the tween years with my daughter. Only this time around we have a teenager too.
Lord have mercy.
But, truly, with all of it’s ups and downs, sunshine one minute, rain the next, doesn’t Spring seem like it’s getting ridiculous surges of hormones? It’s so moody and unpredictable.
And yet, there’s something pretty amazing happening within all of that unpredictability.
And it’s in that growth where the magic really happens. Spring is the season of transition. There is this constant tension between the last remnants of winter and the first sweet glimpse of summer.
And so it is in this season of tweens and teens.
They’re experiencing the tension of this season where the comfort and security of childhood is still very real and yet they feel this tugging towards the future. Towards freedom and independence.
And while this stage of parenting definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, we’ve tried to embrace it in all of it’s craziness.
Just as we embrace the ups and downs of spring.
Because we know that even when those dark clouds roll in and the rain starts to pour, there is sunshine just around the corner.
And we know that the next season will be upon us before we know it so we won’t waste time wishing away the hard stuff that comes with Spring and the hard stuff that comes with adolescence.
Because the blossoms need the sunshine AND the rain in order to fully bloom.
And we are just so grateful for the privilege of bearing witness to the beauty that is found in all aspects of this season.
Thank you for meeting me here at the fence today dear friends,
Hey there, it’s been a while! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. I am so excited to be invited back today “At the Picket Fence”! Are you all craving Spring as much as I am? I bet you are. It has been a brutal Winter in the midwest (like much of the U.S.) and we are all craving the sun and warmth so badly. I was just speaking to my 83 year old Mom who lives in New York, and she said that she and my Dad feel like doing absolutely nothing, but sleeping and eating. That about sums it up for me, how about you? I told her to make sure that they are taking their vitamin D supplements, and getting a little exercise to get those endorphins moving. She agreed that was a good idea.
I feel the need to make something crystal clear here before I share the recipe for these scrumptious lemon rosemary donuts. We’re all about transparency here At the Picket Fence.
Baked donuts don’t taste the same as friend donuts. Shocking, right? Well, you may not be totally surprised by this news but my children definitely were. Our foray into homemade donuts has been an eye-opening education for them in the difference between fried and baked.
But, that being said, they are still so very, very yummy. In fact, what they lack in fried-ness (totally a word, right?), they more than make up for in dough-y, cake-y goodness.
And when you decide to celebrate spring by making them lemon flavored with a hint of rosemary, they go to a whole new level. In case you didn’t know, I’m slightly obsessed with lemons. I’ve used them to make Lemon Pasta and Lemon Crème Brulée and I pretty much love anything citrus flavored. And lemon and rosemary go together so perfectly. Like, peas and carrots.
Or….lemon and rosemary. 😉
And when you bite into it and can actually see the rosemary, it’s like all of your senses are heightened. Frankly, it’s kind of like capturing spring in a donut.
Because, I don’t know about you, but right now I feel like the whole world is coming to life and all of my senses are in overdrive. The aroma of the flowers popping up around my yard, the visual beauty of seeing buds opening on the branches of the trees, the moments when the sun breaks through the clouds and my skin absorbs it’s warmth, and even the sound of the rain pattering on the windows is a reminder of the season.
Spring has definitely arrived here in Oregon.
And it’s like a spring party in my mouth with every bite of these lemon rosemary donuts. Oh, and they have a lemon flavored glaze on top of them. Because…well…you know…lemons for the win!
Thank you so much for meeting me at the fence today,
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Hi there! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com and it’s great to be back this month at the Picket Fence with 6 clever, easy, and affordable repurposed wreath ideas from all over blog land. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all wreaths, but when folks come up with clever ways to repurpose items into a beautiful “wreath”, it inspires me to want to try it, too. By the way, if you’re really into wreaths like me, I’ve created all sorts of wreaths for all the seasons on my blog, so I hope you’ll join me there, too (subscribe here).
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“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley
I don’t often get to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mother. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I did.
It’s that time of year again when my snowball tree is laden with blooms and reminding me of this sweet story from a couple of years ago.
He came over and stood next to me as I looked out the back window.
“What are you looking at Mama?” he asked.
“I’m watching Daddy get some clippings from the snowball tree for me to bring into the house”, I replied.
“Why does he have the ladder and those long clippers?” he asked as he watched his father maneuvering around the tree.
“So that he can get the blooms that are on the top and out of Mommy’s reach. Isn’t it so romantic that Daddy would do that for me? That is love right there buddy!”
The title of this blog post should really read, “The aged galvanized metal tray that really didn’t want to age.”
And maybe it’s the fact that I turned 40 this year that made me feel a lot of sympathy towards this tray and its unwillingness to let me give it a faux aged look even while I was cursing it under my breath.
Good morning, from redheadcandecorate.com!
The birds are singing lovely tunes, the ice has melted away, and I see my green tulip tips breaking through the cold, cracked soil. My funny cat, Sylvia, is having a blast in the windows
running back and forth like a lunatic watching her friend Charlie, the chipmunk, and…I am so ready to clean the “road salt” from the interior of my car.
Thank goodness, SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG.