By Robert McCracken
When cumulus clouds roar across the sky.
When robins return, when children cheer,
When light rain beckons spring to appear.
Today is the day when daffodils bloom,
Which children pick to fill the room,
Today is the day when grasses green,
When leaves burst forth for spring to be seen.
I’m certain most of us have heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” In my arid California home, this saying holds true and few scents are sweeter than a fresh spring rain. I have been enjoying our short and precious rainy season. And true to the saying, spring is blooming all around us. Miles of orchards surround my house and those trees seem to blossom overnight–barren winter trees bursting into massive bouquets of pink and white.
A short drive through the foothills and you’ll find another source of gold in our California foothills at springtime—California poppies. They coat the hillsides. A light breeze through the lush grasses and those hills really do glimmer of gold.
What are your favorite spring flowers? Is there a certain flower you look forward to seeing in bloom?
A favorite tasty recipe of mine is Pistachio Pineapple Delight — a refreshing soft spring-green fruit salad filled with pineapple and mandarin oranges (although you can use a fruit of your choice).
· Empty two packets of Jell-o-brand Pistachio pudding into medium bowel.
· Dump in a 20oz can of crushed pineapple. Stir until pudding mix dissolves in the pineapple juice.
· Add an 11oz can of (drained) mandarin oranges.
· Mix in one tub of Cool Whip. Refrigerate to thicken.
(Some like to add a cup of mini marshmellows)
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