Category Archives: Sweet April
Can you believe it is May? May is such a great month. To me, it signals the return of some better weather… even a little bit of summer. The days are typically consistently warm enough in Minnesota to enjoy the outdoors and you get to start thinking about planting flowers or planting a garden.
The downside of May for me is the terrible allergies, especially living out in the country. Lately, I’ve been loving peppermint tea which is about the only natural thing that helps me feel a bit better (and actually helps diminish my cough, left over from a cold as well!). Have you ever tried Twinings Pure Peppermint Tea? I am in LOVE with it!
Before my allergies kicked in so bad, I had started doing some desperately-needed weeding in our yard and had started planting some bulbs. For some reason, I have never before tried planting bulbs so I’m interested to see how they go. I have planted some late summer bloomers; dahlias and gladiolus are two of them. I also discovered something interesting this spring. I had four daffodil plants this spring that I kept inside on my kitchen table to brighten things up. I had never before realized this, but in cold climates, daffodils are perennials! I’m excited to see them bloom again next spring!
I’ve also started planting seeds indoors so that they can get a head start on the growing season. This will be my first garden ever that I’m planning to plant (so let me know if you have any great ideas for me!). I’ve started a few tomato and green pepper plants, and the Roma tomatoes are doing so well. Mmmmmmm, fresh tomato slices with salt and pepper – I can hardly wait.
I am also just starting a little kitchen herb garden with three of my favorite herbs to cook with: parsley, basil and oregano.
And something else coming up VERY soon… Mother’s Day. It’s just twelve days from today so don’t wait until the last minute. Need any ideas? I’ve just added a few things to my Sweet April shop that would be perfect for your mother. Check out the two Mother’s Day cards and the fabulous new coasters for all those wonderful glasses of summer lemonade that your mom will soon be drinking. Here’s a look at my favorite set that I’m thinking might look good in my living room…
I am BACK! I can’t say that I was exactly on a vacation because I was actually getting a lot of stuff done.
Mostly, I was busy stocking and opening my new store on Etsy called Sweet April Cards and Gifts!! I would love it if you would check it out at www.sweetaprilcards.etsy.com and let me know what you think. So far, there are just blank note cards and Thank You cards in the shop but I am planning on adding a variety of gifts in the upcoming weeks… hopefully some in time for Mother’s Day.
Also, check out this week’s featured card, a bright design with flowing vines and modern paisley print.
I would really appreciate it if you could leave me a comment here or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you think of my site overall, the products I currently have for sale, any similar products you would love to see, the price range for the cards or anything else that strikes. There’s nothing better than getting some advice from the public on what they would like to see, so please… advise and request away! If you like my work, head on over to my Facebook page and like me there: https://www.facebook.com/SweetAprilCardsAndGifts . You can also follow my Twitter @SweetAprilCards.
I am excited to be back blogging after dedicating my time to other things. With all of our spring weather, I have so many great things to share with you about all the little changes in our yard and landscaping and the delicious foods I have been making on the grill.
Just as a little “taste” of spring, here’s one of my current favorite creations. I got the idea from a grilling recipe book but then completely changed it around. These burgers are phenomenally juicy and absolutely delicious. Sorry that I don’t have any pictures but I’ll let you use your imagination instead.
Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup chunky blue cheese dressing
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
6 mozzarella cheese slices
Mix the first 3 ingredients together completely with a wooden spoon. Form into 6 equal patties.
Grill over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once.
Place a slice of cheese on each patty for the last minute of grilling time.
Serve on hamburger buns (or like I did, on Grand’s Buttermilk Biscuits) with you choice of condiments.
So… head on over to Sweet April, tell me what you think and I’ll see you again soon!