Spring is Coming

IMG_3156Right now there is a tug-of-war going on between winter and spring. So even though there is a sparkling light in the air that says “spring,” and the birds have been singing more cheerfully lately, a blizzard is predicted for Tuesday. It’s as though winter has to shake his fist at us before leaving. Speaking of birds, I was astonished and delighted to see that the goldfinches are back at the feeder.

IMG_3159I think she’s the female. A brighter goldfinch swooped by but didn’t stop at the feeder, and I think he was the male.

IMG_3160She ate steadily for at least twenty minutes.

IMG_3163Glad they are back!3150x

A geranium by the south window has started to bloom–it’s called Americana White Splash.

3173xI made a favorite cookie today, called Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle. It’s for those who love chocolate chip cookies, but are looking for something a bit different. I think of them as Chocolate Cookies for Hipsters. The dough is spread in a pan and baked, then broken up into free-form shards. Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cold coffee
1-1/2 cups flour
1 6-oz. package of semi-sweet mini chips
1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds

Cream butter and sugars, beating until soft and fluffy. Beat in coffee. Gradually add flour, mixing until blended. Stir in chocolate pieces and almonds.

Spread mixture evenly in an ungreased 15 x 10-in. baking pan. It’s easiest to use the heel of your impeccably clean hands to press the mixture down evenly.

Bake at 375 degrees until lightly brown (18 to 20 minutes). Cool completely in the pan, then turn out and break into irregular pieces.

3143xJim brought back some daffodils last Wednesday when shopping–another reminder that spring is coming.

2966xAlso, the hens at nearby Primrose Farm have started laying –friend Susan gave me this lovely basket of eggs, and we have enjoyed them for breakfast. The yolks are bright orange.

rsz_books_005I have been attending the weekly Lenten Hymn Sing at church. The thought of this initially made me smile, because a more sedate occasion can hardly be imagined. But there is a joy in sitting with a small group of people and singing beautiful old songs. It’s like finding a faded rose in the hymnal, and seeing it bloom again as we sing. Some of the songs are from the shape note tradition and can be found in the Christian Harp, dating back to 1853. When I leave the hymn sing, everything in me seems put to rights–an old-fashioned term, but it seems to apply here–and I am so glad I went.

Hope your week is a happy one. Namaste. Fran

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