Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter treat, festive hat and feathery friend

- An heirloom tomato paired with an avocado and basil. This simple salad recipe was inspired by one found on the Simply Recipes blog - no fresh chives were available, so basil made a fine substitute.

- A woman passing by the produce window of the grocery store is wearing a definite spring inspired Easter bonnet. She comes in as I am leaving and I tell her how much I admire it - a straw hat adorned with flowers, Easter eggs and pink bunny ears. She tells me that I, too, could have this hat - all items found at the dollar store.

- Hearing from a neighbor that the bird nesting in my fern is a Red-breasted Sparrow, but then reading that there’s no such thing. There is, however, a female Eastern Towhee. So that's what I think she might be and love how she flies out and sits on a nearby branch to call out to me to be careful when I quietly enter and leave from my front door.


G. B. Miller said...

Sometimes you can find the funkiest things to create with from a Dollar store.

LL Cool Joe said...

Ha the Dollar store was my favourite shops in the US! :D

I love avocado!

Louvregirl said...

Lynn~ Is that the purple heirloom?
Also~~ You managed to remind me event that I remember from maybe...3rd grade (or second...) I was in an Easter Bonnet contest....(and we had to cross up on a stage...)
My hat (that I adorned with colored paper and LARGE flowers of some kind; this part of the memory is rusty...I'm afraid) ...was a rather LARGE oatmeal (cardboard) container with a sash around my chin! It sat tall on my head like Ab Lincoln's hat....
:-) :-) Oh My!!! How cute and funny is that? I have a rather long face so I must have looked a sight I imagine!!! What a gas.

Lance said...

It's finally warming up here, and I slept with the window open last night. What a treat it was to wake with the birds singing in the trees outside.

And...mmmmm...the tomato and avocado looks delicious!

Jannie Funster said...

You've re- inspired me to eat green and healthy today! Thank you. I could jump into a bath tub filled with guacamole right now!

Ahhh, remember that classic old tune...

Put on your old Easter bonnet
with the Dollar trinkets on it...



TALON said...

That is one appetizing looking dish!

I wonder if it might be a Common Rosefinch? We have some of those here and they look a lot like sparrows especially when they aren't in their full rose color (though you can see the red on the breasts all year).

I love Easter bonnets. Nice that they are still so delightfully adorned and even better when they don't cost a fortune :)

Lynn said...

G -

I know a guy who manages a Dollar store - he says they amuse themselves by having fake price checks on the loudspeaker, "Price Check on aisle 2!" "Uh - that's a dollar."

Joe -

California avocados are the best to me - I love them, too.

lg -

Yes - it is! It was so good - I almost let it go too long before it as eaten.

I love that story! I'll bet you were adorable in that bonnet!

Lance -

So glad to hear that it is warming up a bit!

Jannie -

Yeah - I'm a guacamole girl, too. :)


Talon -

I see a little flash of red when it is flying out of the fern. I watched it from my car yesterday as I was leaving and it sat on the arbor and looked around before flying back in.

Maude Lynn said...

Oh, my! That looks like a real tomato. I am so envious!

Sparkling Red said...

I work with a woman who is a highly-paid professional. She is taken very seriously. I love that at every holiday, she comes to work adorned by some type of whimsical decoration. For Easter she wore a headband with furry pink bunny ears sticking up from it. However, she keeps a straight face as if they weren't perched on her head all day. It's the best!

Adrenalynn said...

Oh, YUM! I've never heard of an Eastern Towhee, but I love the name!

Riot Kitty said...

Oh boy Lynn - if you got that hat, you'd HAVE TO take a picture and show us.

Basil would be much better with that recipe than chives, good choice ;)

Fireblossom said...

That's adorable about the bird.

desk49 said...

A feast for the eyes
a hat that said surprise
and a bird said walk on bye

Lynn said...

Mama Zen -

It took me a second, but I know what you mean about a "real" tomato - as opposed to those awful orange ones in the grocery store.

Sparkling Red -

I love people like that. :)

Lynn -

I had never heard of it either - but it sure sings sweet songs.

Riot Kitty -

She put the hat together from items from the Dollar store. And I just never do that kind of thing, but you never know. :)

I love me some basil!

FB -

I know - I love having them there. Yesterday I had to water the plant and just put the water in at the very edge so I wouldn't disturb the nest so much.

Ellis -

Another good one! Thank you for my poem. :)

Laura said...

Avocado instead of mozzarella - a perfect substitute for the lactose intolerant! Looks delicious.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Beautiful food plates you put together-
Produce has been so expensive, but I finally broke down n spent money on some salad goods this week.
The Dollar Tree got me five supplies for 5 bux today- fun to shop there.
I actually think I saw a wren going after my bread crumbs out the window yesterday- i love finding out new birds- even tho difficult to look up with the male/female differences!

Opps thunder, have to get offline again!

Lynn said...

Laura -

I hadn't thought of the lactose intolerance factor - good idea.

Snaggle -

I think it's fun to go in those dollar stores - we have Family Dollar near my house and I went in there and picked up some plastic serving spoons that I wouldn't mind losing. (I've lost so many good ones to work functions over the years.) :)