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Friday, March 28, 2008

It's Springtime in New England! And a cookbook pimp!

It's springtime in New England!

And you know what that means, don't you?

So pretty! The flowers are blooming, the birds are arriving back from the south, the snow is melting....


This is what we woke up to this morning.

Side porch:
Views from side porch:

The park across the street:

The deck in our backyard (notice the pitiful cooler on the right that's just waiting for warmer days so we'll fill him up with ice and cold drinks again...):

I'm in love with New England. I really am. I wouldn't trade living here for anything in the world. And there's something I need to confess. ..

I'm a total freak that L-O-V-E-S snow. I was just telling some friends the other day that I was hoping we'd have one more substantial snowfall before the warmer weather really settled in. Funny, too--the tulips in our front yard are already about 3 inches tall! My daughter and I were just looking at them yesterday. Now they're covered in snow again! Hahaha! Take that, tulips! (Don't get me wrong, I love our pretty tulips, but I also love snow.) I know, I'm a freak.

The kids even have a snow day today! They were thrilled, of course, hehe.

Bonus! A cookbook pimp!

I've known Nikki (Canarygirl) for over 5 years now, and she is one of the best friends a girl could have. She's like a sister to me. She is also a fabulous cook, and makes the most delicious food. I've tried tons of her recipes over the years, and I haven't had one fail--not to mention that they're all easy and packed with flavor! She's been blogging for over a year now, and has been posting her recipes online since we met.

View her blog here.

Anyway, she has a cookbook out, and I want to recommend it. Not only does it have her original recipes, but also her amazing photos. That girl is creative!

And I know, we all have a lot of cookbooks, but if you're looking for something different, please give this a look--it's a gorgeous book, full of good food and lots of color.

You can see the book here.

Thanks for checking it out!

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ginny said...

HAHAHAHA!!! You GOT me, Elle! Omgoodness that was so funny! Beautiful spring pic's and then AAAAAAAAAACK!

I have "Cooking with Canarygirl" and love it! I've made several recipes out of it already. YUM!

I can't think to type anymore, I'm still cracking up over Springtime in New England!!!!!

Mansi Desai said...

wow, its good you like snow Elle! a california-spoilt girl, I don't think I could handle a spring like that!!:) hehehe

April in CT said...

I saw those pictures and thought "What New England is she living in!?". Ya got me! I'm a native of GA and this was my first "real" winter ever with REAL snow! I've been told it was a mild season so I'm thankful for that since it was our first. I have to say so far I love snow so you're not alone! The cookbook looks great and thank you for sharing. :)

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

You got the same snow I got!!!!! I woke up to see that the ground was covered with inches and inches of frosty white snow!

Psychgrad said...

Just as I was about to feel jealous of your tulips and spring weather.

Snow late in the season is the worst! I'm just hoping that we won't get another dump here.

farida said...

You are lucky, you can see snow:) We never have any here in California:( I take my daughter to the part where they bring fake snow every year:)) Have fun playing snowballs!

Pixie said...

Elle, I'd take a day of snow any day of the week. We actually had snow here on Easter day, but did it stick NO! Blah!

I came across canary girl's amazing artichokes from tastespotting- on my list to try. Thanks for the recommendation.

canarygirl said...

LMFAO Elle! You and your snow love.....*shakes head and giggles* Thanks so much for pimping my book!! You are too sweet to me. Love you bunches and bunches my dearestsharpestmostbrilliantcrayoninthewholeentirebox! MUAC!

Cathie said...

I cannot believe that snow!! And here am I complaining because it's 46F in Virginia!!

Elle said...

Ginny--aren't those pretty flowers? I wish they were here, but no. :)

Mansi--I do love the snow! All my friends think I'm nuts, hehe. I'll bet it's nice and warm where you are already!

April--welcome to New England, then! I didn't realize you'd only been here a short time. And yay! another snow lover!! Sooner or later, I'll convert all the haters, too. mwahahaha!

jessy--so it was you that shared the snow--thanks! I owe you one! ;)

psychgrad--omg! I just looked at the close up of your profile pic and my stomach did a flip! wooooooo! At least if we get snow at this point, it doesn't last long. Thanks for stopping by!

farida--how fun that they make snow for you guys! Sometimes, I wish I had a snow maker. Like in the summertime, when it's 90 degrees. yuck.

pixie--snow that doesn't stick is so disappointing!

cg--love you, too! muac!

Cathie--46 is almost a heatwave, hehe! We're at 28 right now, with a high of 34 expected. Thanks so much for stopping by!

RecipeGirl said...

It looks absolutely beautiful to me! We don't get a whole lot of snow (none) here in San Diego so I'm jealous. I'm sure folks out there are ready for a little relief though. I'll send warm thoughts your way as I sit here in shorts and a tank top today :)

Elle said...

Recipegirl--thanks for the warm thoughts! I think we're ready for them now. ;)

Flanboyant Eats said...


Love the snow! How awesome. Atlanta sucks in that arena. I hate that we don't get snow. We don't even get enough pretty flowers!! :(

Good for your g/friend... I'll take a look at it...

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